Gut Health for Mental Health + Microbiome Wisdom | Kriben Govender {Podcast #032}

An exciting area of modern science is exploring the connection between the gut and our brain. They are intimately connected.

The bi-directional communication pathway in us has been dubbed the gut-brain axis.

There’s plenty of evidence that stress and violence will negatively affect one’s microbiome, mood, immunity and bodily functions.

According to Ayurveda, 85%-99% of health concerns originate as digestive imbalance - "manda agni"

The collective of micro-organisms that dominate the human body, the microbiome, play a very large role in gut health, mental health, and basically all biological functions.

We are 90% bugs. Most of the cells in our body are microbial.

We need to get more familiar with the microbes that dominate our gut.

About Kirben Govender

Kriben Govender, is a Food Scientist, Registered Nutritionist and Founder of Nourishme Organics, a company specialising in Gut Health and Mitochondrial health-focused products and Allele Microbiome – a provider of cutting edge Metagenomic Stool Testing and Deuterium Testing. 

With more than 20 years of Food industry experience in the field of Research and Development, Quality Assurance and Procurement, Kriben intimately understands the food supply chain and the interaction between diet and the gut microbiome. He has personally visited more than 100 food processing sites across the world. Kriben is an expert in the art of making fermented foods like Kefir, Kombucha and fermented vegetable etc and was a Judge in the 2019 RASV Australia Food Awards.

He is the host of one of Australia's leading Nutrition Podcasts - The Gut Health Gurus Podcast  where he frequently interviews health experts from around the world.

In This Episode We Discuss

Kriben’s current anxiety and gut issues that are manifesting in the stressful times of COVID-19.

Kriben’s struggle with anxiety and depression

Then corporate work further exacerbating his stress.

Taking a nuclear anti-biotic which changed his mental health overnight.

He was suicidal and ready to end his life, then learnt about the gut-brain axis.

What is the Microbiome

The collective of microbiome - Bacteria, yeast, viruses parasites.

The gut-brain axis is a bi-directional communication pathway.

  • Most of the communication is going from gut to brain via the vegas nerve into the brain.
  • Stress can alter the micro-organisms in the gut.

There is no such thing as a good and bad parasite or virus. It is all about harmony and balance.

 Some when out of balance can create disease.

The Important Purpose of Viruses in Nature

  • They are the only things that can quickly change our genome.
  • COVID-19 in problematic because it is novel - we have never been exposed to it and have not developed herd immunity to it.
  • Viruses are natures
  • Scientists have been using Corona viruses to implement gene therapy protocols for many years.

Mitochondria

  • Ancient microbes
  • Modern mitochondrial insults - nnEMF, chemicals, air pollution, artificial lighting, unclean water, over consumption of sugar.
  • Damaged mitochondria leads to poor immunity.

GABA in the Gut

  • Gamma-Aminobutyric acid - an amino acid produced by the brain.
  • Chief inhibitory neurotransmitter.
  • Reducing neuronal excitability - relaxation, reduces stress, increases calm, balances mood, alleviates pain and helps with sleep. - “The brakes of the brain.”
  • Responsible for the regulation of muscle tone.
  • Food sources - Kefir, yoghurt, whole grain, walnuts, almonds, citrus, berries, spinach, broccoli.

Seratonin

A study showed 95% of serotonin production occurs in the gut.

5-hydroxytryptamine receptors or 5-HT receptors, or serotonin receptors are derived from the gut.

Selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs) inhibits 5-HT re-uptake (reabsorption of the neurotransmitter - important because it allows for recycling of neurotransmitters and how their release lasts).

Dopamine

Responsible for cognitive functions such as decision making, attention, memory, motivation, and reward.

A study showed how Dopamine is produced in the gut by showing a "considerable urinary excretion of dopamine metabolites indicates that large amounts of dopamine are produced in unknown locations of the body."

Microbes affect how people metabolise these compounds, regulating the amount that circulates in the blood and brain.

Enteric Nervous System

  • Second brain. Located in the gut. A nervous system the size of a cats brain. All your nerve plexuses end in your gut.
  • Modulated peristalsis, going to the toilet.
  • Everything starts from umbilicus.

