Gutbliss Weekly Review – December 1, 2015

  1. Marijuana proves to reduce IBS pain in a recent patient survey, but is it a recommended first line therapy? While pain reduction can be important, covering up pain without finding the root cause of your IBS isn’t always a good idea. Care By Design Patient Survey (Find out more about IBS at


  1. Poor lifestyle choices and stress affect more than our individual health – they’re passed onto our children and future generations through genetic alterations in our DNA. Live Dirty Eat Clean! Cell


  1. Gas, an inconvenient biological response, to say the least! Excessive gas could mean you have healthy gut bacteria, but it could also mean something else. Learn the difference between good and bad gas. NPR


  1. Antibiotics during pregnancy increase the risk of developing inflammatory bowel disease risk, as well as other diseases by altering gene expression during the development of the GI tract. #AntibioticsHandleWithCare PLOS ONE


  1. Dysbiosis (imbalanced gut bacteria) could be the environmental factor that triggers celiac disease (CD) in those who are genetically susceptible, leading scientists to investigate microbial-based interventions to help manage CD. Annals of Nutrition & Metabolism


  1. Could your gut bacteria determine when you’re full? Yes! A new study found that gut bacteria release different proteins before and after we eat – when the “full” proteins were injected into hungry mice, hormones associated with feeling full were released and food intake was diminished. Cell Metabolism


  1. Blood glucose levels between individuals differ dramatically in response to the same foods – clearly one diet does not fit all! Gut bacteria could be the explanation and a diet high in plant fiber could be the solution to unstable blood sugar. Cell


  1. The microbes that inhabit the guts of autistic individuals differ distinctly from those without the condition. The whys are unclear, but scientists are exploring the idea that leaky gut and the gut-brain connection could be the root cause. The Atlantic


  1. Do yourself a favor, read this…then eat a lot of plant fiber! Nautilus


By: Leslie Ann Berg MSPH