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GMFH 2021: The 10 most viewed articles of the year

5 Jan 2022

by GMFH Editing Team

Our selection of the most popular content of the year is already a classic and a great way to remember the important advances and new developments in our knowledge about the gut microbiota. In the case of 2021, we have been witness to some interesting debates that reinforce the gut microbiome’s impact on overall health.

Gut health benefits begin in pregnancy

10 Nov 2021

by Cristina Sáez

Assumed for a long-time immune system training started after birth, when mom’s microbiota started colonizing the newborn, Yale University scientists point out that process may have begun much earlier, in utero.

Scientists agree that having a gut microbiota that is in ‘good shape’ is a crucial component of individual health and well-being. Although exactly how ‘good shape’ is defined is not so clear, many experts recommend consuming more live dietary microbes through including fermented foods that retain live microbial components.

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.