The gastrointestinal tract contains trillions of microbes – collectively known as the gut microbiota – that play essential roles in physiology and health. More recently, the scientific community has begun paying more attention to the human gut as a complex ecosystem of bacteria, archaea, eukaryotes, and viruses with robust connections to the rest of the body.
Microbes that comprise the gut microbiome can weigh up to 2 kg and are imperative to host digestion, metabolic function, and resistance to infection. The human gut microbiota has an enormous metabolic capacity, with over 1000 different unique bacterial species and over 3 million unique genes. Yet current science has only just begun to unravel how these microbes affect overall human health.
While dietary patterns are well known to modulate gut microbiota composition, recent studies suggest that another lifestyle factor can alter gut microbial communities as well: physical activity.
Could exercise be the secret to a healthy gut microbiome?
Wearable health devices are the new wave of technology becoming increasingly popular among people who aim to improve their lifestyles and monitor health conditions. Step counters, smartwatches, smart jewelry pieces, and even sweat-sensing patches combine increasingly sophisticated software and data algorithms to provide users with a better understanding of their activity levels, sleep, heart rate, and other vital analytics that can affect their overall health. Granting users access to this live data and trend patterns can help them make informed decisions that can improve their lifestyle choices and encourage them to take action towards a healthier future.
The introduction and widening adoption of such devices has the potential to transform health care. Wearables can promote longevity by helping people monitor their health, reach peak performance, improve the experience of medical care, and much more.
The future of wearables promises to be exciting, with the continuing emergence of more innovations and developments in this technology. As these devices become more advanced and their clinical applications expand, their impact on population health and longevity will continue to grow.
A4M kicked off a bustling education season this September by hosting two industry-leading events featuring eight diverse programs, over 150 sessions, and nearly 100 highly-acclaimed expert speakers. Gathering hundreds of healthcare professionals from across the country, both conferences were remarkably successful and showcased the latest in integrative health, anti-aging, and longevity.
Between September 8-10, pediatric specialists, functional medicine experts, cardiologists, and anti-aging medicine practitioners came together in the stunning coastal town of Rancho Palos Verdes, CA – where they spent the weekend immersed in the latest education among fellow trailblazing clinicians and breathtaking scenery.