Certain factors can disrupt the gut microbiota. These include our diet, alcohol consumption, antibiotics and inflammatory bowel disease.
A new study shows that the gut microbiota has little or no effect on our weight, metabolism and risk of developing chronic diseases.
The gut microbiome may play a role in regulating the body’s appetite, cognition and immune responses.
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Research has examined how ultraprocessed foods can contribute to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and mood disorders. A healthier diet is one way to use food as medicine.
You can change your gut microbiome composition by eating different foods.
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Cancer cells are ‘cheaters’ that do not cooperate with the rest of the body. Certain microbes in your diet can either protect against or promote tumor formation by influencing cell cooperation.
The microbes in our gut have many roles, including to support immune function.
Don’t underestimate the nutritional punch this diminutive cabbage packs.
Pregnancy changes the structure and function of virtually every organ system of the body. That includes some big changes to the gut.
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Your body produces postbiotics after digesting prebiotic and probiotic foods – and many postbiotics are crucial to good gut health.
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A look at the risk factors behind the increasing cases of early-onset cancer.
The gut microbiome may also play a role in personalized medicine.
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As early modern humans spread across the globe, their gut microbes genetically changed with them. Understanding the origins of gut microbes could improve understanding of their role in human health.
Science shows that humans are happier and healthier around other animal and plant species.
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People wouldn’t last long without the countless other species we depend on for survival.
Investigators in Florida traced a listeria outbreak to ice cream.
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Listeria causes serious illness and food recalls nearly every year.
You and the trillions of microbes in your gut can live in harmony.
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The types of microbes residing in your gut can affect your mental and physical health. Home microbiome tests promise to help consumers improve the composition of their gut microbes.
Stem cell transplants involve completely eliminating and then replacing the immune system of a patient, often by transplanting the bone marrow.
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Patients with blood cancer undergoing stem cell transplantation have a high risk of complications. The bacteria in their gut, however, can help their immune system recover and fight infections.
Scientists discover why antibiotics make life-threatening fungal infections such as invasive candidiasis more probable.
Two Australians with bipolar have been successfully treated with poo transplants, allowing them to come off, or reduce, their medications. Here’s where the science is up to.
Many school lunchbox products are now heavily marketed as promoting gut health. The limited regulation of such claims leaves it to parents and carers to assess whether they really stack up.
When not hibernating, ground squirrels need to feast to store energy.
Months not eating or moving don’t result in muscle wasting and loss of function for animals that hibernate. New research found gut microbes help their hosts hold onto and use nitrogen to build proteins.
A breakthrough study from Israel showed why one-size-fits all diets simply don’t work.
People who lost weight had higher levels of certain beneficial bacteria in their gut.
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We have trillions of microbes in our gut – and each do something different for our body.
You could say there are a ‘crapload’ of viruses in the human gut. Luckily, most of these do not attack our cells, but instead feed on bacteria.