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Genes from the gut microbiota encode for a wide range of metabolic activities that allow commensal microbes to ferment dietary fibers and prebiotics into metabolites that include short chain fatty acids (SCFAs). Of these, propionate has been shown to trigger the secretion of gut peptides that take part in regulating appetite and glucose metabolism and reducing inflammation. Although colonic propionate…

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

Genes from the gut microbiota encode for a wide range of metabolic activities that allow commensal microbes to ferment dietary fibers and prebiotics into metabolites that include short chain fatty acids (SCFAs). Of these, propionate has been shown to trigger the secretion of gut peptides that take part in regulating appetite and glucose metabolism and reducing inflammation. Although colonic propionate…

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

Have you ever wondered about the main microorganisms in our gut microbiota? With this second illustration of our series "Get to know your bacteria", we invite you to discover Lactobacilli. The Gut Microbiota for Health Publishing Team created this infographic to teach you the benefits of this bacteria and which foods contain it. Do not hesitate to share this infographic…

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Have you ever wondered about the main microorganisms in our gut microbiota? With this second illustration of our series "Get to know your bacteria", we invite you to discover Lactobacilli. The Gut Microbiota for Health Publishing Team created this infographic to teach you the benefits of this bacteria and which foods contain it. Do not hesitate to share this infographic…

GMFH Editing Team
GMFH Editing Team

It is clear that the gut plays an important role in health. Beyond digestion and absorption of nutrients, the intestine acts as a barrier and a filter, selecting for the good and eliminating the bad. Recent research has shown the importance of the gut microbiota for gut health, and diet remains one of the most powerful ways to influence this…

Megan Mouw
Megan Mouw holds a Bachelor of Science in microbiology from McGill University (Canada). Driven by her experiences at UCSF medical center in San Francisco, Megan is passionate about the role that the gut microbiota plays in maintaining health and wellness. She is currently perusing graduate studies in Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology at the University of California Santa Cruz and hopes to share her love of science through writing.

It is clear that the gut plays an important role in health. Beyond digestion and absorption of nutrients, the intestine acts as a barrier and a filter, selecting for the good and eliminating the bad. Recent research has shown the importance of the gut microbiota for gut health, and diet remains one of the most powerful ways to influence this…

Megan Mouw
Megan Mouw holds a Bachelor of Science in microbiology from McGill University (Canada). Driven by her experiences at UCSF medical center in San Francisco, Megan is passionate about the role that the gut microbiota plays in maintaining health and wellness. She is currently perusing graduate studies in Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology at the University of California Santa Cruz and hopes to share her love of science through writing.

Autoimmune diseases are on the rise, and findings from scientists like Dr. Charles Mackay point to the gut microbiota as a key player in this rise. Dr. Mackay, immunologist professor at Monash University (Melbourne, Australia), describes autoimmune disease as a necessary evil. “On one hand, we need a robust immune system to defend our bodies against pathogens; on the other…

Megan Mouw
Megan Mouw holds a Bachelor of Science in microbiology from McGill University (Canada). Driven by her experiences at UCSF medical center in San Francisco, Megan is passionate about the role that the gut microbiota plays in maintaining health and wellness. She is currently perusing graduate studies in Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology at the University of California Santa Cruz and hopes to share her love of science through writing.

Autoimmune diseases are on the rise, and findings from scientists like Dr. Charles Mackay point to the gut microbiota as a key player in this rise. Dr. Mackay, immunologist professor at Monash University (Melbourne, Australia), describes autoimmune disease as a necessary evil. “On one hand, we need a robust immune system to defend our bodies against pathogens; on the other…

Megan Mouw
Megan Mouw holds a Bachelor of Science in microbiology from McGill University (Canada). Driven by her experiences at UCSF medical center in San Francisco, Megan is passionate about the role that the gut microbiota plays in maintaining health and wellness. She is currently perusing graduate studies in Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology at the University of California Santa Cruz and hopes to share her love of science through writing.

How the gut microbiota can relate to preventing and treating gut-related symptoms and what is the role that dietitians can play as gut health ambassadors were some of the key subjects discussed in the scientific session on gut health during the 11th conference of EFAD, which was held in Rotterdam (the Netherlands) on September 29. EFAD is a federation of local dietetic…

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How the gut microbiota can relate to preventing and treating gut-related symptoms and what is the role that dietitians can play as gut health ambassadors were some of the key subjects discussed in the scientific session on gut health during the 11th conference of EFAD, which was held in Rotterdam (the Netherlands) on September 29. EFAD is a federation of local dietetic…

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Recent research into the human gut microbiota shows that gut microbiome diversity in the western world is declining in comparison with traditional societies in less developed countries. A group of scientists, which included Maria G. Dominguez-Bello of Rutgers University (USA), raised an important question in the October issue of Science regarding the actions that need to be taken to restore…

Karina Kaplun
Karina Kaplun is a Ph.D. microbiologist and a blogger specialising in gut microbiota and probiotics. Working also as a lecturer and consultant in nutrition and healthcare. Follow Karina on Twitter and Facebook @mygutmatters and visit her blog www.mygutmatters.com

Recent research into the human gut microbiota shows that gut microbiome diversity in the western world is declining in comparison with traditional societies in less developed countries. A group of scientists, which included Maria G. Dominguez-Bello of Rutgers University (USA), raised an important question in the October issue of Science regarding the actions that need to be taken to restore…

