Acupuncturist and wellness expert, Bridgette Shea, join me to talk about her new book Cultivating Your Microbiome: Ayurvedic and Chinese Practices for a Healthy Gut and a Clear Mind.
In traditional medicine, such as Indian Ayurveda and Chinese medicine, the digestive system and microbiome are recognized as the foundation for good health. Our internal flora influences our immune system, brain function, hormonal balance, cravings, sleep, mood, inflammatory response, digestion, nutrient assimilation, and elimination.
Gut Health is more than prebiotics and probiotics
Going beyond probiotics and prebiotics, Shea presents Ayurveda and Chinese medicine practices to reestablish balance in your internal microbiome, support the mesentery, improve digestion and elimination, and restore a clear mind and strong immune system. She explains how to read your symptoms, from brain fog to fatigue to congestion and stool quality, and offers herbal remedies, acupuncture, and acupressure techniques, and dietary methods to improve your internal health, including a microbiome dietary reset.
We talk about
- Defining the microbiome
- Clear definition of inflammation
- The tongue shows our true health
- Sesame and coconut oil pulling
- Why Himalayan salt is the only salt you need
- The importance of using whole food oils that are not processed
- Needing sweet and salty in every meal
- Detoxify with breathing
- Fungus, virus, and yeast
- Prebiotics and probiotics are they really needed?
- Autoimmune disease
- Phlegm is really a misting of the mind and how to avoid this
- Taste and digestion
Bridgette Shea, L.Ac., MAcOM, is a licensed acupuncturist and wellness educator who has been practicing traditional healing modalities for more than 20 years. Her private practice integrates Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, and she enjoys teaching workshops on Eastern wisdom. She is also the author of Handbook of Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda and lives in Saratoga Springs, NY.