10 years of the Gut Microbiota for Health World Summit

Francisco Guarner, Consultant in Gastroenterology and Member of the GMFH World Summit’s Scientific Committee, kicks off the interview series on our 10th anniversary by summarizing the evolution of the GMFH World Summit and what the future holds for gut microbiome science: https://www.gutmicrobiotaforhealth.com/gmfh10years-10-years-of-the-gut-microbiota-for-health-world-summit/


Adverse reactions to food and gut microorganisms

Adverse reactions to food have been increasing and environmental factors play a role in their development. Elena Verdú from McMaster University in Canada explains the differences between food intolerances and food sensitivities, and the role of gut microbes in their development, and provides advice to patients for differentiating between the two and avoiding restrictive fad diets before a diagnosis is made by a healthcare professional: https://www.gutmicrobiotaforhealth.com/food-intolerances-vs-food-sensitivities-separating-the-wheat-from-the-chaff/


Akkermansia muciniphila: the first postbiotic to show promise for alleviating metabolic syndrome

Lower levels of A. muciniphila have been associated with a wide range of conditions, from obesity to cancer immunotherapy response. Patrice D. Cani from UC Louvain (Belgium) updates the history behind the use of this bacterium as the first postbiotic to alleviate metabolic syndrome: https://www.gutmicrobiotaforhealth.com/pasteurized-akkermansia-muciniphila-a-new-bacterium-to-fight-metabolic-syndrome/


The biotics family

Language matters in microbiome science and what is called “the biotics family” refers to a set of terms that may improve health by acting directly or indirectly via the gut microbiome. Mary Ellen Sanders, a consultant in the area of probiotic microbiology, updates the scope of the definitions of “probiotics”, “prebiotics”, “synbiotics” and “postbiotics” and their relevance for human health: https://www.gutmicrobiotaforhealth.com/does-the-biotic-family-ring-a-bell-here-are-some-interesting-facts-about-this-group-of-microorganisms/


Taking care of our close relationship with our microbes is now more important than ever for better health

Every one of us is microbial and it is difficult to think of our health nowadays without considering the impact of microorganisms on our physiology. Joël Doré, Research Director at INRAE Micalis Institute and MetaGenoPolis, explains the significant challenges in defining a healthy gut microbiome and gives advice for restoring a high level of gut microbiota richness and stability, which has gradually been lost due to our modern lifestyle: https://www.gutmicrobiotaforhealth.com/you-are-yourself-and-your-gut-microbes-why-teaming-with-microbes-matters-for-maintaining-health/


Harnessing the microbiota-gut-brain axis from bench to bedside

Emerging studies highlight the microbiome as a key regulator of the effect of what we eat on gut-brain axis signaling. Premysl Bercik, a gastroenterologist and researcher at McMaster University (Canada), updates the implications of the latest gut-microbiota-brain axis research for managing disorders relating to gut-brain communication: https://www.gutmicrobiotaforhealth.com/digestive-and-mental-health-are-closely-connected-and-thanks-to-our-gut-microbes-scientists-may-know-why/


Gut microbes are behind the success of lifestyle management in type 2 diabetes

The gut microbiome is thought to be involved in the onset and development of type 2 diabetes. Stéphane Schneider from Université Côte d’Azur and Nice University Hospital explains how gut bacteria selectively promoted by dietary fibers contribute to alleviating type 2 diabetes: https://www.gutmicrobiotaforhealth.com/lifestyle-management-for-type-2-diabetes-its-all-about-whats-inside/


Clues provided by the microbiota-gut-brain connection may help improve IBS diagnosis and management

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is currently considered a disorder related to gut-brain communication and emerging evidence supports the involvement of gut microbes. James Versalovic, Vice Chair at Baylor College of Medicine, Chair of Pathology and Pathologist-in-Chief at Texas Children’s Hospital (USA), updates the relevance of the microbiota-gut-brain connection with regard to IBS and the potential offered by the gut microbiota as a means of better diagnosing and managing IBS symptoms based on a tailored approach: https://www.gutmicrobiotaforhealth.com/clues-provided-by-the-microbiota-gut-brain-connection-may-help-improve-ibs-diagnosis-and-management/


The microbiome gets seeded at birth

Scientists have long been debating whether gut colonization by microorganisms starts during pregnancy or at birth. Hervé Blottière, Director of Research at INRAE, provides an update on the latest science that looks at when gut microbiota colonization starts and the available interventions for promoting the healthy establishment of infant gut microbiota, which may have an impact on health later in life: https://www.gutmicrobiotaforhealth.com/when-do-microbes-first-arrive-in-the-intestinal-tract-and-what-does-it-mean-for-a-newborns-health/


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