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

Bacterial Histamine Linked to Abdominal Pain in IBS

Scientists from McMaster University and Queen’s University, both in Ontario, Canada, have identified a gut bacterial ‘super-producer’ of histamine that can trigger pain flare-ups in some irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) patients. The offender has been named Klebsiella aerogenes, the McMaster-Queen (MQ) strain, and it appears in up to 25 percentRead

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