Antibiotics can destroy the good bacteria in your gut. But some foods can help get it back to normal.
Refreshing in the scientific-medical sense, not just the pints-after-work sense.
Remove the alcohol and calories, and it turns out beer is a drink that has many qualities found in health drinks.
The gut microbiome is the community of micro-organisms living inside the gastrointestinal tract, which performs many beneficial functions, including educating the immune system.
The disease is more severe in people with obesity, diabetes and hypertension — all conditions linked to changes in the gut microbiome.
Choosing the right probiotic strain is also important.
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Probiotics sold in tablets or capsules don’t need to be refrigerated to work.
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.
Fermented foods such as yogurt, kimchi, and sauerkraut, are all popular sources of probiotics.
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While the probiotics found in fermented foods might have health benefits for most, these foods could cause serious harm to the health of others.
We still don’t know what types of bacteria are truly beneficial.
Probiotics might avert a case of diarrhoea, or they could mean your gut takes longer to return to normal.
Crops, soils and fungus are a tricky mix.
An ancient relationship between plants and fungi could be used in sustainable agriculture. But there’s still a lot we don’t know, and new research suggests these fungi can sometimes do more harm than good.
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Many probiotic bacteria don’t manage to colonise the gut, but that doesn’t mean they don’t have positive health benefits.
If you eat a healthy diet, it’s probably not worth it.
Probiotics have been proclaimed by many as the answer to all sorts of health issues and conditions. But what exactly are probiotics? And, more importantly, should you be taking them?
With all the different types of yogurt on offer, making a decision on which one to buy can be difficult.
Consuming yoghurt is associated with many health benefits. But with all the varieties of yoghurt, and added ingredients like fruits and probiotics, it can be hard to know which is best for your health.
In us, on us and all around us.
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Long viewed simply as ‘germs,’ the hidden half of nature turns out to be crucial to the health of people and plants.
If you don’t have a problem, you don’t need to mess with it.
The modern lifestyle, particularly diet and hygiene changes, have altered our relationship with our microbes. But can we restore it?
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.
Nobel Laureate Barry Marshall talks to Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology deputy director of translational research David Handojo Muljono in Indonesia.
Nobel Laureate Barry Marshal discovered that bacteria called Helicobacter pylori caused peptic ulcers. He is using the same bacteria to create probiotics and edible vaccines.
There might still be more art than science in raising healthy children, but science can be useful.
Here are five scientific studies from the last 12 months with simple tips for raising healthy children.
We don’t actually know whether probiotics have a measurable impact on digestive health.
The terms probiotics and prebiotics are appearing on more items in supermarket aisles all the time. Both words, their placement and the products they adorn, imply they’re good for you, that more of these…
Yoghurt is one of the products containing probiotics that do confer a health benefit.
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Healthy gut bacteria has been shown to improve autism spectrum disorders in mice.
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