Avocados And Your Gut Microbes

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.

Endurance Exercise Can Give You A Healthier Gut

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?

Poverty and an Unhealthy Gut

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

Childhood Obesity and Gut Bacteria

Childhood obesity has been an emotionally charged, near panic-inducing topic in the US and beyond for decades. New programs are repeatedly thrown at the issue in the hopes of “stemming the tide” of childhood obesity. Public policy on the issue has committed tens of billions of taxpayer dollars. In the media, in schools and even… Continue reading Childhood Obesity and Gut Bacteria

Green Tea Reduces Health Risks, Cuts Obesity in Mice: Study

Green tea cut obesity and a number of inflammatory biomarkers linked with poor health in a new study. Mice fed a diet of 2 percent green tea extract fared far better than those that ate a diet without it, a finding that has prompted an upcoming study of green tea’s potential benefits in people at… Continue reading Green Tea Reduces Health Risks, Cuts Obesity in Mice: Study

Artificial Sweeteners Are Toxic to Gut Bacteria

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

Dietary Fiber Reduces Brain Inflammation

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

Healthier Heart, Healthier Gut

It turns out that exercise can do more than slim down your waistline and boost heart health. It might also make what’s inside your gut healthier, according to a new study by San Francisco State University. In this first-of-its-kind study, just published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism, recent SF State… Continue reading Healthier Heart, Healthier Gut