Understanding the microbiome in the last few years has transformed us into how we perceive food and nutrition. Researchers from various disciplines are producing headline discoveries regularly. Many of them are also medical professionals, and their experience dealing with patients helps transfer treatments from the laboratory to you faster.
What is the microbiome?
The strong army of microbes – of bacteria, fungi, even viruses – reside in the intestines. A healthy and diverse community of gut microbiota is vital to our wellbeing in myriad ways.
Here are a couple of the impressive details from Profs—the studies on diet and intestinal microbiota.
Blood sugar (glucose) is associated with weight gain, diabetes, and diseases in the heart, affecting individuals and society tremendously. The increasing global expansion of these conditions is an alarming fact. Researchers developed a customized nutrition initiative, which involves creating volunteer metabolic profiles to understand gut microbiota’s role in metabolic disease development.
Some of their unexpected findings were that people responded drastically differently to food.
The scientists were able to generate algorithms predicting how the participants’ microbiota will respond to a wide variety of foods and devise personalized, health-enhancing diets.
Diet food, sometimes, won’t help you lose weight.
Researchers from the Weizmann Institute of Science found that the usage of artificial sweeteners as weight loss aids over decades would potentially result in glucose sensitivity and metabolism by modifying the intestinal microbiota.
The effects of lifestyle on our body and how personalized nutrition can aid
Lifestyle is the most crucial determination of our microbiome. It overturns the prevailing “made” hypothesis and is excellent news as we can manage our intestinal microbiota to optimum health.
The internal body clocks run 24/7, and disruptions to this fragile structure can lead to obesity, malnutrition, and fatty liver. This research shows that new drugs could be developed for modules, the body’s biological clock.
Distressed wake-sleep patterns indeed change the microbiome, thus increasing the risk of glucose intolerance and obesity in our biological clocks.
Metabolism and our brain
Another research team found that inadequate pain regulation and persistent pain amplification are linked to anxiety, depression, alimentary disorders, metabolic syndrome, etc.