Tag: nutrition

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”

Inflammatory Bowel Disease, the Microbiome and…(ahhhh!) Mango

My regular readers know that I am always on the lookout for “things you can do now,” and that I get very excited when I find something that actually makes sense, even if it’s not entirely proven or the mechanism of action fully understood. … Continue Reading “Inflammatory Bowel Disease, the Microbiome and…(ahhhh!) Mango”

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”

ADHD and the Microbiome…and a Nutritional Supplement

A small pilot study, done by New Zealand researchers, was just published[i] that has me pretty excited.  (I love studies that involve nutrition!) The research involved 17 children (aged 7 to 12), diagnosed with ADHD.  10 of these were given micronutrients supplements for 10… Continue Reading “ADHD and the Microbiome…and a Nutritional Supplement”

Food Processing: Another Suspect in the ‘Globesity’ Epidemic?

Last night, I read an article that fit absolutely perfectly into my unintentional but prominent theme of the last couple of weeks:  the relationship of the microbiome to weight issues…and to food:  “Food Processing, Gut Microbiota and the Globesity Problem.”[i]  Yup – we face… Continue Reading “Food Processing: Another Suspect in the ‘Globesity’ Epidemic?”

Nutritional Treatments and Autism: Too Little Research but…Here’s Some of What We Currently Know

Well – I am feeling somewhat overwhelmed!  A brief internet search yesterday morning, in which I was looking for new and interesting research, led me to 10 papers that I want to read and write about for you.  Considering that it takes quite a… Continue Reading “Nutritional Treatments and Autism: Too Little Research but…Here’s Some of What We Currently Know”

Biome Bliss: An Interesting New Prebiotic Supplement

A week ago or so, I got an email from a company that makes a really interesting prebiotic product.  They offered to let me try it out on myself, and after looking through their website, I readily agreed.  (I took my first dose this… Continue Reading “Biome Bliss: An Interesting New Prebiotic Supplement”

More On Anorexia and the Bacterial Microbiome: Searching for the Optimal Diet Solution

I haven’t seen any new research on the biome and eating disorders recently (I first wrote about this topic in November of 2017,  but have seen precious little since), so was very pleased to spot an article[i] yesterday on Gut Microbiota for Health which… Continue Reading “More On Anorexia and the Bacterial Microbiome: Searching for the Optimal Diet Solution”

The Continuing Development of the Bacterial Microbiome After the Age of 3

We’ve known for quite some time that gut flora development from birth through the 3rd year of life has a tremendous impact on health throughout the lifetime.  However, not much research has been done on the continuing development of the microbiota in school aged… Continue Reading “The Continuing Development of the Bacterial Microbiome After the Age of 3”