Vegetable Peels: The Secret Prebiotic You’re Throwing Away
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by Laurentia Laura Campbell
8M ago
We throw away essential prebiotics which could help us lose weight, prevent disease and stay allergy-free. There’s a more sustainable way to get your daily dose of prebiotics. Our gut bacteria feed off prebiotics – the fibre in vegetables. A third of global emissions come from food waste, 30% of which are thought to be from parts of highly palatable vegetables most of us throw away¹. Currently, the gut microbiome is very fashionable, with probiotics and prebiotic supplements flying off the shelves. Yet, it seems utterly illogical that we disregard a natural prebiotic, to buy another – made of ..read more
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Scientists Uncover New Links Between Crohn’s Disease & Candida
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by Sofia Popov
1y ago
Candida appears to influence gut inflammation in Crohn’s disease patients, according to new research. Scientists believe these findings can lead to better understanding and potential therapies.  Crohn’s disease is a form of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD.) It involves symptoms such as diarrhea, abdominal pain, fatigue, and weight loss, among others. There is currently no cure for Crohn’s disease. Instead, patients have to rely on symptom relief. Luckily, new treatments are on the horizon thanks to evolving research.  New research from the Case Western Reserve School of Medicine look ..read more
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GUTXY Featured on DR!
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by GUTXY
1y ago
GUTXY was recently featured on the Danish TV channel DR2. As part of a biohacking programme investigating weight loss, celebrity chef Gorm Wisweh got his gut microbiome tested. We provided a tailored dietary plan based on his results. Gut health is going mainstream! If you want to test your own gut, check out our RESET+ programme. Gorm said “I definitely think I got to know my body better.” The full episode is available (in Danish) here.  ..read more
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Candida & Other Microbes you Ought to Know About
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by Sofia Popov
1y ago
Sure, bacteria have a lot of mainstream attention. Whether they’re probiotics or pathogens – we get it. Still, there many other microbes to pay attention to. Here, we delve into some important yeast and parasites you should look out for when you get your gut test. Eukaryotes vs. Prokaryotes Every living thing on earth falls into one of these two groups: eukaryotes or prokaryotes. Their structure at a cellular level determines which group they belong to. Bacteria are prokaryotes, meaning they lack a nucleus (a sort of centre to the cell that contains almost all of its DNA.) Meanwhile, eukaryote ..read more
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Free Gut Test You Can Do at Home
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by Sofia Popov
1y ago
Your gut transit time is a key indicator of how well your microbiome is doing. Beyond microbiome testing, there’s a free way to run your own gut test at home. Emerging research is linking our gut transit time and microbiome, in hopes of learning more about what makes the difference between a diseased or healthy gut1. Gut transit has already been associated with diet, as well as metabolism and heart health1. Here, we show you how to figure out what yours is. Transit Time The time it takes for the food you eat to travel through your digestive system and get eliminated as poop is what we call you ..read more
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Our Ancient Microbiome
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by Sofia Popov
1y ago
Our guts are much less diverse than they used to be 2000 years ago. Scientists believe that our ancient gut microbiomes may give clues for the chronic conditions of today. Loss of diversity in the gut microbiome is connected with chronic disease1. Inspired by this knowledge, researchers decided to investigate our ancestral gut microbiome. Our Ancestral Gut To date, we don’t know much about what our gut microbiomes used to look like. Researchers wanted to find out. They believe it might help us better understand why modern microbiomes are more prone to disease such as obesity and diabetes ..read more
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What Makes a Healthy Microbiome?
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by Sujita Pandey
1y ago
Why do some people develop chronic diseases such as cancer, rheumatoid arthritis and ulcerative colitis, while others stay healthy? A major clue could be in the gut microbiome. That’s exactly why scientists decided to develop the Gut Microbiome Health Index. Now, it’s possible to distinguish whether a microbiome is healthy – or not. Our microbiomes are so vastly complex, that it can be difficult to diagnose or easily define health status just by testing the gut microbiome. There are countless details to decode when we look at our data. Luckily, the development of the Gut Microbiome Health Inde ..read more
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Understanding the Role of Gut Microbes on Eating Behaviour
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by Sujita Pandey
1y ago
When we reach for that extra cookie, slice of pizza, or cake, we’re often under an overwhelming spell: cravings. Still, science is showing that our gut microbes play a key part in this process, influencing our brain. Our gut microbes work day and night to aid our digestion and deliver nutrients to our organs. However, these microbes can also be responsible for making us miserable, producing toxins if we don’t grant them what they desire. These toxins are often triggered by a low concentration of growth-limiting nutrients and, as a result, these microbes can directly and indirectly manipulate o ..read more
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Coronavirus Infection Persists in the Gut for Weeks
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by Sofia Popov
1y ago
Scientists report finding COVID-19 in stool samples – even with a negative respiratory test result. Now, they suggest stool testing may be a better option for COVID-19 screening. Researchers previously established a link between COVID-19 and the gut microbiome. Now, for the first time, they’ve found that people with COVID-19 can also have an active and prolonged infection of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in their gastrointestinal (GI) tracts. Active Infection Detected in Stool A research team in Hong Kong has found the first known signature of active gut viral infection in a subset (47%) of patients wi ..read more
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Scientists Find Microbial Signature for Heart Disease
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by Sofia Popov
1y ago
Applying machine learning to analyse gut bacteria could screen people for cardiovascular disease, scientists say. Increasingly, research has pointed towards a strong link between our cardiovascular health and gut microbiota. Even if individual variability is high, we’ve been successfully able to differentiate between health and disease in a variety of illnesses by delving into the composition of our gut bacteria. But, can our gut microbiome be used to diagnose cardiovascular disease (CVD)? Researchers decided to find out. A Unique CVD Microbial Signature CVD is a broad term that includes a ran ..read more
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