Microbiome Insights

Healthy gut means healthy heart? A 10-year study looked at the connection between gut and heart

Healthy gut means healthy heart? A 10-year study looked at the connection between gut and heart

A new study suggests that the gut microbiota may be a novel avenue for exploring heart disease prevention. This article explains how a diet higher in plants and lower in animal products may decrease heart disease risk thanks to the reduction in certain metabolites produced by the gut microbiota. A new study, published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, highlights how certain diets can decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease. Researchers have found that following a diverse and healthy diet, rich in plants can decrease the risk of heart disease by reducing levels of a molecule called...

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IBS Awareness Month: Tips on how to manage IBS

IBS Awareness Month: Tips on how to manage IBS

In light of IBS Awareness Month, digestive health expert Emma Wells shares some simple dietary and lifestyle tweaks that could help ease the symptoms of IBS.For many of us, the thought of discussing our toilet habits with a stranger is daunting to say the least, which is why we might be tempted to keep it to ourselves if we notice a change. But if you are experiencing symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) – such as constipation, diarrhoea, bloating, or gassiness – know that you’re not alone.IBS affects between 10 and 20 per cent of the population and is twice...

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Prebiotics VS Probiotics

Prebiotics VS Probiotics

The gut microbiome is constituted by millions of microbes. It is dominated by two main groups of bacteria, Bacteroidetes and Firmicutes. The amount and types of bacteria vary from person to person, like a unique fingerprint. Bacteria are present in the entirety of your gastrointestinal tract but are mostly present in the colon. Diets affect our gut microbiome. For example, a diet rich in protein and fat will result in more Bacteroidetes being present in your gut microbiome. Studies show that one day only of a vegan diet can alter you’re your microbiome community. However, it quickly reverts back to...

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Mind altering microbes: the gut-brain axis

Mind altering microbes: the gut-brain axis

The gut microbiome includes bacteria, bacteriophages, viruses, fungi, protozoa, and archaea, and this community of organisms is critical to the maintenance of human health, as well as in the pathophysiology of various diseases. The community in your gut is unique, much like your fingerprint. They began to colonize you the moment you were born and can change throughout your lifetime. Good bacteria in your gut help you absorb nutrients from your food. They also take up space and hog vital nutrients so harmful microorganisms are not able to colonize and educate immune cells in the identification of harmful invaders. However,...

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