This is the 5th episode of the 'Microbiome Gazers'. Proudly hosted and organized by BugSpeaks® and Leucine Rich Bio.
In yet another special episode, we were glad to have Nimrod Mon Brokman. Mon is the co-founder of Behavioural Foresight - a company in the field of Behavioural Science and Psychology that provides a holistic approach to the health of body and mind. His mental approach been shaped while working with Olympic athletes and different types of performers- from the encounters in the Israel Defence Forces and as a former professional athlete himself.
Mon begins by sharing his own [fascinating] life experience as a fencer for Israel Olympic team to his work as a rescue worker for defence services to his academic orientation towards psychology.
With this experience, he brings his unique view on the mind and body and how to explore & exploit it further for personal development.
Later, Mon delves deeper into definitions of behavioural psychology and behavioural economics.
He differentiates the aspects of behavioural psychology into two approaches, a top down approach [mind to body] and bottom up approach [body to mind], and how microbiome plays a significant role in the bottom up approach.
Further, he adds as to how objective neurological measurements like biofeedback and neural feedback can be used to make subjective observations about an individual’s behaviour, to increase their potential – physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Given the pandemic and its side effects, Mon touches upon the aspects of stress, how crucial it is cope and manage it well, why it is critical to push us towards a favourable outcome, instead of a unfavourable outcome, which we are usually inclined towards.
The stress and its management bring them to the bottom up approach, where the microbiome, influencing the gut-brain axis, has a crucial role to play.
Kumar expands on this aspect, and stresses on the notion that “root of all disease is inflammation” and “root of all inflammation is in the gut”.
Mon and Kumar later talk about breathing, breathing exercises, gut microbiome and GBA, along with the criticality of respiratory system [gut-lung-axis].
The focus later shifts to neurological measurements of brain waves and how its function can be used for making objective and subjective observations about behavioural diseases.
The most interesting aspect of these measurements, in context of gut and microbiome, comes with the idea of managing anything from acidity to constipation to anxiety and depression, by understanding the triggers for these biofeedback measurements.
Mon also demonstrates some aspects of breathing exercise, more specifically on the resonance breathing which can be adopted by almost everyone.
Kumar tops all this with some details on how the gut microbiome controls the behaviour from a simple hunger to a craving to much deeper behavioural patterns.