Probiotics have faced controversy before, but recent news headlines have painted them as everything from completely useless to potentially harmful. That characterization in the media is the result of two studies recently published in the journal Cell. So what’s the real story when it comes to probiotics? Are they safe and helpful, or should you take them with caution? Listen as I discuss what the data really suggest about probiotics with Lucy Mailing, a microbiome researcher.
A pair of groundbreaking studies have just been published that have led many to call into question the safety and utility of probiotic supplements. Published in the prestigious journal Cell, these studies suggest that probiotics don’t always colonize the gut and could even slow down recovery of the gut microbiome after antibiotics. So—should we avoid probiotics altogether? Read on to find out.
Could there be a gut–bone axis? Researchers are constantly finding new connections between the microbes that inhabit our bodies and our health, and emerging science suggests that bone disease might begin in the gut. Read on to learn how your gut microbes shape your immune system, influence nutrient status, and maintain skeletal health.
While there are many factors that influence thyroid function, recent research suggests that gut health may be a key player. The trillions of microbes that reside in your gut have a profound influence on the production of hormones in the body—including thyroid hormones. Read on to find out if a disrupted gut microbiota might be contributing to your thyroid problem, and learn how healing your gut could improve your thyroid function.
Almost 40 million Americans suffer from chronic sinusitis. Unfortunately, most conventional treatments are not effective and don’t address the underlying cause. Find out why probiotics may represent the future of treating chronic sinus problems.
Here is The Roundup, Edition 55, bringing you the best health research and paleo recipes from around the web over the past two weeks.