Karina Kaplun
Karina Kaplun is a Ph.D. microbiologist and a blogger specialising in gut microbiota and probiotics. Working also as a lecturer and consultant in nutrition and healthcare. Follow Karina on Twitter and Facebook @mygutmatters and visit her blog www.mygutmatters.com

Our gut interior is a vital and rich ecosystem containing billions of microorganisms which are in competition with one another for resources such as nutrients and space. In a healthy person, a delicate balance is maintained, with abundant good bacteria out-competing the disease-causing bad bacteria. When the bad bacteria start to take over however, this balance can become disrupted, leading…

Megan Mouw
Megan Mouw holds a Bachelor of Science in microbiology from McGill University (Canada). Driven by her experiences at UCSF medical center in San Francisco, Megan is passionate about the role that the gut microbiota plays in maintaining health and wellness. She is currently perusing graduate studies in Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology at the University of California Santa Cruz and hopes to share her love of science through writing.

Our gut interior is a vital and rich ecosystem containing billions of microorganisms which are in competition with one another for resources such as nutrients and space. In a healthy person, a delicate balance is maintained, with abundant good bacteria out-competing the disease-causing bad bacteria. When the bad bacteria start to take over however, this balance can become disrupted, leading…

Megan Mouw
Megan Mouw holds a Bachelor of Science in microbiology from McGill University (Canada). Driven by her experiences at UCSF medical center in San Francisco, Megan is passionate about the role that the gut microbiota plays in maintaining health and wellness. She is currently perusing graduate studies in Microbiology and Environmental Toxicology at the University of California Santa Cruz and hopes to share her love of science through writing.

A few weeks ago, one piece of news hit the headlines and caused quite a commotion. Stating that probiotics were little more than ‘useless’ and could even have negative effects on health, this information was based on a couple of pieces of research published in the scientific journal Cell. The research suggested that the effect of probiotics was less significant than…

Cristina Sáez
Cristina Saez is a freelance science journalist. She works for several media, for instance the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia, where she coordinates the science section, Big Vang; as well as research centres and scientific societies. She has been awarded for her journalistic work, among others, with the Boehringer Ingelheim Award in Medical Journalism 2015. Follow Cristina on Twitter @saez_cristina

A few weeks ago, one piece of news hit the headlines and caused quite a commotion. Stating that probiotics were little more than ‘useless’ and could even have negative effects on health, this information was based on a couple of pieces of research published in the scientific journal Cell. The research suggested that the effect of probiotics was less significant than…

Cristina Sáez
Cristina Saez is a freelance science journalist. She works for several media, for instance the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia, where she coordinates the science section, Big Vang; as well as research centres and scientific societies. She has been awarded for her journalistic work, among others, with the Boehringer Ingelheim Award in Medical Journalism 2015. Follow Cristina on Twitter @saez_cristina

Carbohydrates take many forms—but lately, certain ones are getting more attention: the kinds of carbs that resist digestion in the upper portion of the gastrointestinal tract and continue on to meet the gut microorganisms in the colon. Dr. Laure Bindels, Professor at Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium), is wondering whether the health benefits of these complex carbohydrates, including resistant starch…

Kristina Campbell
Science writer Kristina Campbell (M.Sc.), from British Columbia (Canada), specializes in communicating about the gut microbiota, digestive health, and nutrition. Author of the best selling Well-Fed Microbiome Cookbook, her freelance work has appeared in publications around the world. Kristina joined the Gut Microbiota for Health publishing team in 2014.  Find her on: GoogleTwitter

Carbohydrates take many forms—but lately, certain ones are getting more attention: the kinds of carbs that resist digestion in the upper portion of the gastrointestinal tract and continue on to meet the gut microorganisms in the colon. Dr. Laure Bindels, Professor at Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium), is wondering whether the health benefits of these complex carbohydrates, including resistant starch…

Kristina Campbell
Science writer Kristina Campbell (M.Sc.), from British Columbia (Canada), specializes in communicating about the gut microbiota, digestive health, and nutrition. Author of the best selling Well-Fed Microbiome Cookbook, her freelance work has appeared in publications around the world. Kristina joined the Gut Microbiota for Health publishing team in 2014.  Find her on: GoogleTwitter

With 425 million people in the world living with diabetes, chances are you have a family or friend who has this chronic disease. One of the primary risk factors for the development of type 2 diabetes is obesity. Changes in the gut microbiota have been implicated in the emergence of both obesity and type 2 diabetes in humans. This therefore…

Andrea Hardy
Registered Dietitian, Andrea Hardy from Calgary, Canada specializes in gastrointestinal disorders and the gut microbiome. She is recognized as Canada’s gut health dietitian – educating health care professionals and the public on the pivotal role nutrition plays in gut health. You can find her at Ignite Nutrition, or on Twitter (@AndreaHardyRD).

With 425 million people in the world living with diabetes, chances are you have a family or friend who has this chronic disease. One of the primary risk factors for the development of type 2 diabetes is obesity. Changes in the gut microbiota have been implicated in the emergence of both obesity and type 2 diabetes in humans. This therefore…

Andrea Hardy
Registered Dietitian, Andrea Hardy from Calgary, Canada specializes in gastrointestinal disorders and the gut microbiome. She is recognized as Canada’s gut health dietitian – educating health care professionals and the public on the pivotal role nutrition plays in gut health. You can find her at Ignite Nutrition, or on Twitter (@AndreaHardyRD).