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Fermented foods for better gut health

Naturally fermented foods are getting a lot of attention from health experts these days because they may help strengthen your gut microbiome—the 100 trillion or so bacteria and microorganisms that live in your digestive tract. Researchers are beginning to link these tiny creatures to all sorts of health conditions from obesity to neurodegenerative diseases.
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Allergies Out Of Control? Here’s What’s Causing All That Inflammation

Unfortunately, a lot of the factors that influence seasonal allergies—like the weather, where you live, humidity, and rainfall amounts—are completely out of your control. But here’s the good news: Even though you don’t have a say over if and when seasonal allergens may strike, you do have control over how your body reacts to them…and it all starts with your gut health.
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Antibiotics and the Microbiome

The human microbiome can be affected by a plethora of external and internal stimuli – from a change in diet, to contracting a disease. A common cause of microbiome depletion is the use of broad-spectrum antibiotics, such as penicillins. Chemotherapy (or more specifically, plant alkaloids) also have antibacterial qualities which can lead to a reduction in microbiome diversity.
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Microbes are savvy when contributing to the common good

Microbes vary their contribution to a community to maximise the return on their investment according to a new study led by UCL and the University of Bath. Scientists made the discovery while investigating one of the fundamental questions in biology – why individuals have evolved to cooperate rather than simply exploiting the contributions of their rivals.

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Five things you might be surprised affect your weight

Having a healthy and varied diet, rich in different sources of fibre, has been shown to create a more diverse range of gut microbes.

“The greater the diversity, the skinnier the person. If you’re carrying too much weight, your microbes aren’t as diverse as they should be,” says Prof Spector, who found the same pattern in a study of 5,000 people.
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The microbiome and aging

Probiotic supplements are becoming increasingly popular, as public knowledge of the links between the gut microbiome and illness and aging improves. These supplements, alongside a healthy diet, could completely remodel the gut microbiome – especially in those who have a depleted microbiome due to the use of antibiotics.

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4 ways tiny microbes changed life on Earth forever

This is the microbes’ world—we just live in it. Throughout the history of Earth, microbes have radically reshaped life on the planet, from creating the very air we breath to wiping out almost all life on Earth. Don’t underestimate the power of tiny, tiny microbes populating the Earth trillions of times over.

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More than half your body is not human

More than half of your body is not human, say scientists. Human cells make up only 43% of the body’s total cell count. The rest are microscopic colonists. Understanding this hidden half of ourselves – our microbiome – is rapidly transforming understanding of diseases from allergy to Parkinson’s. The field is even asking questions of what it means to be “human” and is leading to new innovative treatments as a result.

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5 things you need to know about your gut

Maintaining a healthy gut means way more than just having a happy, healthy tummy. In fact, having a healthy gut has massive benefits to our overall health and wellbeing and there are five things I want you to think about how gut health affects you.
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