Why our gut and drains are the same?

If you do it for your gut, why wouldn’t you consider the same approach for your plumbing?

I was listening to a radio interview the other day with Dr Michael Mosley, author of The Clever Guts Diet, who asserted that a healthy gut biome benefits your entire wellbeing.

This immediately resonated with me, not just on a health front, but also on the condition of plumbing and associated cleaning problems.

Dr Mosley argued that we eat fermented foods like yogurt because it is full of living bacteria which is beneficial for our gut. He asked the program’s listeners to imagine our gut being like a rainforest, with thousands of living species contributing to its health. Well, our gut is the same with literally billions of microbes living in this biome, which we either kill by our current lifestyle, or nurture with a clever diet. We are literally half bacteria – half human.

Drains and plumbing are no different. These environments too rely on ‘good’ bacteria to help break down organic waste, and help wash it away thus preventing blockages.

He went on to explain that antibiotics and excess sugar consumption kills beneficial gut microbes. What goes in our mouth affects our gut health which in turn affects our brain, stress, sleep, immune system, whether we get allergies, eczema, hay fever, and food intolerances.

Similarly, we must consider the cost of treating odours, blockages, and the build-up of uric salts and other deposits, with expensive, harmful, and ineffective chemicals and perfumes.

The science of our gut concentrates on how to improve it; to change your biome health for the better. And unfortunately there is a lot of pseudo-science out there that promotes pro-biotics as a sort of medicine that treats everything. This is simply not true. You cannot rescue your gut health by simply parachuting in 6-billion units of microbes. Some pro-biotics are useless, simply not delivering what has been promised.

Similarly, using enzymes to replace harmful chemicals and perfumes, really doesn’t attack the problem in the correct way. ‘Good’ microbes, released at a sustained rate, produces the right type of enzymes which attacks the problem at the source. These types of enzymes helps to break down organic waste, which removes lingering odours, and also softens water, which in turn helps to flush it away. Simply using enzymes by themselves limits its effectiveness and longevity.

Dr Mosley finished by listing the benefits of adopting a ‘clever guts diet’. Our bodies function better, our general wellbeing runs at optimum levels, and health costs are reduced over time.

If we are fussy about what we eat to sustain good gut health, why are we not more discerning about the solutions we adopt to treat odours and blockages? By introducing a holistic, biological cleaning approach, we avoid adding unnecessary chemicals that end up costing us more and negatively impacting on the health of people, plumbing, and ultimately the environment. And this approach has not even touched on the debates between reuse vs. recycling vs. single use in the cleaning and services industries.

If asset protection is a priority, wouldn’t it make more sense to be proactive rather than reactive? Where can you implement the smarts that will produce long-term solutions?

Dr Michael Mosley is giving us knowledge to make an informed decision about our general wellbeing, which starts at good gut health. He is educating us not to fall for all the other rubbish that does not produce a strong gut biome. He gives the facts as they are. He is both believable and encouraging of a holistic view of our gut health. He knows his ‘stuff’; you can trust him.

Who do you trust with your asset protection and maintenance?


Link – The interview with Dr Michael Mosley

Link – The Clever Guts Diet (Book)

Link – Clever Guts (Website)

Link – Your gut problem is not all in your mind (SBS Article)

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