Practitioner Research Monthly Digest


November 2017

Research is showing that, unlike our genetics, our microbiomes are incredibly malleable. This means that we have the power to influence our health on a grand scale just by altering our diet.
While bad bacteria thrive on sugar and other unhealthy foods that we eat, did you know that the good guys crave only one thing? Prebiotic fiber! Learn more about how adding prebiotic fiber to your diet can improve digestion, enhance mineral absorption, decrease stress and anxiety, increase weight loss, and optimize immunity.

1. Research shows that certain types of resistant starch (notably, green bananas) are extremely beneficial as they pass undigested through the small intestine to the colon and fuel the body’s good bacteria. Consumer Reports.
2. A recent study found that taking a daily probiotic with Lactobacillus andBifidobacterium strains may significantly improve brain function in people with Alzheimer’s. Gut Microbiota.
3. Probiotics can help with a number of common childhood issues, including gastrointestinal complaints, ENT bugs, and struggles with weight, according to a number of recent studies. Nutritional Outlook.
4. Very healthy older people have comparable microbial compositions to those in their 30s, indicating that gut health is a key factor in healthy aging.EurekAlert!
5. Supporting the gut microbiome may be key in preventing and treating osteoporosis in postmenopausal women: a recent study found that this type of osteoporosis is closely related to immunity, which itself is closely related to the gut microbiome, as 80% of the immune system is in the gut. Nature.
6. People with colon cancer have a distinctive mix of microbes in their intestines and supplementing with probiotics can change this mix for the better, indicating that probiotics may be able to play a role in treating colon cancer.BMJ Open Gastroenterology.
7. Infants who are born via cesarean section, fed with formula, and given antibiotics have very different bacterial compositions than those with different neonatal care, developing bacteria in trajectories that favor food allergies and weight gain, among other undesirable conditions. Medical Press.
8. Taking a daily probiotic containing Lactobacillus rhamnosus throughout the second and third trimesters of a pregnancy may help reduce postpartum depression and anxiety. Psychiatry Advisor.
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