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About Gut Microbiota

The gut microbiota is largely shaped by what you eat. Recently, a large study involving more than 1,000 people showed that a balanced and nutritious diet supports a healthier gut microbiota and better health, while a diet full of highly processed foods with added sugar and salt promotes a gut microbiota linked to poor metabolic health.

Following a diverse diet, rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fermented foods, could play a protective role against severe forms of COVID-19. A new review presents the hypothesis highlighting the link between a less diversified microbiota, a high intake of processed foods and refined sugars and severe Covid-19 cases in Western countries.

While there is a lack of studies aiming to understand how the gut microbiota evolves during infancy to cause neuronal disorders, Amy Loughman’s recently published an article considering this subject.

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Food 4 Gut Health news

According to the Celiac Disease Foundation, celiac disease affects 1 in 100 people worldwide. To mark International Coeliac Day, GMFH interviews Dr Elena Verdú from McMaster University (Canada), who explains some key facts about the condition.

Food, and its food components, nutrients or additives, can affect the composition and function of the gut microbiota. This article provides a summary of the food components that contribute to optimal microbiota health and explains how they can impact it.

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Research & Practice

Research & Practice news

Little is known about the relationship between diet, the composition and function of the gut microbiota and clinical symptoms of IBS. New findings identify how IBS symptom severity is related to a higher intake of foods with poor nutritional quality and gut microbiome features at both subspecies level and metabolic pathways involved in carbohydrate metabolism.

Beyond live microorganisms, inanimate microorganisms and their components can also confer a health benefit on the host. A panel of experts under the auspices of the International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics (ISAPP) updates the definition and scope of postbiotics.

The low FODMAP diet has been shown to be effective in managing the symptoms of IBS as second-line dietary advice when healthy eating approaches have failed to reduce symptoms. However, this eliminative diet is not without its challenges, which can be overcome by following the advice found below.