The highly anticipated 31st Annual Spring Congress: The Fire Inside: Inflammation: The Common Pathway to Disease kicks off on Friday, May 19th promising a game-changing weekend of advanced education and practice transformation. This year’s signature event gathers some of the medical world’s brightest minds and most influential voices to spotlight one of the greatest threats to public health: inflammation. The Congress will empower attendees to unlock their full potential and become much-needed catalysts for revolutionizing healthcare by offering a platform to explore cutting-edge practical insights, innovative clinical strategies, and the latest advancements in functional medicine. Read on to find out what the 31st Annual Spring Congress has in store for you.
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?
In recent years, the gut microbiome has garnered significant clinical and popular attention as a critical component of overall health and wellbeing. As a burgeoning body of evidence reveals, gut health is a foundational element of whole-person wellness; imbalances and bacteria overgrowth have been directly linked to chronic diseases ranging from obesity to major depressive disorder. Most diseases are associated with changes in the types and behavior of gut bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other microbes – including aging.