Environmental Pollutants & the Microbiome

In a recently published Frontiers in Medicine review, the bidirectional interactions between environmental toxicants and the gut microbiota were examined, highlighting the complex relationship between the composition of the microbiota and xenobiotic metabolism. Given that for most people the greatest source of exposure to pollutants is via diet and waterRead

Sugar Changes the Microbiome & Fuels Metabolic Disease

A new mice study in the journal Cell helps explain how a high-sugar, high-fat Western-style diet disrupts the gut microbiome, increasing the risk of metabolic disease, pre-diabetes, and weight gain. Study Details Researchers from Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons set out to investigate the impact of theRead

Probiotics Boost Mood in People on Antidepressants

If any of your patients are taking antidepressants, make sure they are also supplementing with probiotics daily. According to a study in Translational Psychiatry, probiotic “add-on” therapy helps decrease depression among men and women on prescription antidepressants.  Study Details & Highlights For the 31-day study, performed on inpatients at the UniversityRead

Fruits and Veggies Improve ADHD in Kids

There’s a simple prescription for treating ADHD in children – eat more fruits and vegetables. New findings published in the online journal Nutritional Neuroscience linked diets high in fruits and veggies with less severe inattention, a key symptom of ADHD. Vitamins and minerals serve key roles (often as cofactors) inRead