Category : Digestive Health

Food intolerances are affecting increasingly more people. However, the way they manifest and the wide range of associated non-immunological mechanisms are so heterogeneous that there is no clear consensus on their mechanisms (from pharmacological to non-specific gastrointestinal functioning), diagnosis and management. A recent narrative review in Nutrients updates scientific evidence on common food intolerances that result in gastrointestinal and extra-intestinal…

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Food intolerances are affecting increasingly more people. However, the way they manifest and the wide range of associated non-immunological mechanisms are so heterogeneous that there is no clear consensus on their mechanisms (from pharmacological to non-specific gastrointestinal functioning), diagnosis and management. A recent narrative review in Nutrients updates scientific evidence on common food intolerances that result in gastrointestinal and extra-intestinal…

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Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), defined according to Rome IV criteria as abdominal pain related to defecation and/or change in bowel habit without detectable organic causes and currently seen as an example of disturbed gut-brain communication, interferes with the quality of life of an increasing number of people. Multiple factors may drive the onset and pathophysiology of IBS, with certain food…

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Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), defined according to Rome IV criteria as abdominal pain related to defecation and/or change in bowel habit without detectable organic causes and currently seen as an example of disturbed gut-brain communication, interferes with the quality of life of an increasing number of people. Multiple factors may drive the onset and pathophysiology of IBS, with certain food…

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The gut microbiome has captured the attention of both researchers and society, and important progress was made in 2019 in our understanding of its emerging role in health and disease. Although gut microbiome science is moving progressively from the bench to the bedside, much research in the field has looked at cataloguing the composition and function of gut microbial communities,…

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The gut microbiome has captured the attention of both researchers and society, and important progress was made in 2019 in our understanding of its emerging role in health and disease. Although gut microbiome science is moving progressively from the bench to the bedside, much research in the field has looked at cataloguing the composition and function of gut microbial communities,…

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Recurrent abdominal pain, which refers to functional abdominal pain disorders under the Rome IV classification, is a common problem affecting up to 25% of school-age children. As an organic cause is missing with this condition, parents of children affected by functional abdominal pain consider diet and behavioral therapies as methods of managing recurring problems. Although the treatment of functional abdominal…

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Recurrent abdominal pain, which refers to functional abdominal pain disorders under the Rome IV classification, is a common problem affecting up to 25% of school-age children. As an organic cause is missing with this condition, parents of children affected by functional abdominal pain consider diet and behavioral therapies as methods of managing recurring problems. Although the treatment of functional abdominal…

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Synbiotics are substances that combine a probiotic and prebiotic. While Gibson and Roberfroid were the first to anticipate that the two could be combined as synbiotics back in 1995, research in the field has accelerated over the past decade. The reported scientific literature on synbiotics includes a wide range of studies carried out under different conditions. Recent human trials have…

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Synbiotics are substances that combine a probiotic and prebiotic. While Gibson and Roberfroid were the first to anticipate that the two could be combined as synbiotics back in 1995, research in the field has accelerated over the past decade. The reported scientific literature on synbiotics includes a wide range of studies carried out under different conditions. Recent human trials have…

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This post has been written by Dr. Numan Oezguen and Dr. James Versalovic. Previous research has shown that differences in the gut microbiomes of adult patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) -both in structure and in the levels of metabolites produced or modified by gut microbes- often accompany abdominal pain. An association between gastrointestinal microbes and IBS in children has…

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This post has been written by Dr. Numan Oezguen and Dr. James Versalovic. Previous research has shown that differences in the gut microbiomes of adult patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) -both in structure and in the levels of metabolites produced or modified by gut microbes- often accompany abdominal pain. An association between gastrointestinal microbes and IBS in children has…

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Fermented foods and beverages are produced via controlled microbial growth in the food material alongside the conversion of food components through enzymatic action. Although fermented foods and beverages have been a major element in the human diet for thousands of years, we have only recently started to realize their potential benefits for health. Historical reasons for food fermentation include the…

