Tagged: gut

Mapping out a diet plan for IBS

People with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) frequently report that their symptoms worsen after meals and believe they have food intolerances (true food allergies in IBS are uncommon). Some think that dairy foods or wheat and other...

The ABCs of IBS

Everyone gets an upset stomach on occasion—from, say, overindulg­ing in greasy burgers, fatty fries, pizza, or Alfredo-topped pasta. But an estimated 10 to 15 percent of adults in the U.S. suffer from chronic tummy...

How lifestyle affects our microbiome and health

The question of nature vs nurture extends to our microbiome – the personal complement of mostly-friendly bacteria we carry around with us. Study after study has found that our microbiome affects nearly every aspect...

How good bacteria control your genes

Scientists from the Babraham Institute near Cambridge in collaboration with colleagues from Brazil (here and here) and Italy have discovered a way that good bacteria in the gut can control genes in our cells. The work, published in Nature Communications, shows...

Gut bacteria metabolism may factor into hypertension

One in three American adults suffers from high blood pressure, or hypertension. The disease can be passed down in families, and certain lifestyle factors such as smoking, high-sodium diets, and stress can increase the...

How bacteria rule over your body

The human microbiota consists of the 10-100 trillion symbiotic microbial cells harbored by each person, primarily bacteria in the gut; the human microbiome consists of the genes these cells harbor. Microbiome projects worldwide have...