1. A probiotic supplement is a good idea in promoting gut bacteria balance, but dirt may be the more powerful probiotic solution. Dirt, the age-old super food, was the first mineral supplement, and eating it is a behavior practiced by many indigenous communities. Mommypotamus

 

  1. Feed professional athletes better… and they’ll perform better? Yes! While this is shocking news to many, Gutbliss is not surprised that Liverpool’s Premier League success is due to changes in their nutrition routine. New York Times

 

  1. Looking for a New Year’s resolution that will help promote microbial health AND keep your house tidy? Check out this list of natural household cleaners and do away with the chemicals under your cabinets. MindBodyGreen

 

  1. Scientists studied a Tanzanian hunter-gatherer tribe to discover the optimal daily amount of exercise our bodies need. Monitoring daily movement, heart rates, and other cardiovascular markers, researchers found that tribe members participate in 2+ hours of moderate exercise daily, and very rarely run or exercise vigorously, with the elders moving more than younger generations. Moral of the story – move whenever you can… even as you age! American Journal of Human Biology

 

  1. Not only is fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) a more lasting cure for recurrent C-diff infection, it’s also more cost effective than the standard antibiotic treatment, a new study shows. Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology

 

  1. 50 million Americans suffer from an autoimmune disease. What’s causing this epidemic? Research points to imbalanced gut bacteria, which disrupts “immune homeostasis”, causing chronic inflammation and eventually, autoimmunity. For a step-by-step guide to restoring your microbiome and fighting autoimmune disease, check out Dr. Chutkan’s bestseller, The Microbiome Solution. Huffington Post

 

  1. Paraquat, a pesticide linked to Parkinson’s disease, is manufactured in Europe, where its use is prohibited, and exported to the United States. While one sip of paraquat is lethal and the body of scientific evidence linking it to Parkinson’s is “about as persuasive as things can get” (not to mention the proven adverse effects pesticides have on the microbiome), the pesticide is legal in the United States. New York Times

 

  1. Oral probiotics proven to enhance memory in Alzheimer’s patients in a recent study. When supplementing daily with 4 probiotic strains (Lactobacillus acidophilus, L. casei, L. fermentum and Bifidobacterium bifidum), patients’ scores improved on a mental abilities test, while scores declined in their counterparts who did not take the probiotics. Metabolic changes may explain the improvement in cognition; those who took the probiotics also showed improvements in insulin metabolism and lipid profiles. Ageing Neuroscience

 

  1. After a review of the literature, a recent meta-analysis confirms that probiotics have a positive effect on mental health, “by lessening the psychological symptoms of perceived stress, depression and anxiety.” Journal of Alternative & Complimentary Medicine

 

  1. Rewilding your home is an important part of Dr. Chutkan’s approach to restoring your microbiome. Check out NASA’s list of the best air-cleaning plants for your home. My Modern Met

 

By: Leslie Ann Berg, MSPH