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Thinking about travelling this summer to Bali or French Polynesia? Maybe, while you’re reading these lines, you picture yourself lying on a beautiful beach, drinking smoothies, sunbathing and taking dips. Sounds good, really good. But, beware the health problems caused by jetlag during the days after your flight. Fatigue, sleeplessness, dizziness, sleepiness, hunger and even intestinal problems, such as constipation…

Cristina Sáez
Cristina Saez is a freelance science journalist. She works for several media, for instance the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia, where she coordinates the science section, Big Vang; as well as research centres and scientific societies. She has been awarded for her journalistic work, among others, with the Boehringer Ingelheim Award in Medical Journalism 2015. Follow Cristina on Twitter @saez_cristina

Thinking about travelling this summer to Bali or French Polynesia? Maybe, while you’re reading these lines, you picture yourself lying on a beautiful beach, drinking smoothies, sunbathing and taking dips. Sounds good, really good. But, beware the health problems caused by jetlag during the days after your flight. Fatigue, sleeplessness, dizziness, sleepiness, hunger and even intestinal problems, such as constipation…

Cristina Sáez
Cristina Saez is a freelance science journalist. She works for several media, for instance the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia, where she coordinates the science section, Big Vang; as well as research centres and scientific societies. She has been awarded for her journalistic work, among others, with the Boehringer Ingelheim Award in Medical Journalism 2015. Follow Cristina on Twitter @saez_cristina

Who can go to Naples without indulging in pizza? To Jamaica without eating the spicy jerk chicken, or to Mexico without eating the local enchiladas? Part of the joy of summer travel is the new culinary experiences, of course. But what are the consequences of adopting a diet that's so different from your everyday eating habits? From the evidence to…

Kristina Campbell
Science writer Kristina Campbell (M.Sc.), from British Columbia (Canada), specializes in communicating about the gut microbiota, digestive health, and nutrition. Author of the best selling Well-Fed Microbiome Cookbook, her freelance work has appeared in publications around the world. Kristina joined the Gut Microbiota for Health publishing team in 2014.  Find her on: GoogleTwitter

Who can go to Naples without indulging in pizza? To Jamaica without eating the spicy jerk chicken, or to Mexico without eating the local enchiladas? Part of the joy of summer travel is the new culinary experiences, of course. But what are the consequences of adopting a diet that's so different from your everyday eating habits? From the evidence to…

Kristina Campbell
Science writer Kristina Campbell (M.Sc.), from British Columbia (Canada), specializes in communicating about the gut microbiota, digestive health, and nutrition. Author of the best selling Well-Fed Microbiome Cookbook, her freelance work has appeared in publications around the world. Kristina joined the Gut Microbiota for Health publishing team in 2014.  Find her on: GoogleTwitter

“Free” diets are in fashion. In supermarkets tens of products labeled gluten-free or lactose-free can be easily found; there are more and more cafes, ice-cream shops, bakeries, restaurants offering special menus, where those two components have been banished. According to the Celiac Disease Foundation, celiac disease affects 1 in 100 people worldwide; in the case of lactose intolerance, it is…

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GMFH Editing Team

“Free” diets are in fashion. In supermarkets tens of products labeled gluten-free or lactose-free can be easily found; there are more and more cafes, ice-cream shops, bakeries, restaurants offering special menus, where those two components have been banished. According to the Celiac Disease Foundation, celiac disease affects 1 in 100 people worldwide; in the case of lactose intolerance, it is…

GMFH Editing Team
GMFH Editing Team

Advertisements for the various health benefits of different probiotics —for digestive problems but also beyond the gut— are everywhere these days. But do probiotics really work? A new study published in the journal Gastroenterology showed that a specific probiotic can help to treat symptoms of depression in patients who suffer from a common gastrointestinal disorder, irritable bowel syndrome (or IBS).…

Heather Galipeau
Heather Galipeau is a Research Associate at McMaster University (Canada) where she is researching dietary and microbial interactions in celiac disease and inflammatory bowel disease. She obtained her PhD in 2015 from McMaster University in Elena Verdu’s lab, during which she found that the small intestinal microbial background influences the degree of immuno-pathology triggered by dietary antigens, such as gluten.

Advertisements for the various health benefits of different probiotics —for digestive problems but also beyond the gut— are everywhere these days. But do probiotics really work? A new study published in the journal Gastroenterology showed that a specific probiotic can help to treat symptoms of depression in patients who suffer from a common gastrointestinal disorder, irritable bowel syndrome (or IBS).…

Heather Galipeau
Heather Galipeau is a Research Associate at McMaster University (Canada) where she is researching dietary and microbial interactions in celiac disease and inflammatory bowel disease. She obtained her PhD in 2015 from McMaster University in Elena Verdu’s lab, during which she found that the small intestinal microbial background influences the degree of immuno-pathology triggered by dietary antigens, such as gluten.

