As you’ve likely been hearing more and more about the bodies’ microbiome lately, you may be wondering what scientific research has been showing. Far from a fad, the microbiome is becoming a huge opportunity for growth in both wellness and medicine, with a large body of ongoing studies revolving around it. Some may be surprised to find out how much the microbes in the gut affect our overall health!
Here’s just a few findings from recent microbiome research to help keep you educated on an exciting area of study.
We’ve known for a while that the microbiome can help maintain our health. For instance, it provides us natural resistance to pathogens. However, science is only now tapping into these abilities. As medicine advances, research believe that treatments will be able to be made for people based on their own microbiomes—taking advantage of what the person already has, and adding what is necessary. One of the areas that could take advantage of this is gut health, but treatments could be far more ranging than that.1
It’s amazing how many aspects of our health the microbiome touches. With how much research has already been done, we will undoubtedly hear more in the near future about other ways a good microbiome can help maintain a healthy, vibrant life. Supplementation can be a great way to proactively improve the gut microbiome. There are quite a few things that may help do this, including Probiotics, Omega-3s and Black Rice Vinegar
1 Petrosino, J. F. (2018) The microbiome in precision medicine: the way forward. Genome Medicine, 10(12). doi:10.1186/s13073-018-0525-6
2 Davis, M. Y., Zhang, H., Brannan, L. E., Carman, R. J., & Boone, J. H. (2016) Rapid change of fecal microbiome and disappearance of Clostridium difficile in a colonized infant after transition from breast milk to cow milk. Microbiome, 4(53). doi: 10.1186/s40168-016-0198-6
3 Hu, J., Raikhel, V., Gopalakrishnan, K., Fernandez-Hernandez, H., Lambertini, L., Manservisi, F., Falcioni, L., Bua, L., Belpoggi, F., Teitelbaum, S. L., and Chen, J. (2016) Effect of postnatal low-dose exposure to environmental chemicals on the gut microbiome in a rodent model. Microbiome, 4(26). doi: 10.1186/s40168-016-0173-2
4 Quach, D., & Britton, R. A. (2017) Gut Microbiota and Bone Health. Understanding the Gut-Bone Signaling Axis: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology 1033, 47-58. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-66653-2_4
5 Groer, M. W., Luciano, A. A., Dishaw, L. J., Ashmeade, T. L., Miller, E., & Gilbert, J. A. (2014) Development of the preterm infant gut microbiome: a research priority. Microbiome, 2(38). doi: 10.1186/2049-2618-2-38
6 Baxter, N. T., Zackular, J. P., Chen, G. Y., & Schloss, P. D. (2014) Structure of the gut microbiome following colonization with human feces determines colonic tumor burden. Microbiome, 2(20). doi: 10.1186/2049-2618-2-20
7 Giloteaux, L., Goodrich, J. K., Walters, W. A., Levine, S. M., Ley, R. E., & Hanson, M. R. (2016) Reduced diversity and altered composition of the gut microbiome in individuals with myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome. Microbiome, 4(30). doi: 10.1186/s40168-016-0171-4
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