Exercise Improves Microbe Mix in Lean People

Guest BloggerFrom The Gut

Baby, we were born to run. Despite that innate need to move, few of us do enough exercise for optimum health. Even our microbes will vary depending on movement. For example, endurance athletes harbor different microbes than sedentary people. A new study from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign tracked changes in the guts of 32 non-exercisers who started a … Read More

Can Probiotics Clear Human Papillomavirus?

Guest BloggerFrom The Gut

cancer

Imagine a virus that most people harbor at some point in their lives, usually unaware of it because our fine-tuned immune systems clear them, yet for an unlucky number–usually women—it can be a death sentence. The pathogen is called human papillomavirus (HPV), the main cause of cervical cancer. A German virologist named Harald zur Hausen won the Nobel prize for … Read More

Probiotics May Be the New Prozac

Guest BloggerFrom The Gut

anxiety

Evolution carved out a special place for anxiety, an often helpful emotion which triggers cortisol release in fight-or-flight responses. Anxiety can save your life. But these days anxiety from uniquely modern stressors—health screenings, computer meltdowns, traffic jams, noise pollution and hundreds of other adverse events —lingers long after its usefulness. Chronic anxiety can kill you. This steady stream of stress damages … Read More

Travel Changes You, and Your Microbes Too

Guest BloggerFrom The Gut

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Travel can be rewarding, financially if it’s for work and emotionally when it’s for play or to visit loved ones. The downsides too are well-known: flight delays, uncomfortable seats, annoying seatmates and jet lag. Another to consider is how our microbes fare when flown across vast time zones to lands where even food and water are foreign to our ecosystems. … Read More

As Asthma Rates Rise, So Does Interest in Microbes

Guest BloggerFrom The Gut

asthma and microbes

Progress is not always pretty. Polluted air, water and soil are part of the price tag on fast cars, potent drugs and cheap beef. Health can suffer. Faced with environmental toxins, our bodies secrete cytokines which induce multiple responses played out in the lungs, airways and immune system. This specific type of allergy named asthma is episodic or chronic inflammation of … Read More

Fat-fighting microbes? Prove it with a robust study design.

Guest BloggerIPA In The Lab, Uncategorized

By Josh Baisley, B.Sc., Director of Clinical Trials, Nutrasource Obesity, defined as a body mass index (BMI) ≥30kg/m2, continues to be an important health issue globally, as it is a major risk factor for several diseases, including hypertension, dyslipidemia, diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, gall bladder disease, osteoarthritis and some cancers, among others.1,2 Rates of obesity continue to increase across … Read More

Holiday Cheers for Probiotics

Guest BloggerFrom The Gut

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It’s so easy to throw a ribbon on a box of candy or bottle of booze and call it your very merry holiday offering. Resist the ordinary. This year, invest your resources in gifts that will actually improve the health of those you care about (even though your annoying co-worker still merits ribbon candy.) Ideas with synbiotic sensibilities Kefir grains and … Read More

Can Microbes Lower Blood Pressure?

Guest BloggerFrom The Gut

high blood pressure

Shake the salt habit, get off the couch and don’t forget your meds. Long the trifecta for managing high blood pressure, those rules demand revision as more of the planet (as many as one-third of adults) struggle with numbers that can lead to early death. One novel approach may lie with the gut-brain axis. In a nutshell: The sympathetic nervous … Read More

IPA attends ANVISA Meeting in Brazil

Guest BloggerFrom The Gut, News

ANVISA

IPA’s George Paraskevakos attended an ANVISA (Brazil Health Regulatory Agency) meeting with members of the IPA Regulatory Committee November 24, 2017 in São Paulo. Navigating regulations for probiotics was the essential order of business. On arriving in São Paulo, George Paraskevakos first attended an International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) Workshop on November 22 and 23, 2017.  

IPA Docks Two More Interviews at Global Engage in San Diego

Guest BloggerFrom The Gut

IPA caught up with International Product Manager Morgan Maillard at Lallemand Health Solutions and Senior Scientist Frank Schuren of TNO Research at Global Engage Microbiome R & D/ Probiotics Congress in early November. Yes, we are all outside on the docks without coats; it’s San Diego after all, where winter blows in like a summer day in Canada. Watch these … Read More