We’ve all heard the old adage “you are what you eat.” But what if you’re also what you ate as a child? Can children’s diets continue to affect them throughout the rest of their lives? Is it possible that excess fat and sugar in a child’s diet can change their microbiome for the worse?
There’s a lot we don’t know about the human gut microbiome. We know this collection of bacteria, viruses and other critters residing in our digestive tract have crucial roles in many areas of our health. For many of these, we’ve barely scratched the surface of research.
Avocados aren’t exactly every-day fare for most Americans. Most people think of guacamole and other Mexican or Southwestern dishes in relation to them. They’re far more versatile than that, however, and new research suggests that finding more ways to get them in our diets may benefit gut health.
There’s been a lot of research and discussion about gut bacteria and their impact on health and fitness. Your gut microbiome has affects on nearly every aspect of your body, your health and even athletic performance. So wouldn’t it be great to know what kind of exercise will make your microbiome stronger?
Social justice, in particular the “war on poverty,” may have a brand new front: the human gut. More specifically, human gut microbiome. Suzanne Ishaq and her colleagues at the University of Oregon have just published an essay arguing this in the journal PLOS Biology. In their essay, they point out that poverty creates increased risk… Continue reading Poverty and an Unhealthy Gut
Parkinson’s Disease (PD) is a devastating neurodegenerative disease. It progresses slowly, destroying quality of life for those who suffer from it. PD affects muscle control, balance and movement. It is the second most common age-related neurodegenerative disorder, behind either Alzheimer’s or dementia, depending on whose data you rely. Three percent of all adults over 65… Continue reading Are Both Gut And Brain Connected To Parkinson’s Disease?
Signals between our gut and brain control how and when we eat food. But how the molecular mechanisms involved in this signaling are affected when we eat a high-energy diet and how they contribute to obesity are not well understood. Using a mouse model, a research team led by a biomedical scientist at the University… Continue reading Overeating? Your Overactive Receptors Might Be To Blame
FDA-approved artificial sweeteners and sport supplements were found to be toxic to digestive gut microbes, according to a new paper published in Molecules by researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) in Israel and Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. The collaborative study indicated relative toxicity of six artificial sweeteners (aspartame, sucralose, saccharine, neotame, advantame,… Continue reading Artificial Sweeteners Are Toxic to Gut Bacteria
As mammals age, immune cells in the brain known as microglia become chronically inflamed. In this state, they produce chemicals known to impair cognitive and motor function. That’s one explanation for why memory fades and other brain functions decline during old age. But, according to a new study from the University of Illinois, there may… Continue reading Dietary Fiber Reduces Brain Inflammation
Years ago, my wife and I became customers of a company called Melaleuca. At the time, we were interested in reducing our exposure to common chemicals, since my wife had just been diagnosed with Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia. Melaleuca shared information with customers and potential customers about the ingredients in and risks of using most common… Continue reading Common Household Cleaners May Damage Kids’ Gut Microbia, Effect Obesity