Butyrate / Butyric Acid and Leaky Gut

  • From butyric acid - a health beneficial short chain fatty acid.
  • It got its name from the latin word for butter, butyrum.
  • Your gut bacteria produces butyrate from prebiotic fibres in plant foods. Specifically clostridium butyricum.
  • While is was first discovered in butter, ghee is the highest source of this superfood.
  • Reduces anxiety and depression. Provides neuro-protective effects.
  • Helps digestion by maintaining integrity of the GI mucosa and gut lining.
    • Can plug a leaky gut.
    • Intestinal permeability - in a healthy barrier, tight functions are relaxed allowing water and nutrients to pass through.
    • It is the main energy source for colonocytes, the cells which make up your gut lining. - Unlike other cells in the body which use glucose (sugar) as the main energy source.
    • Colonocytes help provide an oxygen-free environment in which beneficial gut microbes thrive.
  • Inhibits growth of unwanted bacteria in the gut and interfered with the growth of toxic bacteria.
  • Anti-inflammatory.
  • Encourages growth of the beneficial bacteria like Bifidobacterirum.
  • Supports and regulates healthy bowel motions.
  • Supports the health of intestinal mucosa during inflammatory bowel conditions.
  • Supports health cholesterol.
  • Increases cellular energy production.
  • Reduction in fatty tissue and hunger levels.

Triggers for leaky gut

Improve tight junctions in the gut lining

Flavanoids (fresh fruits), omega 3 fatty acids, sea-weed, glutamine (fermented veggies, broccoli, bone broth collagen peptides), sulforafan (broccoli and broccoli sprouts), vitamin D (sun), Vitamin A (cod liver oil, sardines), Zinc (oysters), Butyrate, sulforaphane, some probiotics (MegaSporeBiotic), and Kefir.

Circadian Medicine

  • Light signalling.
  • Reduce artificial blue light, especially after sunset, since that increases cortisol and reduces melatonin.
  • Use blue light blocking glasses. Both Kriben and I recommend RA optics (discount code: VITALVEDA)
  • Download iris tech to shield your computer screen from blue light.
  • Your digest fire (agni) is resulted by the sun. Have a good lunch and light dinner.
  • The light hitting your skin while you eat has an effect on digestion. - Beware of the light your are eating under - eat under natural light, and not under artificial light. This particularly effect blood glucose.

General Principles for Eating:

  • Whole foods, avoid packaged foods.
  • Fresh foods. Avoid left overs.
  • Eat local foods. Foods that are grown and sourced locally.
  • Relax and eat.

Kefir

  • Countless health benefits.
  • Two types: Milk Kefir and Water Kefit (vegan).
  • How to Make: Simply add 1tsp of kefir grains into a glass of 250ml milk, leave for 24 hours and strain. Then pass the yoghurt through a sieve, and keep the kefir grains for next time.
  • What are Kefir grains - symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast. Scientists can’t replicate the grains in labs. People replicate and share the grain amongst each other.
  • They replicate. Kriben hypothesises they found the the kefir grains in a stomach (biofilm) of a goat. Water kefir grains come from a type of cactus.
  • Around 15 strains of bacteria in water kefir.

Microbes are sensitive to Sattva (pure state of mind and consciousness)

  • There’s plenty of evidence that stress and violence will negatively affect one’s microbiome, mood, immunity and bodily functions.
  • Sattvic bugs. - sattvic lifestyle.
  • Spiritual people.
  • We are 90% bugs. Our consciousness impacts that.

Rhythmicity

  • Very emerging science, funnily enough, a key Ayurvedic recommendation for health and to balance vata.
  • Consistent and regular waking times, sleeping times, light exposure, eating times, bowel motions.

Resources

Nourish Me Organics - Shop, podcast, blog and more Discount code on kits: VITALVEDA

Blue Light Blocking Glasses by RA Optics - discount code: VITALVEDA

Iris - Computer software for Eye protection


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Viruses: Comprehensive Truths & Corona Virus: Reality Check | Dr. Jimi Wollumbin {Podcast #029}

Viruses: Please educate yourself on the holistic and comprehensive science on what viruses actually are.

Empower yourself with knowledge the reality of the health implications relating to the corona virus.

About Dr. Jimi Wollumbin

Whether he is presenting at the UN or at a village health co-operative in rural India, Jimi is always a highly engaging speaker, writer and educator.

With 20+ years clinical experience and almost as much in community development, Jimi combines his deep knowledge of holistic medicine with a passion for social causes and world health.

As the social entrepreneur that founded One Health Organisation in 2005, he has since steered it to become the largest holistic and integrative healthcare NGO in the world - having distributed roughly 9 metric tonnes of medicine to hundreds of thousands of disadvantaged communities across the globe.

Jimi’s private clients value his obvious passion for traditional medical practices and the way in which he combines aspects of the traditions of India, China, Tibet and Persia that continue to inspire him. 

In This Episode We Discuss

We’ve been indoctrinated with a fear paradigm around viruses, not based in science, and there is no proof of safety or efficacy of the conventional management or treatment protocols: be it drugs or vaccines.

