Studies: Gut, Women, Protein

Vol. 2

Trust Your Gut

The microbiota that lives in your gut plays a large role in digestion, elimination, etc. There is recently, however, a growing understanding that the gut microbiota also plays an important role in disease prevention and promoting brain health. Dysregulation of the gut microbiota has been linked to depression, autism, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s. There is good news as well. There is clinical evidence that would suggest that “prebiotic, probiotic, or dietary interventions” are a good way of treating and preventing the above listed mood, neurodevelopmental disorders, and neurodegenerative diseases.

Women Are Cool

During an experiment in which women and men performed identical exercise/rest protocols, 60% of each participant’s predetermined maximal power output, with an hour of recovery time after, the temperature of the women dropped more quickly than that of men. This study also factored in fabric types, using polyester and wool. The fabric type had little to do with the results.

Protein Matters

A recent study has found that resistance training paired with protein supplementation does indeed lead to “greater lean mass and leg strength gains” as opposed to subjects who did the same training, but did not supplement with protein. Keep in mind, in this study the participants were older (70’s) and/or obese (BMI > 30). Even so, the study found similar results with people in the BMI < 30 range.