Tag: fiber

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!”

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”

What You Eat: the Main Factor in Determining Your Microbiota

A new study out of Washington University in St. Louis shows, yet again, that even species matters less than what you eat and your lifestyle in determining the composition of your gut bacteria.[i] These researchers analyzed the fecal microbiota a of 18 wild chimpanzees… Continue Reading “What You Eat: the Main Factor in Determining Your Microbiota”

The Bacterial Microbiome and Non-Native Fiber: A Halloween Tale

Today is Halloween here in the United States, so I figure it’s the perfect day for a super scary post about fiber. Not kidding.  This has me terrified. Dr. Liping Zhao is a professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology at Rutgers University… Continue Reading “The Bacterial Microbiome and Non-Native Fiber: A Halloween Tale”

Prebiotics: Yet Another Layer of Biome Complexity

I regularly receive FB messages and emails from people asking me what probiotic or prebiotic they should be taking.  If I knew the answer, I’d be rich.  The answer is…no one knows.  We are so at the tip of the iceberg on all this,… Continue Reading “Prebiotics: Yet Another Layer of Biome Complexity”

Diet, Diet, Diet and the Microbiome…and Did I Mention Diet? (And a Bonus: An Herbal Thing You Can Do Now)

A recent discussion on my Biome Buzz Facebook page, in response to a post about the benefits of boosting Akkermansia muciniphila in the gut,  has prompted me to once again write about the single most important thing when it comes to influencing the health… Continue Reading “Diet, Diet, Diet and the Microbiome…and Did I Mention Diet? (And a Bonus: An Herbal Thing You Can Do Now)”

More Evidence for Industrialization Leading to Biome Depletion

Earlier this week, I wrote about a couple of new articles in the lay press about helminths.  When I posted this on Facebook, one of my readers commented that it reminded her of a blog post from this past November, about how the loss… Continue Reading “More Evidence for Industrialization Leading to Biome Depletion”

Eating Fiber During Pregnancy…Likely a Really Good Idea

Ok,  on Tuesday I promised you a markedly less depressing post next time.  So here goes!  (And please note irresistibly cute, happy photo of little piglets included…) A funny little coincidence this morning…. (But first, a quick primer on fiber, which I talk about… Continue Reading “Eating Fiber During Pregnancy…Likely a Really Good Idea”