Gut microbiome can control antitumor immune function in liver

Scientists have found a connection between bacteria in the gut and antitumor immune responses in the liver. Bacteria found in the gut of mice affect the liver’s antitumor immune function. The findings have implications for understanding the mechanisms that lead to liver cancer and for therapeutic approaches to treat them.

Source: Gut microbiome can control antitumor immune function in liver — ScienceDaily


Experimental drug eases effects of gluten for celiac patients on gluten-free diet

An investigational new drug offers hope of relief for celiac disease patients who are inadvertently exposed to gluten while on a gluten-free diet. Inadvertent exposure to gluten can be a frequent occurrence for celiac patients that triggers symptoms, such as pain in the gut and diarrhea, due to intestinal damage.

Source: Experimental drug eases effects of gluten for celiac patients on gluten-free diet: First proof-of-concept study shows AMG 714 (anti-IL-15 monoclonal antibody) potentially protects celiac patients from inadvertent gluten exposure — ScienceDaily

Could A Fecal Transplant Cure Depression? How Gut Bacteria Impacts Your Mood

Emerging research has found that gut bacteria can affect your mood. Learn more about ways to boost your gut flora.

Source: Could A Fecal Transplant Cure Depression? How Gut Bacteria Impacts Your Mood

How to Restore Gut Flora After Taking Antibiotics

Sometimes, you have to take a course of antibiotics, and you want to restore gut health as quickly as possible. While you’re taking antibiotics and after, cutting sugar, drinking bone broth, taking collagen, taking specific strains of probiotics, and other things can help.

Source: How to Restore Gut Flora After Taking Antibiotics

Gut Microbiome and Your Baby

Mother holding her baby
Mother holding her baby

The gut microbiome is such an important aspect of overall health. Every day seems to bring more research about the many aspects of your body that are influenced by gut health. One important, but possibly overlooked topic regarding gut health is how it affects babies in the womb and their gut after birth.

Keeping Your Gut Healthy

For the most part, it isn’t difficult to keep your gut microbiome in good shape. There are certain foods to avoid and some to include more of in your diet.

Foods to avoid:


  • Antibiotics
  • Over the counter drugs like Advil, Aleve, and other NSAIDs
  • (Too much) antibacterial soaps and gels
  • Chlorinated water
  • Pesticides and herbicides
  • Starchy carbohydrates
  • Gluten
  • Sugar

Some of these are obvious, others not as much. While it makes sense to avoid drinking chlorinated water and steer clear of pesticides, most people over look consumption of gluten and/or sugar. Both of these foods are inflammatory and damage the gut.

Baby on a blanket outside.
Baby on a blanket outside.

Foods to include in your diet:

  • Fats: Good for you and filling. Avocados, nuts, meat, and eggs are all good sources of fat that will help populate your gut with good bacteria.
  • Pre-biotic foods: Fibrous vegetables support the growth of beneficial bacteria. Think things like sweet potatoes, carrots, and asparagus.
  • Probiotics: A good quality probiotic with a high number of live bacteria is a great way to promote gut health before, during, and even after pregnancy.
  • Fermented foods: Sauerkraut, kombucha, kimchi, and pickles are good examples of fermented foods. I can eat a half a jar of kimchi if given the opportunity.

Your Gut and Your Baby

In addition to the above foods to eat/avoid, there are other steps you can take to help your baby develop a healthy gut before and after birth.

Before birth:

  • Avoid antibiotics whenever possible
  • Vaginal birth. Again, if possible. There are good data showing that as a baby passes through the vaginal canal it will be exposed to “vaginal microbes that help to shape her immune system in beneficial ways…less susceptible to conditions like asthma and allergies, including food allergies”

After Birth

Once your baby is born make sure to:

  • Breast-feed. If not, use a goat or sheep milk based formula. So many beneficial bacteria are found in breast milk.
  • Try placing some probiotic on the nipple for feeding. This will help to ensure that your baby is developing  healthy gut flora. If using formula, add some probiotics to the formula. Of course, consult with your doctor first.
  • Go outside. Simply being outdoors is so beneficial to the everyone, but especially babies. Most of the immune system is in the gut, so to have a capable immune system one must have a healthy gut. Being outdoors and exposed common microbes and bacteria will help to establish the immune system and gut. Not to mention the added benefits of sun light and social interaction.
  • Once your baby can eat solid foods, make sure to introduce them to a wide variety of nutrient-rich foods. The greater the variety of food, the more diverse their gut flora will be, which leads to better gut health.
Two kids playing outside together.
Two kids playing outside together.