Tag: Probiotics

In Breaking Down Fiber, Our Gut Bacteria Do Us Yet Another Healthy Favor

And here is yet another reason why we love our good gut bacteria.  This research perfectly illustrates our symbiotic relationship with our old friends. As my regular readers know, there is so much we still don’t know about fiber:  exactly how does it benefit… Continue Reading “In Breaking Down Fiber, Our Gut Bacteria Do Us Yet Another Healthy Favor”

A Probiotic to Reduce Physiological Effects of Stress and Anxiety: Clinical Trial Results

Today’s good news is brought to you by researchers in Finland and Germany who are looking for natural means of alleviating the development of mood and stress-related disorders.[i]  I don’t know about the rest of you, but I sure as hell could use some… Continue Reading “A Probiotic to Reduce Physiological Effects of Stress and Anxiety: Clinical Trial Results”

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”

My Annual End-of-the-Year Wrap-Up: Your Top 5 Picks!

For my annual year-end post, I’ve decided to once again review YOUR top 5 choices of the year.  I guess I shouldn’t be shocked by what you were most interested, in what has been quite the remarkable year for the world.  Here’s to hoping… Continue Reading “My Annual End-of-the-Year Wrap-Up: Your Top 5 Picks!”

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”

Promising Research: A Probiotic to Battle Obesity and Glucose Metabolism Issues

I think this is a very timely post, considering that we are in the midst of holiday season when we all over-indulge and then, come New Year’s, swear we’ll lose all the pounds we’ve pack on!  Research out of Ireland, University College Cork, first… Continue Reading “Promising Research: A Probiotic to Battle Obesity and Glucose Metabolism Issues”

Stress, Depression, the Microbiome: A Possible Mechanism of Action Revealed!

For years, I’ve covered the developing story about the relationship between the gut biome and depression and mood disorders.  With a son diagnosed with autism, who has severe anxiety issues (like so many of my students with autism diagnoses), research into this is one… Continue Reading “Stress, Depression, the Microbiome: A Possible Mechanism of Action Revealed!”

COVID-19: A Gut Update

I continue to follow any new research on the relationship of the gut to COVID outcomes.  Late last week, I saw a review article on Medical Dialogs about the potential of using probiotics therapeutically to treat COVID.[i]  There was not much new in it… Continue Reading “COVID-19: A Gut Update”

Probiotics for MS? Maybe yes, maybe no…

I keep pointing out to everyone how insanely complex is the human biome.  Everything affects everything else in a tangle that is beyond convoluted.  Well, just when you think you have something of a handle on that concept, some other piece of research comes… Continue Reading “Probiotics for MS? Maybe yes, maybe no…”

Probiotics and Autism: Another Clinical Trial

Several times before I have mentioned that the best studied probiotic in the world is Visbiome (the new name for the formulation that used to go by the name VSL#3).  Look here and here, as just a couple of examples. Over 70 clinical studies… Continue Reading “Probiotics and Autism: Another Clinical Trial”