Gutbliss Weekly Review – April 20, 2016

  1. Those who live in areas surrounded by the most greenery, have a 12% lower mortality rate when compared to those who live in places surrounded by the least greenery. This includes a 34% lower rate of deaths from respiratory illness and a 13% lower rate of dying from cancer. Live Dirty! New York Times


  1. Put down your heartburn medication! It could increase your risk of kidney disease and kidney failure. A recent study found that those who use PPI’s have a 28% increased risk of kidney disease. Check out Gutbliss for information on how to taper your PPI medication and replace it with lifestyle habits. CBS News


  1. Antibiotic therapy proves ineffective in treating chronic Lyme disease. It also contributes to long lasting dysbiosis (imbalanced gut bacteria), a condition that puts you at risk for a host of diseases and conditions. Researchers urge doctors to limit antibiotic use to the initial two-week therapy. NPR


  1. Scientists uncover “the strongest evidence yet that gut bacteria can have a direct physical effect on the brain” – gut bacteria regulate nerve fiber insulation (or myelination), a process that’s vital for brain development and function, and if disrupted, can lead to neurological disease. These findings suggest that gut bacteria modulated therapies could play an important role in treating multiple sclerosis (MS) and psychiatric disorders. The Guardian


  1. Is there a need for neurological screening in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients? Maybe. Previous studies show higher rates of demylenating diseases (such as MS) in IBD patients (could gut bacteria be to blame?). When screening 70 patients with Crohn’s disease in a recent study, 53% showed neurological abnormalities. Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology


  1. Could diet help manage your IBD symptoms? YES! While not everyone is able to treat their IBD with diet alone (many can!), diet can help decrease medications and increase time between inflammatory episodes. Food is medicine! Worm infection may also be a future treatment option for those suffering from IBD. Huffington Post


  1. Our modern environment is creating a “global shift” towards gut bacteria imbalance, or dysbiosis (a condition highly associated with disease). Factors contributing to this shift include: urbanization, increased stress levels, processed foods, pharmaceuticals, sedentary living, lack of exposure to nature, climate change, and a loss of biodiversity. Read The Microbiome Solution for ways to reverse this shift in you! Biomed Central


  1. Inspire your children to make healthy food choices. Watch Joe Cross’ new film, The Kids Menu, and make it a family affair! The Kids Menu


  1. Having a Cesarean section (CS)? Talk to your doctor about vaginal seeding (dousing newborns in vaginal fluid following birth). A recent study finds evidence to support seeding in partially restoring the microbiome in C-section born babies. For other ways to promote a healthy microbiome in CS born infants, check out Breastfed at Tiffany’s. BMJ


  1. Wondering if your expanding mid-section is bloat or belly fat? Watch Dr. Robynne Chutkan on CBS This Morning and find out! CBS This Morning


By: Leslie Ann Berg, MSPH