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List of microbiome-friendly diet suggestions

Brilliant list of microbiome-friendly suggestions for a healthier gut and improved mood from an article by Harvard Medical School on the gut-brain connection. "- Eat whole foods and avoid packaged or processed foods, which are high in unwanted food additives and preservatives...

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Gut microbiome linked to chronic pain

Wow. An amazing microbiome discovery. For the first time, new research shows that changes in the gut microbiome is connected with chronic pain, specifically fibromyalgia. "In a paper published today in the journal Pain, a Montreal-based research team has shown, for the first time, that...

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How social stress can change gut bacteria

Eye-opening new research (using animal models) shows how social stress changes the gut microbiome, which in turn could lead to self-destructive changes in the immune system. This could provide clues for autoimmune disorders which affect 1 in 5 people. The social stress was mice being put...

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Could infants be exposed to small amounts of bacteria in utero?

Fascinating new research finds evidence that a fetus could be exposed to some of the mother's bacteria before birth. The "main seeding event" for founding the infant microbiome happens during birth (after the water's break) with the baby acquiring the mother's vaginal and gut microbes (if...

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Why Lactobacilli bacteria are so crucial to women's reproductive health

Lactobacilli are my favourite bacteria because they are crucial to women's reproductive health. Lactobacilli are the dominant species of bacteria in the vaginal microbiome in healthy women. And they play a crucial role in conception (as discussed within our full 9 hour course) and in pregnancy -...

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Antibiotics in early life and risk of obesity?

Exposure to antibiotics during early life can increase the risk of childhood obesity - but new research indicates that TIMING IS CRUCIAL. From the abstract: "Decreased growth was observed after antibiotics in the first week of life, whereas increased growth was observed after later...

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PART TWO: Recent infant microbiome research on the infant microbiome, the development of the infant immune system and link to childhood leukaemia.

Recent infant microbiome research Part 2: The development of the infant microbiome, the development of the infant immune system and causal links to childhood leukaemia. It can be tricky keeping up with the latest research on the infant microbiome. That’s why I’ve decided to collate some...

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PART ONE: Recent infant microbiome research on home birth, prenatal exposures, mode of birth and obesity

Recent infant microbiome research Part 1: Home birth, prenatal exposures, mode of birth and obesity It can be tricky keeping up with the latest research on the infant microbiome. That’s why I’ve decided to collate some recent research and news articles into a series of blog-posts. Here is a...

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#1 FAQ Question: Group B Strep (GBS)

Whenever I give talks at conferences or Q&A’s at film screenings, the no.1 subject I am always asked about is group B Strep (GBS). I never felt 100% confident answering questions on group B Strep because it is a difficult, nuanced challenging subject. I wasn’t fully up to date with the...

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Informed Choice: Why Infant Feeding Discussions Needs To Include Human Milk Oligosaccharides

In the UK, the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) have just published a new position statement making it clear that women should be fully supported in all their infant feeding choices, including formula feeding. To quote from Chief Executive Gill Walton, "The RCM believes that women should be at...

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