Belfast Co-op Class : Tending your Inner Garden: the Microbiome and Your Health

Community Happenings
Unitarian Universalist Church
37 Miller St Belfast, ME
Jun 27, 2018
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Did you know that inside all of us lives trillions of bacteria and other microorganisms, collectively called the microbiota?  While they live in many places of the body, most of them live in our gut, where they have profound effects on health. The microbiota can  affect our risk for obesity, diabetes, and evidence continues to emerge revealing links to many other diseases, including neurodegenerative disease.  Some studies even show they have an affect our moods!


Come learn about what the microbiome is and all that it does for our health.  We will explore the evolution of the microbiome, starting at birth, and the many lifestyle and dietary factors that can lead to dysbiosis - a microbiome out of balance.  Learn ways to tend this “inner garden” through the use of nourishing whole foods. We will also cover probiotics and where they fit in with a healthy gut.


Elisa Ross RDN, LD is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with a private practice in Belfast, Maine. She helps clients improve their health and well-being through the use of whole foods and lifestyle changes.  Ross works with clients with a wide variety of health concerns, from managing disease or "chronic unwellness," to taking a client’s eating plan from good to great. Her particular areas of interest include digestive health, ancestral ways of eating, and optimizing nutrition while on a restricted diet.  Ross writes a monthly “Nourishing Nutrition” column for the Free Press.