Category: Diet

Progress In Finding Targeted Bacteria to Potentially Treat a Variety of Issues

Again, trying to stay positive this month, for the sake of all our mental health:  the results of a recent large, international dietary study including Harvard physicians confirm yet again that a diet rich in plant-based foods is linked with a lower risk of… Continue Reading “Progress In Finding Targeted Bacteria to Potentially Treat a Variety of Issues”

Top Biome News Stories of the Year, Part 1

It’s the last week of the year, so it’s time for the inevitable yearly round-up posts!  There’s a good article on Gut Microbiota for Health summarizing some of the major microbiota scientific breakthroughs this year.[i]  Of course, you read it first here on The… Continue Reading “Top Biome News Stories of the Year, Part 1”

More Evidence that Glyphosate May Harm Our Gut Bacteria

Today, more evidence on the detrimental effects of glyphosate on the microbiome, and subsequently, human health.  Researchers at the University of Turku, in Finland, developed a means of predicting whether or not a microbe is sensitive to the chemical.[i] Glyphosate is the active chemical… Continue Reading “More Evidence that Glyphosate May Harm Our Gut Bacteria”

Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, the Microbiome and Sugar: Yet More on the Importance of Diet

Many times on this blog (look here and here, as just 2 examples), I’ve looked at research regarding the relationship of what is currently consumed as food in the industrialized world and its relationship to gut disease.  The increase in the rate of inflammatory… Continue Reading “Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, the Microbiome and Sugar: Yet More on the Importance of Diet”

Diet (animal products) and the Gut Bacteria: A Protective and Non-Protective Mechanism?

Lately, I’ve been reading more and more about biome inhabitants that have both good and bad effect.  I first introduced you to the word pathobionts in 2018 which is used to describe them.  Last week, I wrote about the sometimes-probiotic bacteria, L. reuteri, and… Continue Reading “Diet (animal products) and the Gut Bacteria: A Protective and Non-Protective Mechanism?”

Probiotics, Omega 3s and Chronic Inflammation: Part 1

As I am always on the lookout for things we can do now, I was particularly interested in reading a new paper just published in the journal Nutrients which reviewed what we know about using probiotics together with omega-3 fatty acids to reduce chronic… Continue Reading “Probiotics, Omega 3s and Chronic Inflammation: Part 1”

Yogurt and Maintenance of the Epithelial Gut Barrier

When I was a kid, there was a commercial on TV that I’ve never forgotten, for Dannon Yogurt. It showed a bunch of people from Soviet held Georgia who were all around 100 years old, looking like they were in their 60s, actively running… Continue Reading “Yogurt and Maintenance of the Epithelial Gut Barrier”

Baobab and Microbiome Diversity: Eat Like a Hazda!

A few days ago I received an email from a company (Dhow Nature Foods ) that is producing powdered baobab, asking if I’d consider writing a blog post about the product. I was pretty excited to hear from them. Baobab, you ask? What the… Continue Reading “Baobab and Microbiome Diversity: Eat Like a Hazda!”

Losing Weight – Gaining it Back…and the Microbiome

Today, for your reading pleasure, a kind of amazing 14 month long clinical trial out of Ben-Gurion University, in Israel![i]  As I am sure you all know, after dieting and losing weight, it is incredibly difficult to keep it off.  I read, not that… Continue Reading “Losing Weight – Gaining it Back…and the Microbiome”

Prevotella: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

How many times on this blog have a talked about how insanely complex is the human biome?  Yesterday, I had one of those moments where I almost threw up my hands and thought, “I give up!”  Everything seems so damn contradictory.  Then, of course,… Continue Reading “Prevotella: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly”