Increased scientific understanding of the role microbes play in humans and other animals has led to the development of probiotics to improve heath.
From dietary supplements to poop transplants, probiotics are now a multi-billion dollar market.
Affluent neighborhoods have very different microbes from those in poor ones.
You probably know about the collection of microorganisms that live in, on and around us. But did you know that not everyone in society has equal access to them? That needs to change.
‘To gut microbes.’
We found that drinking red wine is linked with an increase in gut bacteria diversity.
The microbes that live in our gut are essential to good health.
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The effort to edit the genes of Chinese twins implies that all our traits are determined by our genes. But changing our diet, environment, lifestyle and microbes may have a greater effect.
Study finds changes to gut microbiome begin as soon as migrants move to the US and continue to change over decades.
Cutting out pesticides by eating only organic food could slash your cancer risk.
New research suggests people who eat organic plant foods have a reduction in risk of common cancers.
An expert explains how often you should poo and what it should look like.
Some E. Coli protect humans from more harmful strains.
Sometimes the enemy of your enemy is your friend.
Modern diets are changing the compositions of our gut microbiota, and with that, our personalities.
For most of the twentieth century, we were at war with microbes, leading to substantial changes in our body's ecosystem. This has changed our diets, disease profile, moods and even personalities.
Diet reduces risk of depression through actions on bacteria in the gut, the immune system and the brain.
A world-first trial showed depression is reduced after just three months following a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, wholegrains, legumes, fish, lean red meats, olive oil and nuts.
Hadza man with zebra head.
We need micro-environmentalists to fight for the cause.
Micro changes have macro results.
Darryl Leja, National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health
New research suggests our gut microbes have their own circadian rhythms that in turn influence our organ functions. Is this an explanation for how disrupting our daily patterns can cause health problems?
What does it mean when it’s too hard or too soft?
For most of us, the form of stool we excrete can vary widely depending, in part, on what we've been doing.
The exact composition of each person’s microbiota is as unique as their finger prints.
The make-up of our gut is constantly changing and affects everything from our immune system and digestion, to our brain function.
There are several possible ways your gut bacteria could affect your brain.
Links have been made between the community of bacteria in your gut and depression, pain, stress and sleep. So what does the science say?
Gordon has made humble gut microbes one of the most talked about health topics of the last decade.
Betty Aneyumel from the Karamoja tribe rakes fermented millet to prepare a local alcoholic drink in Moroto, eastern Uganda.
There's more to fermented foods than a good meal. Scientists are learning just how such foods encourage the growth of probiotics and how this keeps people healthy.
Did Mao pass the poo test?
Poo-analysis tests conducted by the Soviet leader may not have been as crazy as they sound.
They say you are what you eat, and we’re learning that a bad diet might mean bad moods and bad behaviour.
Your thoughts, moods and behaviours are the product of your brain. What you eat affects the chemicals in your brain, and thus your moods and behaviours.