The countdown is on with only a few days before our screening of Kale Brock’s ‘The Gut Movie”.  We are all excited about not only the movie, but also the Q & A with Kale after the movie. (Tickets available here)

I’m sure, like me, you will find the following article by Kale Brock, a fascinating read.



By Kale Brock


Scientific evidence is pouring in on the topic of weight management and the microbiome and the evidence is clear; the balance of microbes within your body determines to a large extent the weight (and health) outcomes you experience!


In a quirky, unique study, researchers have discovered that drastic shifts occur in the microbiomes of bears during different stages of the year.  During the summer time, when bears are required to add significant weight stores for hibernation, their microbial population alters to one of highly efficient storage mode.  Specifically, researchers discovered that the levels of Firmicutes bacteria increased dramatically and the levels of Bacteroidites were largely reduced during times of weight gain – the opposite was true during winter!


Studies have also been done on humans in this area, whereby researchers note similar phenomenons in the human body – as I wrote in my award nominated article Gut Bacteria May Be The Key To Weight Loss.


To solidify the evidence gained from the study, researchers then inoculated germ free mice with bear microbes from different stages of the year (weight gain for hibernation stage and hibernation) and noticed that the metabolic effects could be transplanted and was dependent on the microbiome sample.  Those mice who received a high firmicutes population from summer-bears (trying to gain weight for hibernation) also experienced increased weight gain compared with controls! But on an extremely interesting note, these mice who received the summer-bear microbiomes did not suffer typical metabolic detriments associated with obesity!  Potentially, the natural mechanisms for bears to gain weight also has a safety mechanism in place to protect the host from metabolic damage resulting in obesity!


Once again we are seeing the typical weight management model of ‘energy’ in versus energy ‘out’ scientifically challenged.  This could explain the reason why obesity seems to be ‘passed on’ through families, as the mother’s microbiome inoculates the newborn and thus influences energy harvesting from food.  In my book, The Gut Healing Protocol, I discuss this further and offer scientifically supported suggestions on how to rebalance your gut microbes!


For more information on the relationship between weight and your gut biome, call to see Bev and the team at Go Vita your health shop in North Street in Batemans Bay or phone on 02 44729737. Don’t forget to tune into Bev and Marianne on 2EC every Wednesday at 12.15pm on Go Get Healthy.


Watch the trailer for Kale's doco The Gut Movie here and then purchase your tickets here.



Don't miss out on these exciting events:


1-30 March

Complimentary Gut Health Naturopathic Assessments  

To assist in identifying the state of your gut health, our naturopaths at Go Vita are offering 15 minute complimentary gut health assessments in our naturopathic clinic. These assessments will be available for all of March.  Appointments are necessary. Call 4472 9737 to book or visit us at 5 North Street.


Complimentary Kombucha shots all month at Nourish on North

Kombucha is a refreshing fermented tea, rich in probiotics that is beneficial to achieving and maintaining gut health. Can't wrap your head around a fermented tea? Pop into Nourish and ask the gang for your free sample.


21 March Wednesday  6 — 8pm at Nourish on North

Fermenting for Your Health 

with Katie Urbanik, Naturopath

Learn to make Kefir, Kombucha, Sauerkraut, Lacto-Fermented Vegetables, Water Kefir, Kefir Cheese, Sourdough bread and Yoghurt. $65 per person. Call 4472 9737 to book or visit us at 5 North Street.


25 March Sunday  5 — 7pm at the Batemans Bay Soldiers Club

The Gut Movie - a story of poo and the future of medicine

with Kale Brock, Journalist and Researcher

Q & A to follow with Kale Brock

Cost $20 in includes a gut health goodie bag from Herbs of Gold.  Book Here


Kale Brock is a journalist and researcher who has a passion for health, particularly gut health. Since he last visited Batemans Bay in March 2017, he has travelled to Namibia to live with The San, an ancient hunter gatherer people living traditionally on the land. This movie follows his personal journey into the impact of diet, environment and stress on the gut.  During his travels he monitored his own microbiome and how it changed in conjunction with his new surroundings. He also took microbiome samples of The San to gauge the significant difference in microbiota present across cultures.  It’s a great movie as it’s very insightful and informative whilst being very entertaining.  






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