  • The same happened with bird flu in 2005.
  • Same scare tactics with swine flu in 2009.
  • Both pandemics turned out to be grossly exaggerated threats.
  • 2014 - Ebola
  • 2015 Measles.
  • 2016 - Zika
  • 2017 and 2018 - Influenza.
  • Then back to measles again in 2019.

The hysteria being drummed up follows a well-worn pattern where the population is kept in a state of fear about microbes so that drug companies can come to the rescue with yet another expensive (and potentially mandatory) drug or vaccine

The Human Virome

In addition to the pro-biome that exists in the gut, we also exist symbiotically with viruses and we have a virome as well.

Viruses are an important part of what life involves.

It is not in the viruses interest to be too harsh. It wants to happily live inside your genome, so that it can be immortalised inside your species.

Not all viruses are harmful to humans; some are natural bacterial predators and scientists are learning how to harness them to treat antibiotic resistant bacterial infections that have a high rate of mortality.

Loose the War Mentality

The war on life. The anti-biotic war on life.

Mind is King

  • Keep the calm mind and pacified.
  • If you fear the disease, you invite the disease.
  • Panic = sympathetic (“Flight or fight”) response it turned on = switch off the immune system and in fact every other system except the legs to run or fight.
  • Pathways of fear down-regulate the immune response.   

The reality of the corona virus, it’s danger, and what the real health threats are.

  • The current statistic of death rate is 0.2% of hospitalisations. The hospitalisations are the bad cases.
  • It is higher danger for the weak and vulnerable or for a malnourished person.
  • 92% of all deaths in this country are lifestyle mediated diseases like diabetes and heart disease.

The reality of the corona virus, it’s danger, and what is the real issue and threats.

  • The current statistic of death rate is 0.2% of hospitalisations. The hospitalisations are the bad cases.
  • It is higher danger for the weak and vulnerable or for a malnourished person.
  • 92% of all deaths in this country are lifestyle mediated diseases like diabetes and heart disease.

The Source of Corona Virus Remains Unknown

While media have been quick to blame the outbreak on snakes and bat soup, as of January, none of the animals sold at the Wuhan Huanan Wholesale Seafood Market had been found to carry the virus.

In January 2018, China’s first maximum security (biosecurity level 4) lab designed for the study of the world’s most dangerous pathogens opened its doors in Wuhan City, the epicenter of the current NCIP outbreak.

Is it pure coincidence that Wuhan City is now the epicenter of this novel coronavirus infection?

The year before, Tim Trevan, a Maryland biosafety consultant, expressed concern about viral threats potentially escaping the Wuhan National Biosafety Laboratory,43 which happens to be located just 20 miles from the Wuhan market identified as ground zero for the current NCIP outbreak.

October 18, 2019, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, the World Economic Forum and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation sponsored a pandemic preparedness exercise in New York, practicing for the emergence of a new fictional viral illness dubbed “coronavirus acute pulmonary syndrome”

In the scientific community there were legitimate fears that a lab-created superflu pathogen might escape the confines of biosecurity labs where researchers are conducting experiments. It's a reasonable fear, certainly, considering that there have been many safety breaches at biolabs in the U.S. and other countries.

January 23, 2020, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the NIH's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, announced a coronavirus vaccine is in the pipeline, with human trials set to start in about three months. Stock prices for makers of coronavirus vaccines experienced an immediate upswing in response to media reports of impending doom.

How to Optimise Our Microbiome

  • On an individual and environmental level.
  • Have a robust and thriving ecosystem.
  • Adopt a routine and diet according to your unique current body state.
  • Pacified mind.
  • Herbs - Get from a practitioner. Don’t self-prescribe.

Anti-Biotics

  • Incredibly precious medicines.
  • Really should be a last resort.
  • They need to be reserved for life-threatening situations and in some cases, acute lyme disease.
  • Excess use (like commonly used today) creates anti-biotic resistant bacteria.
  • One SINGLE course of anti-biotics produces measurable changes in the pro-biome for two years.
  • Most of common infections are viral, and mostly do not require anti-biotics.
  • Australia GPs prescribe nine times the amount of anti-biotics that the government says that are necessary. There is an large amount of inappropriate anti-biotic prescription.

The war approach on cancer is not wise

The fundamentals of disease - Consciousness.


Resources

Doctor Jimi's website - Blogs videos, podcasts and online learning.

