Traditional holiday feasts are not so microbe-friendly. A week of high fat and sugar treats can throw your gut microbes into a tailspin, possibly weakening your immune system just in time for flu season. Repeat this mantra: Healthy can be delicious. And try these ideas below to keep those friendly … [Read more...] about Probiotics Get the Party Started
The popular press has discovered probiotics. Barely a week goes by when a provocative story doesn’t herald the ups and downs of microbiome research. Often these headlines feel like a wild ride on a roller coaster when the science is actually far less dramatic. For example, two recent studies … [Read more...] about Journalists Get Schooled on the Microbiome
More health and less disease—that’s the goal for all this money and manpower spent on microbiome research. And yes, scientists have identified clear links between dysbiosis and multiple diseases. But the landscape gets more complicated —though no less promising-- when dysbiosis is put … [Read more...] about Are Diseases Marked by Different Microbiota?
If you can’t recall the top food sources of inulin, keep reading. Soluble fiber such as inulin—a prebiotic—may offset dysbiosis common in aging, potentially leading to mental benefits such as improving memory. These fibers can’t be digested but they can be fermented; bacteria feast on … [Read more...] about Inulin: A Prebiotic to Remember
Plumpy’ Nut may have a silly name but its mission—to feed malnourished children—is deadly serious. This ready to use therapeutic food (RUTF in aid circles) made of milk powder, sugar, oil, peanut paste, vitamins and minerals along with locally made mixtures has succeeded in reducing deaths in … [Read more...] about Dr. Sathish Subramanian on Microbe Immaturity and Malnutrition
“For child health, I have learned, the mother is the person to treat. The healthier the mother, the better the child’s well-being.” Dr. Erika Isolauri, MD, PhD, Professor of Pediatrics at University of Turku has researched the microbiota from her lab in Finland for long enough to earn … [Read more...] about Dr. Erika Isolauri Talks Child Health at Harvard Probiotics Symposium