This week, we talked to Maya Sheatreat, who is a neurologist, herbalist, urban farmer, and author of “The Dirt Cure”. We discussed topics such as the microbiome, growing food, and microbes we’re exposed to on a daily basis. We hope you enjoy watching or listening as much as we liked speaking with her.
00:00 Introduction of Maya Shetreat
01:24 “The Dirt Cure”
04:25 Our microbiome and its effect on our health
09:44 Indigenous communities: what they’re doing right for their bodies
14:45 Social distancing and our health
19:08 Steps to take to improve your microbiome and overall health
26:03 Shifting mindset and daily rituals
From allergies and ADHD to mental illnesses and obesity, chronic diseases, in children, are rising dramatically. A traditionally trained pediatric neurologist and a parent herself, Dr. Maya encountered the limits of conventional medicine when her son suffered a severe episode of asthma on his first birthday and hit a developmental plateau. Treatments failed to reverse his condition, so Dr. Maya embarked on a scientific investigation, discovering that food was at the root of her son’s illness, affecting his digestive system, immune system, and brain. The solution was shockingly simple: Heal the food, heal the gut, heal the brain…and heal the child.
An average, healthy person has 3-5 pounds worth of microorganisms living throughout their body. What we need to be healthy is to be exposed to many microorganisms.
Our bodies are constantly learning, and our immune systems are very social and like to meet and greet many microorganisms. Psychobiotics are the “next generation” of antibiotics that refer to live bacteria that, when ingested in appropriate amounts, might confer a mental health benefit by affecting microbiota of the host organism.
We have a diverse microbiome all throughout our body, it is not limited to the gut microbiome. Almost every organism has some benefit to us, in some way. That doesn’t always mean we experience it in the right ways, because sometimes our bodies behave vulnerably.
In the peculiar times of social distancing, we should still be taking time outdoors to replenish our vitamin D levels as well as continually expose ourselves to outdoor microbes, without putting ourselves at risk to harmful viruses.
5 Tips to incorporate these lifestyle choices into your daily life:
- Growing your own food is not only good for your health, but time spent with the soil helps with microorganism exposure.
- Washing your hands with soap is sufficient to remove harmful germs while sustaining your skin microbiome.
- Avoid bleach, hand sanitizers, and harsh cleaning products.
- Find more compassionate ways of interacting with people.
- Pay attention to your spiritual health, as well as physical.
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Thank you for listening, and we’ll see you next week back at our blog.
Dr. Tiffany Caplan & Dr. Brent Caplan
PS: Have fun exploring the creative and flavorful recipes in Dr. Caplan’s cookbook “Friendly Recipes to Calm the Fires of Inflammation.” These delicious recipes are great support for lowering inflammation due to lupus or other autoimmune disease symptoms.