Tag: diversity

The Many Tastes of Fermentation

Fermented foods are on my mind today. Yes, I’m glad to see that there’s an article about their health attributes written about them nearly every day. In contrast, it’s interesting to me how often I’m asked if my recent eating plan, Skinny Gut Diet, can “work” if a person doesn’t like fermented foods. Someone just the other day posed that…

Diverse Gut Bacteria Linked to Better Estrogen Metabolite Levels

The diversity of your gut bacteria refers to the abundance of different types of microbes. As a rule, the more diverse your gut microbes, the healthier you are. A recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism further supports this idea. Researchers from the National Institutes of Health National Cancer Institute discovered that gut bacterial diversity may…

The Immune Effects of Breastfeeding vs Bottle Feeding

Early life events, such as mode of delivery at birth, antibiotic use, and diet, all play a big role in what bacteria develop in the intestinal tract, which, in turn, determines how healthy an individual will be. In a recent study published in the journal Science Translational Medicine, researchers from UC Davis and UC San Francisco compared breastfed and bottle-fed…

Gut Bacteria in Children with Autism Are Different

There is a distinct connection between changes in gut bacteria and autism, a topic I have written and blogged about before. A recent study presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Microbiology found that children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) have different concentrations of bacterial metabolites, or chemicals produced by bacteria, in their stool when compared to…

Gut Microbes in a Hunter-Gatherer Community

Researchers are hard at working trying to characterize the human gut microbiome, the community of microbes that live within the digestive tract of humans, mostly concentrated within the colon. A number of studies have begun to classify the microbes found in people of the Western world, and a few studies have even classified the microbes found in rural populations in…

How Rich are Your Gut Bacteria?

There are more factors that contribute to the development of obesity and related conditions than simply what we eat and how much energy we expend. The very notion of calories in, calories out is not what it seems; at least, not at face value. As researchers are discovering, your gut microbes have more to do with your metabolism than you…

Importance of Diet and Lifestyle on Gut Bacteria as We Age

As research of the gut microbiota continues, we are learning more about how our gut bacterial balance may affect our health—and we are also learning that there is still a lot that we don’t know! A recent study published in the journal Nature made some good strides towards our understanding of the gut microbiota in the elderly.1 The researchers determined…

The Human Microbiome Project

The Human Microbiome Project is a five-year research collaboration between 200 scientists at 80 universities and scientific institutions, all funded with $153 million by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) with the aim of, “characterizing the microbial communities found at several different sites on the human body, including nasal passages, oral cavities, skin, gastrointestinal tract, and urogenital tract, and to…