Study: Taking common drugs linked to impaired microbiome health and increased risk of obesity and intestinal infections

Researchers from the University Medical Center Groningen and Maastricht University Medical Center in the Netherlands have found that 18 common drug categories can negatively impact the gut microbiome, the total population of microbes present in the gut and their collective genetic material. Many of these drugs, such as the diabetes drug metformin and the antidepressant selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), can disrupt … Continue reading Study: Taking common drugs linked to impaired microbiome health and increased risk of obesity and intestinal infections

Researchers investigate green tea compounds that may help resolve antibiotic resistance

Scientists have reported that compounds present in green tea may improve the efficacy of antibiotics against antibiotic-resistant bacteria. In their report, researchers from the University of Surrey‘s School of Veterinary Medicine in the U.K. noted this effect is because of the compound epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which is present in green tea. EGCG is a plant compound with potent antioxidant properties. This means that … Continue reading Researchers investigate green tea compounds that may help resolve antibiotic resistance

The ketogenic diet helps reduce epileptic seizures through its effects on gut microbiota

The ketogenic diet is one of the oldest forms of medical treatment for epilepsy in infants and children. But the mechanisms underlying its anti-seizure effects have remained unclear until recently. In a recent study, researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) found that certain bacteria in the gut play an important role in mediating the anti-seizure effects … Continue reading The ketogenic diet helps reduce epileptic seizures through its effects on gut microbiota

Auto-brewery syndrome – when gut bacteria produce too much alcohol – may cause fatty liver disease

Some microorganisms can raise a person’s blood alcohol to dangerously high levels, even if he hasn’t touched a drop of alcohol his whole life. In a study published in the journal Cell Metabolism, certain types of gut bacteria can ferment carbohydrates into alcohol within the body — a condition known as auto-brewery syndrome (ABS). A team of researchers from the Capital Institute of Pediatrics in … Continue reading Auto-brewery syndrome – when gut bacteria produce too much alcohol – may cause fatty liver disease

157 Organisms form the “baseline biome” of a healthy gut, say researchers

In a paper published in the journal PLOS ONE, a group of researchers identified 157 microorganisms that may be essential for a healthy gut. These organisms form a “baseline biome” that may hint at what a normal human microbiome looks like. According to co-author Keith Crandall of George Washington University (GWU) this baseline microbial list, which they called GutFeelingKB, provides preliminary data that may be useful for future … Continue reading 157 Organisms form the “baseline biome” of a healthy gut, say researchers

Leafy greens for better health: Plant-based diets found to relieve symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis

Emerging research points to a helpful role of plant-based diets in managing certain chronic health conditions. For instance, some studies indicate that adopting a plant-based diet could help ease pain and inflammation linked to rheumatoid arthritis, a lifelong condition that affects the joints. In a major breakthrough, a team of researchers from the George Washington University School of Medicine … Continue reading Leafy greens for better health: Plant-based diets found to relieve symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis

Burping and stomach pain: Possible causes and home remedies

Burping is one way for the stomach to release gas and as such, is no cause for concern. This gas is made of odorless elements like nitrogen and carbon dioxide that the stomach releases once it is full of food. In some cases, burping can occur alongside stomach or abdominal pain for a range of … Continue reading Burping and stomach pain: Possible causes and home remedies

Drugs can turn your gut microbiome against you – and even kill you

People respond differently to medical treatments. Certain medications may be effective for some, while others may find that they need large doses to see some improvements. But increasing the quantity of a certain drug you’re taking may lead to serious consequences, like in the case of the Parkinson’s drug, levodopa (L-dopa). Gut microbes and L-dopa L-dopa is a replacement … Continue reading Drugs can turn your gut microbiome against you – and even kill you

Short-chain fatty acids: Gut health and SCFAs

Short-chain fatty acids, or SCFAs, are the main source of energy for the cells lining the colon. They play an important role in colon health and are also involved in the metabolism of important nutrients like carbs and fat. When boosting gut health, considering increasing SCFAs as it can help treat diseases of the gut such as inflammatory bowel diseases, or IBD. … Continue reading Short-chain fatty acids: Gut health and SCFAs

Study: The health of your gut microbiome influences muscle strength

The gut microbiome affects muscle strength, found a study published in the journal Experimental Gerontology. Researchers from Tufts University said that the gut microbiome — the community of microorganisms living in the digestive tract — helps increase or decrease muscle strength depending on the amount of certain bacteria. The findings of the study benefit not only athletes but also older … Continue reading Study: The health of your gut microbiome influences muscle strength