Studies: Gut Edition

Vol. 8

By now (hopefully) you know that your gut is filled with trillions of microbes, which constitute your microbiota and that your microbiota is very important in regards to health in many ways. Disease prevention, mood, brain health, etc. are all tied to the gut.

Food Poisoning is Bad For You

Yes, no shi..Wait. Not the food poisoning that has you laid out for days feeling like run over garbage. This study found that repeated mild food poisoning, in which you might not even notice, can lead over time, to your developing inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). “…recurrent low-grade bacterial infections may be a trigger in the onset of chronic inflammation.” Using mice induced with mild food poisoning, researchers found that “By the fourth infection, which had been separated months apart from the first, the inflammation had steadily increased and colitis was now present in all subjects.” Yikes. Though the infections leading to this situation are probably more common than previously assumed, the suspected cause of them can be reversed. “The disease mechanism was linked to an acquired deficiency of intestinal alkaline phosphatase (IAP)…IAP augmentation can be as simple as adding the enzyme to drinking water.”

Mapranosis

Is the (proposed) newly coined term for the interaction between the gut microbiota and the brain. As one a very quickly growing area of study, the interaction between the gut and the brain needs a name I suppose. To get more specific, “mapranosis” refers to the process in which proteins made by gut microbes affect the structure of proteins found in the brain, which then lead to inflammation. This inflammation is what is believed to cause or worsen several different neurodegenerative diseases.

Fiber Will Fix Your Leak

Leaky gut, is a condition in which the lining of the small intestine is damaged, and allows for undigested food particles, waste products and bacteria to “leak” through the intestines and into the bloodstream. Not good. A major component of leaky gut, and many gut problems is the mucus lining of the small intestines. This lining is there to keep your gut bacteria in your gut and out of the rest of you. When your mucus lining is damaged enough the above problems and more tend to occur. Dietary fiber is the solution. Specifically bifidobacterium, is what you need more of in your diet. Fiber can be found in many fruits, vegetables, and legumes. I myself am partial to broccoli and spinach. And I love some collard greens too.

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Categories: Aging and Longevity, Eating and Diet, Gut, Nutrition, Studies and Research

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