Category Archives: Review

Review – 12/3/17

Intestinal bacteria help determine healthy bowel function – they play a vital role in controlling peristalsis (colonic contractions that help move things through the GI tract). Scientific Reports   Antibiotic exposure in mothers increases the risk of inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis) in their offspring. Scientists have also shown that the antibiotic-induced changes […]

Review – 11/20/17

Even healthy individuals can be at risk for developing heart disease… if they consume too much sugar. Clinical Science   Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is significantly associated with coronary artery disease in a study with 1059 participants. Researchers suggest screening for CAD may be beneficial in those diagnosed with SIBO. For more on SIBO, […]

Review – 11/8/17

Hypnosis can be an effective therapy for some functional GI disorders – acid reflux, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), chronic abdominal pain, and inflammatory bowel diseases (Crohn’s & ulcerative colitis). Healio Gastroenterology & Liver Disease   Looking for a magic pill to transform your health (and your gut bacteria)? It exists! And it’s called “intensive lifestyle […]

Review – 9/12/17

Never underestimate the power of broccoli – now shown to have therapeutic benefits in preventing and reversing intestinal inflammation. Dietary broccoli positively impacted gut flora, decreased gut inflammation, and diminished chemically induced colitis in mice. Journal of Functional Foods   Looking to test the health of your gut microbiome? You may want to wait. While […]

Review – 8/17/17

The key to flu prevention lies in the gut, and is contingent on eating more plants! Desaminotyrocine (DAT), a byproduct produced when a specific gut bacteria strain (Clostridium orbiscindens) breaks down plant foods, protects against the influenza virus by increasing antiviral responses. Science   Colorectal cancer death rates are increasing among white Americans under the […]

Review – 8/8/2017

Rural living reduces the risk of inflammatory bowel disease in children under the age of 10, and the effect is strongest for those who live in rural households during the first 5 years of life. The American Journal of Gastroenterology   Alterations in the infant gut microbiome may influence cognitive development. Children with a high […]

Review – 7/27/17

The Mediterranean Diet protects against colorectal cancer (CRC), and the more dietary components (above average consumption of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds, and regular consumption of fish) adopted, the more protection the diet offers. As little as adopting 2 Mediterranean dietary components reduced the risk of advanced polyps by 50%. Reducing fat in the diet […]

Review – 6/27/17

Minor alterations in gut bacteria may extend lifespan. A concept that has been around since the early 20th century is now ringing true in scientific studies. In the most recent study linking the microbiome with longevity, researchers injected worms with the E. coli bacterium strain. Altering a single gene in the strain in some of […]

Review – 6/13/17

Is whole grain or white bread better for you? It depends on your gut bacteria! A recent study found no clinical significant difference between the two breads, and while half of the participants had a more positive glycemic response to whole grain bread, the other half had a more positive response to white bread. However, […]

Review – 5/26/17

A vegetable/fruit juice diet for 3 days resulted in a gut microbiome associated with weight loss in 20 healthy individuals. An important factor to consider is the pre-study diets of participants. And while green juices can play an important role in healthy dietary habits, at Gutbliss, we recommend green smoothies that incorporate the whole food. […]