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Fermented foods and beverages are produced via controlled microbial growth in the food material alongside the conversion of food components through enzymatic action. Although fermented foods and beverages have been a major element in the human diet for thousands of years, we have only recently started to realize their potential benefits for health. Historical reasons for food fermentation include the…

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Diet is known to be a major modulator of the gut microbiota composition. Dietary compounds such as protein, fat, fiber and polyphenols from our foods can affect the gut microbiota composition and microbial metabolites that can influence human health. For example, diets high in animal protein may lead to the production of harmful bacterial metabolites and high red meat consumption…

Allison Clark
Allison Clark has a master in nutrition and health from Open University in Barcelona and a master in journalism. She is a freelance writer and nutritionist and has written various peer review papers about the role the gut microbiota plays in health, disease and endurance exercise performance. Allison is passionate about the role diet and the gut microbiota play in health and disease. Follow her on Twitter @Heal_your_Gut

Diet is known to be a major modulator of the gut microbiota composition. Dietary compounds such as protein, fat, fiber and polyphenols from our foods can affect the gut microbiota composition and microbial metabolites that can influence human health. For example, diets high in animal protein may lead to the production of harmful bacterial metabolites and high red meat consumption…

Allison Clark
Allison Clark has a master in nutrition and health from Open University in Barcelona and a master in journalism. She is a freelance writer and nutritionist and has written various peer review papers about the role the gut microbiota plays in health, disease and endurance exercise performance. Allison is passionate about the role diet and the gut microbiota play in health and disease. Follow her on Twitter @Heal_your_Gut

Although nowadays diet plays only a small part in published guidelines for managing inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs), there is an increasing amount of evidence that supports the role of diet in patients with IBD, especially at early stages. Evidence of diet modulating intestinal inflammation comes mainly from mice studies. An elegant mice study published in 2018 examined the effects of…

Paul Enck
Prof. Dr. Paul Enck, Director of Research, Dept. of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, University Hospital Tübingen, Germany. His main interests are gut functions in health and disease, including functional and inflammatory bowel disorders, the role of the gut microbiota, regulation of eating and food intake and its disorders, of nausea, vomiting and motion sickness, and the psychophysiology and neurobiology of the placebo response, with specific emphasis on age and gender contributions. He has published more than 170 original data paper in scientific, peer-reviewed journals, and more than 250 book chapters and review articles. He is board member/treasurer of the European Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility and of the German Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility, and has served as reviewer for many international journals and grant agencies.

Although nowadays diet plays only a small part in published guidelines for managing inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs), there is an increasing amount of evidence that supports the role of diet in patients with IBD, especially at early stages. Evidence of diet modulating intestinal inflammation comes mainly from mice studies. An elegant mice study published in 2018 examined the effects of…

Paul Enck
Prof. Dr. Paul Enck, Director of Research, Dept. of Psychosomatic Medicine and Psychotherapy, University Hospital Tübingen, Germany. His main interests are gut functions in health and disease, including functional and inflammatory bowel disorders, the role of the gut microbiota, regulation of eating and food intake and its disorders, of nausea, vomiting and motion sickness, and the psychophysiology and neurobiology of the placebo response, with specific emphasis on age and gender contributions. He has published more than 170 original data paper in scientific, peer-reviewed journals, and more than 250 book chapters and review articles. He is board member/treasurer of the European Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility and of the German Society of Neurogastroenterology and Motility, and has served as reviewer for many international journals and grant agencies.

Macronutrients, micronutrients and non-nutritive compounds are major drivers of the composition and metabolic functions of gut microbial communities. However, nutrient composition alone cannot explain the way people’s gut microbiomes are so different to each other. One feature that distinguishes humans from other species is our ability to heat-treat our meals. This process alters nutrients and makes foods more digestible, while…

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

Macronutrients, micronutrients and non-nutritive compounds are major drivers of the composition and metabolic functions of gut microbial communities. However, nutrient composition alone cannot explain the way people’s gut microbiomes are so different to each other. One feature that distinguishes humans from other species is our ability to heat-treat our meals. This process alters nutrients and makes foods more digestible, while…

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