More Than a Gut Feeling: The Nutrition of Tea, Microbiome & Viruses
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Speaker: Michelle Pierce Hamilton
Beeton Speakers Room (D)
Speech topic: More than a Gut Feeling: Tea, the Microbiome and Viruses
The human microbiome is a diverse world of trillions of bacteria that covers the human body inside and out, and is now understood to directly influence our health in a myriad of ways including emphasis on the strength of our immune function and our susceptibility to viruses. Tea has long been researched and praised for its it many health benefits, on account of over thousands of bioactive polyphenolic compounds. Since the microbiome’s powers to work for us or against us is largely derived from what we eat and drink, these combined truths leave tea lovers wondering, does any evidence exist to show if tea (camellia sinensis) has a meaningful role in protecting us against viruses like influenza or even SARS COV2?
Michelle Pierce Hamilton is a practising Nutritionist, Certified Tea Sommelier, and Healing Arts Practitioner/Teacher, passionate about evidence-based tea & health. These combined philosophies and disciplines are the spirit behind Michelle’s Nutrition-based tea brand, beTeas (www.beTeas.com) and The Tea Lounge, an ‘old world’ teahouse where local food meets excellent tea, based on valuing the health and well-being of people and the planet. The shop hosts a range of unique tea themed events and classes in tea, nutrition and healing arts.
An educator at heart, Michelle has been an instructor for over 20 years for various programs of nutrition, tea sommelier and project management. A long-time industry project management professional (PMP), Michelle also continues to consult and train in the health care sector.