The gut microbiota is a hot topic. Research on the subject is constantly evolving and the goal is to create new gut microbiota-based therapies for preventing or curing disease, allowing patients to live healthy lives. At the 10th anniversary of the GMFH Summit, a panel of experts came together to share the latest in gut microbiota research. Now it’s our turn to share their insights with you.

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.

Numerous studies have been published on the impact of factors such as nutrition in early life, mode of delivery and antibiotic intake during this critical period and for future health. With that in mind, scientists have reviewed all the scientific data available on the impact of early life nutrition on the gut microbiota and the long-lasting effects on the brain.

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.