Home' Spa and Clinic : Volume 65 May 2016 Contents "One of the biggest functions of the microbiome is the barrier it
creates between the outside of the gut and the inside of the gut," Dr
"When you have bad bacteria entering the gut, a kind of toxic
invasion, it gets more damaged and leaky, triggering the immune
responses to spike."
In turn, the buzz in plugging and healing a leaky gut is about
promoting methylation: a vital metabolic process that happens in
every cell and every organ of our body. Life would simply not
exist without it.
Methylation takes place more than a billion times per second in
the body --anything that's happening a billion times per second has
to be crucial to sur vival and wellbeing!
It was a key theme at last year's Australasian Academy of Anti-
Ageing Medicine (A5M) conference in Melbourne (as it will be this
year, August 6-7, Sofitel Melbourne on Collins) and has become the
subject of sellout A5M workshops around the country.
"Our first Methylation Workshop was held as our pre-conference
workshop last August," says Loretta York, business development
manager of A5M Medical Education.
"It was a sell- out, prompting us to repeat the workshops in
Perth last November, then Brisbane in March. They were all very
"The feedback we have received from our delegates suggests the
understanding of the Methylation process is important, as it is a
biochemical process involved in almost all of the body's functions.
"It controls everything from stress response to our energy
levels and brain health. Methylation aids in the detoxification of
hormones and heavy metals. It assists in the inflammation response
and the repair of DNA.
"We have made the recording of the Methylation Workshop
available for purchase for those who haven't been able to attend it."
THE GUT BUSINESS GROWS
Promoting healthy bacteria in the body is big business and the
proliferation of probiotics is set to increase," according to the 2015
Spafinder Wellness 365 Trends Report*.
"In fact, Grand View Research reported in November 2014 that
the global market for these good little bacteria is set to reach US
$52 billion by 2020," the report said.
"Probiotics are also being adopted in other wellness areas,
including in skin and vaginal health.
"As long ago as 2009, the Journal of Clinical Microbiology
reported on a bacteria that prevents acne and the American
Academy of Dermatologists confirmed the same in 2014.
"Expect to see probiotics in the beauty aisles in the not too
In the professional sector Probiotic Skincare is already
launched. The world's first live probiotic serum has been launched
as part of the category leading Esse Probiotic Skin Care range
out of South Africa. Now available in Australia, as featured on
SPA+CLINIC February cover, learn more this edition on page 79.
* Spafinder Wellness 365's annual Trends is developed by a team of
research analysts, editors and industry experts, and is based on ongoing
sur veys of the 20,000-plus spa, wellness and beauty providers in the
Spafinder Wellness 365 Network.
In a blog for SPAANDCLINIC.COM.AU about her stay at Gwinganna
Lifestyle Retreat, Synergie Skin founder Terri Vinson reported: "I
particularly enjoyed the lecture on the importance of gut heath.
I didn't realise that more than 90 percent of serotonin (our feel-
good hormone) is produced by bacteria in the gut and not the
brain. It really is a case of healthy gut, healthy mind!"
For several decades, researchers and scientists have known about
the direct line of communication that is found between the brain
and the gastrointestinal tract, according to Dan Hurley, award-
winning American science journalist. But this information is only
now filtering into the mainstream consciousness. "The ner vous
system as we know it first began in the gut," says Dan. "The central
ner vous system, which is found in the brain and in the spinal cord,
evolved from what is called the enteric ner vous system, or the ner ve
tissue and neurotransmitters belonging to the gastrointestinal
tract. "Because both the brain and the gut share much of the same
tissue, there is an uncanny relationship between the ner vous system
and the digestive system. "This is why, for example, SSRIs (selective
serotonin reuptake inhibitors) are sometimes prescribed for bouts
of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). "SSRIs are typically used to treat
depression. However, physicians have discovered that when treating
depression in patients with IBS, that these patients also find relief
from irritable bowel symptoms when they take an SSRI drug.
"These findings have been confirmed with MRI imaging: there is a
clear relationship between gut function and brain function.
"What exactly is going on? For starters, serotonin is a
neurotransmitter. It is responsible for regulating things in the body like
mood, appetite, and sleep. "The right amount of serotonin in the brain
produces a relaxed and positive feeling. "As it turns out, approximately
90 percent of the serotonin in the body is located in the gut.
"Do you want to get happy? Boosting your gut health with
beneficial bacteria will not only improve digestion, but it can
benefit your mood!" F
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