The Bread & Nutrition Library serves as a comprehensive resource hub, catering to different aspects of your learning journey. It includes a diverse array of materials such as lectures, tutorials, and various other resources. The library is thoughtfully structured to ensure ease of navigation, regardless of whether you’re focusing on practical or clinical modules.
It’s important to note that while practical and clinical modules are taught distinctly, all resources are consolidated under a single umbrella for streamlined access. This approach enhances the coherence of your learning experience, allowing for a more integrated understanding of both practical and clinical aspects.
Please be aware that access to certain materials might be contingent upon the specific module you are enrolled in. This is to ensure that the content you access is most relevant to your current stage of learning. We value your understanding and cooperation in this regard, as it helps maintain a structured and focused learning environment
Syllabus for The Sourdough School
|What you will learn
- THE SYMBIOTIC EATING RECIPES LIBRARY
This library is the practice of the lifestyle approach to baking as Lifestyle Medicine this is part of the first principle of The BALM Protocol. It is what we call sequenced eating. Throughout the season, we encourage our members to eat symbiotically. These recipes are balanced in accordance with The BALM Healthy Eating Pyramid and can often be found as tasks within the syllabus, where we suggest that you make them and incorporate this approach into your diets.
- THE INCLUSIONS LIBRARY
The library offers detailed insights into my favourite inclusions and examines how specific ingredients can potentially benefit health. It's crucial to approach this subject with a balanced perspective. While there's growing interest and research in the area of gut microbiome and its impact on health, it's important to note that many of these studies, particularly those concerning the gut microbiome, are either in vitro (conducted in a controlled environment outside a living organism) or involve animal studies. This is because this field of research is relatively new and still evolving.
As a result, we exercise caution and do not make sweeping claims about the health benefits of certain ingredients. The research, while promising, is often not yet conclusive, especially when it comes to translating findings from in vitro or animal studies to human health. This nuanced approach ensures that the information provided is both responsible and grounded in the current understanding of nutritional science.
The library, therefore, serves as a resource for exploring the potential health benefits of various ingredients, with an emphasis on the emerging but still developing understanding of their impact on gut health and overall wellbeing. This approach aligns with the ethos of providing information that is both informative and evidence-based, allowing for a more thoughtful and informed application of nutritional knowledge in everyday life
Nevertheless, there’s clear evidence that antioxidants and diversity benefit you. These can be found in the fruits, vegetables, spices and legumes that you eat on a daily basis, but let’s not forget that it’s possible to incorporate even higher levels of polyphenols and flavonoids into your diet using grains and diversity blends.
- FIBRE - TOPIC
In this library, you will find an extensive analysis of fibre, delving into why it is so crucial for our health. The emphasis on fibre is grounded in robust scientific evidence, with every epidemiological study, blue zone research, and gut microbiome research pointing to its key role in gut health and longevity.
These findings underscore the importance of fibre in our daily diet, not just for disease prevention, but also for the overall improvement of health and well-being. Given these significant benefits, the library includes resources that share practical tips and guidance on how to incorporate more fibre into your daily diet. Such information is invaluable for anyone looking to improve their dietary habits and, by extension, their long-term health and longevity. The focus on fibre aligns with the wider ethos of the library, which is to provide scientifically-backed, practical nutritional knowledge that can be applied in everyday life
This is the Link to the In 2019 study in The Lancet summarised findings that diets high in fibre (between 25 and 29 grams of fibre per day) reduced the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, colorectal cancer, lowered cholesterol, reduced blood pressure, and even helped maintain body weight. This post shares how to eat more fibre every day.
- THE NUTRITIONAL VALUE OF WHOLEGRAIN LIBRARY
Understanding bread, particularly from a nutritional perspective, indeed necessitates a thorough examination of the value of grains. Wholegrain bread, in particular, is pivotal in discussions about public health and diet. It is an essential source of nutrients and offers numerous health benefits, making it a significant component of a balanced diet.
The BALM (Baking as Lifestyle Medicine) Protocol emphasises the importance of whole grains in promoting health and well-being. This approach recognises that baking, and by extension, bread consumption, is not just about indulgence or satisfying hunger. It's about consciously choosing ingredients that contribute positively to our health.
Wholegrain breads are rich in essential nutrients like dietary fibre, vitamins, and minerals. The fibre in whole grains aids in digestion and helps maintain a healthy gut microbiome, which is crucial for overall health. Additionally, the consumption of whole grains is linked to reduced risks of several chronic diseases, including heart disease, diabetes, and certain types of cancer.
The BALM Protocol likely emphasises these aspects, advocating for baking as a form of lifestyle medicine. In this context, bread-making is not just a culinary activity but a health-focused practice. By choosing whole grains and other nutrient-dense ingredients, bakers can create bread that not only satisfies the palate but also nourishes the body and supports long-term health.
This library, as a nutritional library, likely offers extensive resources on the health benefits of whole grains, the nutritional profiles of different types of bread, and perhaps even guides on how to incorporate more wholegrain products into one's diet. It's a valuable tool for anyone looking to deepen their understanding of how bread and baking fit into a healthy lifestyle.
- KEY PROBIOTICS AND HOW THEY NOURISH THE GUT MICROBIOME
In this topic, we delve into the fascinating world of probiotics and their influential role in the production of neurochemicals and the modulation of the gut-brain axis. Probiotics like Bifidobacterium animalis subsp. lactis, Streptococcus thermophilus, Lactococcus lactis subsp. lactis, and Lactobacillus rhamnosus are not just beneficial for gut health; they also have a significant impact on our neurological well-being.
These probiotics can produce neurotransmitters themselves or stimulate other gut bacteria to produce these crucial neurochemicals. This aspect is particularly intriguing as it highlights the direct influence that gut flora can have on our brain function, mood, and overall mental health. The production of neurotransmitters by gut bacteria is a testament to the complex interplay between our diet, gut microbiome, and brain.
This topic aligns perfectly with the concept of eating symbiotically. Eating symbiotically involves choosing foods that not only nourish our bodies but also support the diverse ecosystem of microbes living in our gut. By incorporating probiotic-rich foods into our diet, like cultured butter, we can actively contribute to the health and diversity of our gut microbiome. This, in turn, impacts the production and regulation of neurochemicals, thereby influencing our gut-brain axis.
You will find recipes in this section such a cultured butter is an excellent example of a symbiotic food. It's made by fermenting cream with beneficial bacteria, which not only imparts a distinct flavor but also introduces probiotics into our diet. When we consume such fermented foods, we're not just enjoying their taste; we're also feeding our gut microbiota, fostering a positive environment for them to thrive, and indirectly supporting our mental and neurological health. This holistic approach to nutrition underscores the importance of considering not just what we eat, but how it affects our entire body system, including our brain.