Vital Veda Herbs Useful in Viral, Immunity & Microbiome Health

Anand Sid Yog (Nutricous Immune Boosting Bliss)

  • Strengthens Immunity
  • Maintains Youthfulness
  • Increases Productivity
  • Increases Stamina
  • Reduces Stress & Promotes Bliss
  • Enhances Digestion

+ more

Nasika (Nasal & Brain Drops)

  • Moisturise the nasal cavity and protect pollutants, unwanted microbes and virus from entering the body.
  • Prevent sinus congestion.
  • Enhance the intake of prana (life-force).
  • Promote mental clarity
  • Balance hormones
  • Balance the thyroid gland
  • Promote strong and lustrous hair and prevent premature greying and balding of hair.
  • Strengthen all the sensory organs.

Blue Pills ( Virus & Cold Conqueror)

  • Helps the body fight viruses and colds.
  • Helps the body fight infection like UTIs and respiratory infections.
  • Provides a herbal anti-biotic effect and helpful in anti-biotic resistance.
  • Anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory.
  • Good for the upper respiratory system.
  • Supports lymphatic health and helps detoxify related infections.

Prandhara (Steam Inhalation)

Prandhara takes care of some of very common problems like Headache, Cold, Fever, Nasal congestion, Stomach ache, Toothache, Insect bite, Nausea and more.

Prandhara is a must for every home and travel kit.
It is a very helpful component to your own first aid kit.

It helps clear toxins and unwanted bacteria and viruses that have taken residence in the sinus, heads and lungs.

Dashmula Katu Trayadi Kashayam (Respiratory Tonic)

A very well known Ayurvedic medicine in liquid form. It is widely used in the treatment of respiratory conditions.

Dasmula Katu Trayadi Kashayam is particularly good for upper respiratory tract infections. Helpful in asthma, bronchitis, Cough and related chest pain. It has an anti-inflammatory and bronchodilatory effect.

Swasakasantak Leham (Prana Support)

Improves “rasa and prana” health. Rasa is plasma, the dhatu or tissue, that comes first before blood.And prana is “life force” for proper oxygenation. It is particularly effective for helping coughs and congestion problems.

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Sweet Lassi

Ingredients

1 tsp – 1 TBSP fresh plain yoghurt
1-1.5 cup water.
1 tsp rose water
1/4 tsp ground cardamom
1/4 tsp quality sugar (optional)
1/4 tsp fresh cream

Method

Blend ingredients well and drink fresh.

Benefits of Lassi

  • Improves digestion and a fantastic pro-biotic.
  • Lassi is the best alkaliser.
  • As Lassi improves digestion and absorption it ultimately supports calcium absorption and bone health.
  • Balances heat (pitta) and clear the physical channels.
  • It is the best remedy (with a pinch of salt) for haemorrhoids and anal fissures.
  • A great food to introduce dairy to a lactose intolerant person after they have corrected their agni.
  • Lassi is very hydrating, and a great drink to have with lunch.

 

Cooling Lassi

Ingredients

2 tsp – 2 TBSP yoghurt
1-1.5 cup water
1 tsp coriander leaves finely chopped
1 tsp mint leaves finely chopped

Method

Blend all ingredients together well and drink fresh.

Benefits of Cooling Lassi

  • Helps with skin conditions such as eczema, hives and psoriasis.
  • Perhaps the most important food for pitta imbalance as it balances heat and clears the physical channels.
  • Lassi is very hydrating, and a great drink to have with lunch.
  • Improves digestion and a fantastic pro-biotic.
  • Lassi is the best alkaliser.
  • As Lassi improves digestion and absorption it ultimately supports calcium absorption and bone health.
  • Plain lassi with a pinch of salt is the best remedy for haemorrhoids and anal fissures.
  • A great food to introduce dairy to a lactose intolerant person after they have corrected their agni.

 

Digestive Lassi

Ingredients

1 tsp – 1 TBSP yoghurt
1-1.5 cup water
1/2tsp roasted ground cumin powder
1/2tsp roasted ground ajwain powder
1/2 tsp black salt
1/2 tsp black pepper

Method

Blend all ingredients together well and drink fresh.

Plain lassi containing just yoghurt and water is also very good.

Benefits of Digestive Lassi

  • Improves digestion and a fantastic pro-biotic.
  • Helps in reflux and diarrhoea (in this case make it more thicker).
  • Lassi is the best alkaliser.
  • As Lassi improves digestion and absorption it ultimately supports calcium absorption and bone health.
  • Balances heat (pitta) and clear the physical channels.
  • It is the best remedy (with a pinch of salt) for haemorrhoids and anal fissures.
  • A great food to introduce dairy to a lactose intolerant person after they have corrected their agni.
  • Lassi is very hydrating, and a great drink to have with lunch.