Listen to Your Gut: A Four Step Formula to Cleanse Your Digestion

Listen to Your Gut: A Four Step Formula to Cleanse Your Digestion

The New York Times’ bestselling author, Alejandro Junger, calls gut the second brain in the human body. It has a completely separate mechanism of its own with a streamlined protocol in place, which once disrupted, can wreak havoc on your health. You ignore your gut health and it will take you down. Interestingly, gastrointestinal disorders plague most of us. What starts as simple bloating, cramping or abdominal discomfort may also lead to severe conditions like obstruction, bleeding, constipation etc. So how do you ensure that your gut’s ‘flora and fauna’…

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Gut Bacteria May Lead to the Development of Alzheimer’s Disease

Gut Bacteria May Lead to the Development of Alzheimer’s Disease

A healthy gut is important for your well-being. It keeps your digestive system functioning efficiently. There are various good bacteria that reside in your stomach which help in the process of digestion. They are a complex group of microorganisms that work in various ways to carry out various metabolic functions. There are also various food products that are available in the stores which can improve your gut bacteria. While the benefits of gut bacteria have been spoken about in length by health experts, a recent study brings about another side…

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Kanji: The Miracle Winter Drink You Should Have for a Healthy Gut

Kanji: The Miracle Winter Drink You Should Have for a Healthy Gut

In Goa, at the Serendipity Arts Festival earlier this month, I attended a fascinating workshop on fermentation, curated by chef Manu Chandra. The session was conducted by Aditya Raghavan, who seems to be quite a maverick and treats his bacteria and yeast with much respect, almost as pets, which of course they are! It was at the workshop that I had my first sip of Kombucha, fermented tea, the supposed elixir of life, discovered by the ancient Chinese and being successfully marketed by the Americans since the 1990s, as a…

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5 Natural Nutrients That Can Improve Your Gut

5 Natural Nutrients That Can Improve Your Gut

The test of being on a gluten free diet is not just getting off grains that have gluten. There are many ways in which you still might be damaging your gut. Think about the soya sauce or the Worchester sauce you enjoyed at your favourite Chinese restaurant. To have a strong gut, you need to be on a very strict gluten free diet and that includes no cross contamination. In addition to this, you also need to take into consideration the following – a generic recommendation for a healthy diet:…

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Genes, birthplace shape up our gut microbes

Genes, birthplace shape up our gut microbes

Your genes and place of birthcan have a major effect on the formation of the microbial community in the gut — which plays an important role in keeping one healthy, a research has showed. The study proved that gut microbiome plays a leading role in the body’s immune response. Thus, controlling the microbes in the gut could influence the immune system and disease vulnerability. The findings showed the early life environment is very important for the formation of an individual’s microbiome. The moderate shifts in diet, as we age, also…

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Nitrogen May Help Boost Gut Health

Nitrogen May Help Boost Gut Health

Scientists have found that intestinal nitrogen plays a key role in regulating gut microbes, a finding that may help better understand how our diet impacts the microbiota. “There are many different diet strategies that claim to promote gut health, and until now it has been very difficult to establish clear causality between various types of diet and their effect on the host’s microbiome,” said Andrew Holmes, associate professor at University of Sydney. “This is because there are many complex factors at play, including food composition, eating pattern and genetic background,”…

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Scientists Say Gut Microbes May Play Role in Yo-Yo Dieting, Obesity

Scientists Say Gut Microbes May Play Role in Yo-Yo Dieting, Obesity

Scientists studying yo-yo dieting in mice say the tendency for people to regain excess weight rapidly after successfully slimming may well be due to their microbiome – the trillions of microorganisms in the gut. The researchers found that changes in the gut microbiome that occur when an obese mouse loses weight can persist for many months, and that this contributes to accelerated weight regain later if the diet lapses. If, as the researchers believe, a similar thing happens in obese people, they said, it could help explain why so many…

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Obese and Lean Children Have Different Gut Bacteria

Obese and Lean Children Have Different Gut Bacteria

Children and teenagers who are obese have different microorganisms living in their digestive tract than those who are lean, according to a new study. The study finds gut microbiota or gut flora is closely related to fat distribution in children and teenagers. “Our findings show children and teenagers with obesity have a different composition of gut flora than lean youth,” said Nicola Santoro, Researcher at the Yale University in Connecticut, US. “This suggests that targeted modifications to the specific species composing the human microbiota could be developed and could help…

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Baby’s Gut Microbiome Influences Risk of Allergy, Asthma

Baby’s Gut Microbiome Influences Risk of Allergy, Asthma

The microbes living in a baby’s gut within its first month of birth may directly impact the developing immune system as well as lead to a higher risk of allergies and asthma later in the childhood, finds a study. Gut microbes play a key role in processing dietary components such as fats, giving them a powerful influence over whether anti-inflammatory or pro-inflammatory molecules end up in the gut, the researchers said. The findings showed that one-month-old infants without anti-inflammatory lipids possessed abnormally high levels of resident fungal species. These infants…

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High-Fat Diet During Pregnancy May Impact Baby’s Gut, Immune System

High-Fat Diet During Pregnancy May Impact Baby’s Gut, Immune System

Women consuming high-fat diet during pregnancy may increase the risk of affecting bacteria living in her baby’s gut thus impacting proper development of the immune system, says a study. The results showed that expecting mothers’ diets can lead to distinct changes in their babies’ microbiome, which could affect energy extraction from food as well as early immunity development. “Diet is very amenable to change and women are highly motivated to make healthy changes during pregnancy. Traditionally, dietary interventions during pregnancy have focused on micronutrients, such as iron and folic acid,”…

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