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Probiotics are live microorganisms that have been delivering health benefits for thousands of years by helping to establish healthy gut microbiota. Belinda (miscdebris)/Flickr

Explainer: what is the gut microbiota and how does it affect mind and body?

The human gastrointestinal tract harbours trillions of microorganisms, with up to 1,000 or so different bacterial species.
While nutrient supplementation can have a role in treating certain psychiatric disorders, all kinds of nutrients should, in the first instance, be consumed as part of a balanced wholefood diet. PROPatrick Feller/Flickr

Health Check: seven nutrients important for mental health – and where to find them

A growing body of research points to the detrimental effect of unhealthy diets and the protective value of healthy diets – along with select nutritional supplements as required – for maintaining and promoting mental health.
Allergies are becoming more frequent in the western world. Al Fed/Flickr

What are allergies and why are we getting more of them?

Allergies are reactions caused by the immune system as it responds to environmental substances that are usually harmless. But we don't yet have a cure or the ability to prevent them from developing.
Baby it’s warm inside … we have 200 microbes for every human cell. Agricultural Research Service

Are you overweight? The clue’s in your poo

Our personal collection of microbes is vital for gut health - but new research shows that large-scale analysis of our 'microbiomes' can show if a population is fat or lean. The answer is in sewage.
Gut bacteria can manufacture special proteins that are very similar to hunger-regulating hormones. Lighthunter/Shutterstock

How the bacteria in our gut affect our cravings for food

We’ve long known that that the gut is responsible for digesting food and expelling the waste. More recently, we realised the gut has many more important functions and acts a type of mini-brain, affecting…
Humans transport microbes around their environment. Argonne National Laboratory

Your microbiome is shared with your family … including your pets

Microbial communities vary greatly between different households but are similar among members of the same household – including…
Bacterial communities in the gut assemble within weeks of birth in distinct, patterned progressions. Flickr: bradleypjohnson

Nature, not nurture, holds key to gut bacteria

The types of bacteria that colonise an infant’s developing gut are influenced more by internal development than childbirth…
Our phones don’t just take calls anymore – they also take our microorganisms. John Watson/Flickr

Your mobile phone carries your microbiome

Mobile phones have become such an important part of our daily lives that they’ve started adopting our microorganisms, according…

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