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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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How Understanding Our Gut Will Change the Way We Eat

How Understanding Our Gut Will Change the Way We Eat

We have already experienced how personalised nutrition can change our lives. In the past years, wearable devices that can track our weight, exercise habits, temperature and various other factors have helped influence the way we move our bodies and how much we eat in day-to-day life.Public awareness of personalised health has been on the increase since the development of these devices and their accessibility to the consumer. Understanding our own caloric needs and our own lifestyle is no longer something reserved for the medical professionals and elite.However we all know that personalized nutrition is so much more than just exercise...

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