The GMFH editing team recommends these book selections on the topic. If you find yourself wanting to dig deep into the topic of gut microbiota, you’re not alone! Thousands of readers around the world are availing themselves of the growing list of resources on this fascinating topic. It’s important to know, though, that not all of the existing books about…

GMFH Editing Team
GMFH Editing Team

The GMFH editing team recommends these book selections on the topic. If you find yourself wanting to dig deep into the topic of gut microbiota, you’re not alone! Thousands of readers around the world are availing themselves of the growing list of resources on this fascinating topic. It’s important to know, though, that not all of the existing books about…

GMFH Editing Team
GMFH Editing Team

Research & Practice

Although recent research in humans has found that the gut microbiota follows a circadian rhythm in vitro and responds to fluctuations in the hormone melatonin, further studies in humans related to the circadian rhythms in vivo are necessary and the exact mechanisms accounting for the observed bacterial rhythms have not been shown yet. Moreover, the impact of timing of food…

Andreu Prados
Andreu Prados holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy & Human Nutrition and Dietetics. Science writer specialised in gut microbiota and probiotics, working also as lecturer and consultant in nutrition and healthcare. Follow Andreu on Twitter @andreuprados

Although recent research in humans has found that the gut microbiota follows a circadian rhythm in vitro and responds to fluctuations in the hormone melatonin, further studies in humans related to the circadian rhythms in vivo are necessary and the exact mechanisms accounting for the observed bacterial rhythms have not been shown yet. Moreover, the impact of timing of food…

Andreu Prados
Andreu Prados holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy & Human Nutrition and Dietetics. Science writer specialised in gut microbiota and probiotics, working also as lecturer and consultant in nutrition and healthcare. Follow Andreu on Twitter @andreuprados

Over millions of years, microbes that have colonized and coevolved with humans have gradually come to help regulate nutrition and metabolism processes and train both innate and adaptive immune responses. Among commensal microorganisms that colonize healthy individuals, pathobionts -including Helicobacter species- are those that can potentially induce chronic inflammatory responses in genetically susceptible hosts or in the presence of certain…

Andreu Prados
Andreu Prados holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy & Human Nutrition and Dietetics. Science writer specialised in gut microbiota and probiotics, working also as lecturer and consultant in nutrition and healthcare. Follow Andreu on Twitter @andreuprados

Over millions of years, microbes that have colonized and coevolved with humans have gradually come to help regulate nutrition and metabolism processes and train both innate and adaptive immune responses. Among commensal microorganisms that colonize healthy individuals, pathobionts -including Helicobacter species- are those that can potentially induce chronic inflammatory responses in genetically susceptible hosts or in the presence of certain…

Andreu Prados
Andreu Prados holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmacy & Human Nutrition and Dietetics. Science writer specialised in gut microbiota and probiotics, working also as lecturer and consultant in nutrition and healthcare. Follow Andreu on Twitter @andreuprados

Functional dyspepsia (FD) -defined as discomfort or pain in the upper abdomen, often related to food intake, but with no apparent organic cause- is one of the most prevalent functional gastrointestinal disorders. Increasing evidence has emerged of the involvement of the gut microbiota as a target for managing functional gastrointestinal disorders. However, the therapeutic benefits and future perspectives of the…

GMFH Editing Team
GMFH Editing Team

Functional dyspepsia (FD) -defined as discomfort or pain in the upper abdomen, often related to food intake, but with no apparent organic cause- is one of the most prevalent functional gastrointestinal disorders. Increasing evidence has emerged of the involvement of the gut microbiota as a target for managing functional gastrointestinal disorders. However, the therapeutic benefits and future perspectives of the…

GMFH Editing Team
GMFH Editing Team

The Gut Microbiota for Health publishing team is delighted to share the second summary document on the latest scientific work related to gut microbiota and probiotics! With gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms high in prevalence throughout the world, and with limited available therapeutic options for addressing functional GI disorders, is there a role for probiotics? This document covers human research that elucidates…

GMFH Editing Team
GMFH Editing Team

The Gut Microbiota for Health publishing team is delighted to share the second summary document on the latest scientific work related to gut microbiota and probiotics! With gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms high in prevalence throughout the world, and with limited available therapeutic options for addressing functional GI disorders, is there a role for probiotics? This document covers human research that elucidates…

GMFH Editing Team
GMFH Editing Team

Gut-related symptoms, including flatulence, bloating, heartburn, nausea, vomiting, constipation, diarrhoea, food intolerance, incontinence, and abdominal pain affect approximately one third of the general population, according to the World Gastroenterology Organisation. Among the functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGIDs) that are characterized by persistent and recurring GI symptoms, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) affects around 11% of the population globally and can interfere with…

GMFH Editing Team
GMFH Editing Team

Gut-related symptoms, including flatulence, bloating, heartburn, nausea, vomiting, constipation, diarrhoea, food intolerance, incontinence, and abdominal pain affect approximately one third of the general population, according to the World Gastroenterology Organisation. Among the functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGIDs) that are characterized by persistent and recurring GI symptoms, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) affects around 11% of the population globally and can interfere with…

GMFH Editing Team
GMFH Editing Team