Our children are getting fatter. Too much food and not enough exercise are the chief culprits for this global epidemic. Among other contributors, the microbiome is under suspicion. Studies done mostly in animals but also some humans suggest why the microbiome is involved. Microbes: mechanisms of … [Read more...] about Childhood Obesity: New Study on Microbes
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