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  1. Discovered: How the Immune System Promotes Friendly Gut Bacteria

    Discovered: How the Immune System Promotes Friendly Gut Bacteria

    Scientists from Japan's RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Science and Kyoto University have uncovered how our guts secrete antibodies that promote good bacteria to flourish. According to their research, the immunoglobulin A (IgA) antibodies secreted in the gut alter gene expression in bacteria, which allows different species of bacteria to work with each other to form a bacterial community that...
  2. Can Probiotics Protect Against Stress?

    Can Probiotics Protect Against Stress?

    A new study adds to growing evidence confirming that probiotics can protect against stress. Researchers are studying the application of a type of good bacteria that, if successful in human trials, may result in a probiotic-based immunization to battle mood disorders such as anxiety, depression and posttraumatic stress disorder. The Complex Link Between Gut Health and Mental Health Over time...
  3. The Latest Breakthroughs in Gut Bacteria Research

    The Latest Breakthroughs in Gut Bacteria Research

    From brain function to metabolic function, the mountains of gut bacteria research over the past few years have only just begun to reveal how the trillions of microorganisms that reside in our guts impact our health. Here’s a roundup of some of the most recent research into our gastrointestinal microbiota and its implications on health. New Insights Into Gut Bacteria’s...
  4. Research on Gut Bacteria Uncovers New Heart Health, Immune System Benefits

    Research on Gut Bacteria Uncovers New Heart Health, Immune System Benefits

    Over the past decade, research on gut bacteria has exponentially increased our understanding of how our gut affects us as a whole. So, what exactly is the gut microbiome, how does it form and what is the link to immune response and heart health? What is the Microbiome? Each one of us possesses a complex and completely unique ecosystem of...
  5. Meal Timing and Diet Alter Gut Health

    Meal Timing and Diet Alter Gut Health

    Every time we consume food, we’re also feeding the bacteria that call our bodies home. The human body plays host to trillions of microorganisms, including thousands of species of bacteria, fungi and viruses. These microorganisms actually outnumber our own cells, and the vast majority of them reside in our digestive system. Referred to as the gut’s microbiota or gut flora...
  6. Gut Bacteria and Autoimmune Disease Linked

    Gut Bacteria and Autoimmune Disease Linked

    Rates of autoimmune diseases are increasing in the developed world. These diseases, which include diverse illnesses such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis and Crohn's disease, can be devastating to one's health, even causing lifelong disability or death. There are many theories about why these illnesses are increasing in prevalence. According to several new studies on gut bacteria and autoimmune...

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