Gut Reaction

2014 ,    »  -   12 Comments
Ratings: 8.54/10 from 137 users.
Gut Reaction

The medical community has long professed the numerous risk factors associated with an unhealthy diet. The foods we eat can play a primary role in determining our vulnerability towards many potentially life-threatening conditions including obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes.

But current nutritional research studies are examining the links between diet and chronic disease from a promising new perspective: the interactions between the bacteria in food and our gut.

According to the revealing insights presented in the new documentary Gut Reaction, the key to disease prevention may lie in how we chose to nourish the bacteria that resides in our intestines. For many years, science regarded bacteria in much the same way as the public at large. Bacteria were viewed as nasty and threatening parasitic life forms that must be avoided and protected against at all costs. Just a few short years ago, however, modern technologies allowed us a peek into the inner workings of the microbial world like never before.

Through extensive study which remains ongoing, we've come to understand the many benefits associated with the bacteria which exists within our bodies. This "good" bacteria regulates our immune system and determines our defenses against potentially harmful bacteria from the outside world. In so doing, it also maintains a crucial role in the areas of mental and physical wellness.

Gut Reaction shows us how nature works to acclimate us to the presence of beneficial bacteria from the very beginning stages of life. Through the process of vaginal childbirth, the newborn is awash in the healthy bacteria of their mother, and this creates a sanctuary from which they can build defenses against harmful environmental elements. Researchers now believe that the alarming rise in cesarean births has denied many infants of this security, and increased incidents of asthma, allergies and other chronic conditions have been the result. This dynamic carries on into adulthood and is often reflected by the foreign and unhealthy bacteria that dwell in many of the foods we eat.

Could our bacteria be the ultimate barometer for measuring our risks for the world's most catastrophic diseases? Gut Reaction captures the promises of this exciting new realm of nutritional research, and suggests a fresh approach to the ailments that limit our longevity as a species.

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12 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Gord Hunter

    This could be a life-changing documentary. It's extremely informative and well done. It may have even inspired me to forgo the Betty Crocker cake mix and frosting on sale dirt cheap this weekend even though I do love a bargain. It makes me glad I do eat a fair bit of fibre and will be more careful to continue to. And maybe a little less sugar on some of that fibre (oatmeal) in the future.

  2. Phred Blunt

    I am sorry but there are no 'good' and 'bad' bacteria. Nature is not moralistic. What we choose to call bacteria are created when they are needed, either to remove that which is incompatible with the body or to aid in other processes.

    Bacteria are scavengers. This really is basic biology. There are no 'germs'. Germs were invented by a chemist (Louis Pasteur) who plagiarised others' work for his own ends.

  3. ST. Fox

    this is an ok doc - but it really is NOT cutting edge information. Everything in this documentary has been what I though was common knowledge for years... Its okay for people new to health, but to be honest there are sooo many better, more scholarly films on this topic.

  4. Fabien L'Amour

    "What we choose to call bacteria are created when they are needed, either to remove that which is incompatible with the body or to aid in other processes."

    I don't understand that sentence, are you saying the body creates bacterias?

  5. Blaice

    Okay, while I understand your point—it is mute. Labeling of "good" and "bad" is not defined as moralistic views of the bacteria.. The bacteria do not have cognitive function. He is exemplifying the fact that bacteria can do "good" or "bad" things to our body. I think you are taking his context to an unintended level. He is most likely, not a biologist, and does not intend to moralize bacteria...

    And to be as facetious as possible, there are germs... They are part of a plant, mainly wheat :P.

    Friendly Biologist/MPH

  6. Blaice

    Ha, well I am glad this doc made you forgo more processed foods, BUT I do think it is common sense that there are an exponential amount of biological and physiological factors impacted NEGATIVELY by the shift in food culture, especially in the United States. Hence, the incredible, unrelenting rise in chronic diseases and obesity.

  7. Aranyani

    Getting ready to watch this. Sincerely hope some mention is made of the insecticide spliced into the DNA of genetically modified "food" and how that poison kills off intestinal bacteria.

  8. TGOBP

    Are you saying there are no such things as Pathogens that cause disease? That Germ Theory is incorrect?

  9. gaboora

    Be wary. Certain drug companies will try to obstruct this research being put into practice. Fecal transplantation obviously works. Some drug companies will take issue with that.

  10. Kansas Devil

    I don't think the food industry is doing enough to create gut healthy foods for the typical lazy American.
    Eating well is all fine and good, but overcoming culture is the real problem.

  11. techcafe

    In other words: you are what you eat. garbage in—garbage out. if you eat like ****, then you're gonna look & feel like ****, eventually.

  12. Kehau

    @ST. Fox can you name some of those documentaries? I'm trying to find some.

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