Microbiome Awareness Month — Your Emotional Gut

While there are plenty of things you may attribute your mood to – the weather, your job, life in general – have you thought about how your gut microbiome may be influencing your mood?

Researchers suggest that alongside plenty of other aspects of health, your microbiome has a profound effect on the way your mind works. Low levels of certain species of bacteria in your gut could be associated with depression or anxiety. Continue reading “Microbiome Awareness Month — Your Emotional Gut”

Microbiome Awareness Month – Microbes and Fitness

As the new year approaches, so too does the focus on getting fit.  

In one study, obese individuals appeared to have fewer different bacterial species in their guts than lean individuals.  The research identified a pretty big genetic component to visceral fat mass: heritability was responsible for 0.7 (or 70%) of the variance, so at least to some degree, it seems that you have a genetic predisposition to end up with a similar body shape to your parents, and this may be partly due to having a microbiome like Mom (or Dad).

As for increasing bacterial diversity, the study’s lead researcher, Dr. Michelle Beaumont, suggests that eating a broadly varied diet can help. Continue reading “Microbiome Awareness Month – Microbes and Fitness”

Microbiome Awareness Month – Poop: Flushing a Fortune

Did you know that your poop contains gold?

Scientists have detected microscopic amounts of precious metals in poop – including gold, silver, and platinum.  Apparently, the metals get into us through our interactions with a wide range of items, including hair products and detergents.  Among other mechanisms, microscopic fragments can probably be simply inhaled or end up in your food. Continue reading “Microbiome Awareness Month – Poop: Flushing a Fortune”