Autism and Microbiome Links

Guest BloggerFrom The Gut

Caused by a little understood blend of genetic and environmental factors, autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are increasingly being linked to the microbiome. For one, some children with ASD have different gut microbes than healthy controls. And research has found that the gut microbiome and its metabolic by-products play a major role in normal brain and behavioral development. New research suggests … Read More

Preventing Eczema by Changing Your Microbes

Guest BloggerFrom The Gut

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There may not be an “x” in eczema, but extreme itching and inflammation spell out this painful disease most common in infants and children. Quick review: Eczema is an allergic response to foreign substances, often food; it falls under the medical umbrella of atopic dermatitis, along with asthma. Prevalence of allergic responses is rising globally. Enter the microbiome, which when … Read More

Microbes Impact Brain Development in Infants

Guest BloggerFrom The Gut

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If you’re already plotting your baby’s admission into Harvard, don’t neglect her microbes. Gut microbiota may be your child’s best teacher. A little background: 100 trillion microbes share your body. Their move-in date is now thought to have begun when you were under construction in the womb. During and after birth and with those first months of rich nutrition, the … Read More

Walnuts Change Gut Bacteria, Adding to a Stellar Resume

Guest BloggerFrom The Gut

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When it comes to playing favorites, nutritionists are not shy about their love for walnuts. All tree nuts– including cashews, pecans, pistachios and others—are packed with healthful benefits yet walnuts boast the most impressive stats. Walnuts contain: L-arginine, a heart healthy amino acid Copious amounts of omega-3 fats which are anti-inflammatory Liberal amounts of copper, manganese, molybdenum, and biotin Powerful antioxidants which … Read More

Melatonin Unlocks a Microbial Key in Obesity

Guest BloggerFrom The Gut

A natural hormone in the body, melatonin has long been supplemented by frequent flyers to ease circadian rhythms into new time zones. A newer and potentially more valuable finding is its role in weight gain and metabolism. Indeed, melatonin reduces body weight, liver steatosis, and low-grade inflammation and improves insulin resistance in high fat diet (HFD)-fed mice. This is huge, given … Read More

In Men or Women, Yogurt Impacts Microbes Differently

Guest BloggerFrom The Gut

It seems men and women are different in more ways than the obvious. Yogurt changes microbes; that we know. But now new research shows that probiotics in yogurt may alter them depending on gender. A team from various medical facilities in Japan led by Yoshio Suzuki has produced some interesting data on how yogurt impacts microbiota in healthy young adults. … Read More

How Gray are your Microbes?

IPA AdminFrom The Gut

Is aging a disease? Some in the ranks of research think it may be so. Others stick to the idea that aging begins after the snip of the umbilical cord, the intrinsic nature of the mortal beast. Michael S. Lustgarten of Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in Boston has written a provocative piece titled … Read More

In Alzheimer’s, Microbes Mind the Mental Gap

IPA AdminFrom The Gut

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is fearsome, affecting 44 million people worldwide; worse, those numbers are growing as populations age. While seemingly random, AD does not strike equally. Western Europe and North America claim the most whereas AD is least prevalent in Sub-Saharan Africa. Aha! Here’s a clue which lines up with the role of microbes in brain function, as well as … Read More

Fake Sugars Disrupt Blood Sugar Control

IPA AdminFrom The Gut

Saccharin, aspartame and sucralose somehow survived decades of cancer tests; the chemicals infuse countless diet foods and beverages which promise the taste of real sugar without the calories. Indeed, many millions on doctors’ or dietitians’ orders have switched to the sugar substitutes to lose weight or better manage diabetes. Turns out, the opposite may occur. Weight gain and glucose intolerance … Read More

Messy Microbes in Schizophrenia

IPA AdminFrom The Gut

Schizophrenia is a brain disorder in which people hear imaginary voices, commands or threats. It is terrifying disease for which there is no known cure, only management with meds and other therapies. (Developing countries may have better rates of recovery–a fascinating node of exploration.) As much as one to three percent of the global population suffers with schizophrenia; 10 percent … Read More