Do bananas work in treating constipation?

Bananas are both good and bad for constipation depending on the form in which they are eaten, be it either ripe or unripe. The views on this topic from online sources are mixed and contradictory

Do bananas work in treating constipation?No one can argue that bananas are a healthy fruit loaded with foliate, fibre, potassium and magnesium. But the question remains about whether the nutritious fruit causes or relieves constipation. In an article on Everyday Health, Tammy Lakatos, registered dietician, nutritionist and personal trainer said that unripened green bananas are constipating, but ripe bananas with […]

Researchers reveal why artificial sweeteners are bad for your health

Scientists who’ve studied the effects of artificial sweeteners on gut bacteria say it can be toxic. It’s possible that artificial sweeteners could make our bodies less tolerant of regular sugar

Researchers reveal why artificial sweeteners are bad for your healthFor decades, scientists have had a tough time figuring out what artificial sweeteners are really doing to our bodies. To date, researchers have conducted over 210,000 different studies on the sugar substitutes. But despite all the research, we still know remarkably little about the health effects of the powdery substances, which are often used to […]

Pomegranates can help treat inflammatory bowel disease, suggest study

Eating a diet rich in pomegranate could hold the key to fighting inflammatory bowel diseases, a new study says

Pomegranates can help treat inflammatory bowel disease, suggest studyUrolithin A, derived from pomegranates, and its synthetic equivalent could help treat inflammatory bowel disease Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) refers to two different conditions,  Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis,  that are characterised by the long-term inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract, which includes the oesophagus, stomach, and intestines. In a new study, researchers from the University […]

Here are a few simple tips to fight chronic inflammation

The awareness of the intersection between inflammation and chronic disease has spawned a plethora of diet plans, nutritional supplements, and lifestyle programs, many implying they offer new ways to improve your health by quelling inflammation

Here are a few simple tips to fight chronic inflammationIt’s true that scientists are uncovering new complexities and expanding their knowledge of factors that may contribute to inflammation or help counter it. But much of the heavily hyped guidance for an anti-inflammation lifestyle boils down to the same no-nonsense health advice your grandmother might have given you. Make healthy food choices Our diets play […]

Regulating gut bacteria might help manage anxiety, finds 11 of 21 studies

Evidence that suggests our gut bacteria play complex roles in maintaining and impacting overall health is piling up. One new review of the scientific literature has now found that regulating intestinal microbiota may help relieve the symptoms of anxiety

Regulating gut bacteria might help manage anxiety, finds 11 of 21 studiesPeople who experience anxiety symptoms might be helped by taking steps to regulate the microorganisms in their gut using probiotic and non-probiotic food and supplements, suggests a review of studies published today in the journal General Psychiatry. Anxiety symptoms are common in people with mental diseases and a variety of physical disorders, especially in disorders […]

High fibre diet helps control diabetes by changing gut bacteria

New research finds that a shift in diet to incorporate more fibre could encourage specific types of gut bacteria, reducing the symptoms of diabetes and aiding weight loss

High fibre diet helps control diabetes by changing gut bacteriaA diet rich in fruit and vegetables can help treat type 2 diabetes, and it seems to do this by changing the bacteria that live in a person’s gut. Liping Zhao at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China and his colleagues compared the effects of two different diets in people with type 2 diabetes. Over […]

High-fat diets do no favours for your gut bacteria, finds study  

New research found that when people boosted their fat intake to 40 percent of their daily diet for six months, the number of ‘good’ gut bacteria decreased while ‘unhelpful’ bacteria amounts increased

High-fat diets do no favours for your gut bacteria, finds study  Has a high-fat meal ever left you feeling bloated and sluggish? It turns out that a heavier fat diet may keep the many bacteria that live in your digestive system from doing their best, too. Results of the study were published online Feb. 19 in the journal Gut. “The study result showed that a high-fat […]

Exercise boosts well-being by improving gut health, finds US study

Now, a new study suggests that the level of a person's physical activity may affect the bacterial diversity in their gut, and thus influence their health

Exercise boosts well-being by improving gut health, finds US studyBoth bacterial diversity in the gut and regular exercise are important when it comes to health. But how are the two related? Though this may seem strange, human bodies are actually made, according to recent estimates, of about as many bacteria and other microorganisms as regular human cells. In the colon alone, the tract that […]

Researchers reveal: People with depression less likely to have certain gut bacteria

The study also found that many gut bacteria can produce compounds that act on the nervous system. If confirmed, the results could lead to a deeper understanding of the gut-brain connection, and possibly open avenues to new treatments for mental illness

Researchers reveal: People with depression less likely to have certain gut bacteriaPeople who lack certain gut bacteria are more likely to experience depression, according to the largest study yet to find a link between our microbiota and mental health. Jeroen Raes of KU Leuven University in Belgium and colleagues examined over 1000 volunteers in Belgium who’d had the bacteria living in their gut genetically sequenced as […]

Dietary fibre and gut bacteria protect the cardiovascular system, reveals study

Beneficial gut microbes can produce metabolites from dietary fibre, including a fatty acid called propionate. This substance protects against the harmful consequences of high blood pressure

Dietary fibre and gut bacteria protect the cardiovascular system, reveals studyThe fatty acid propionate helps defend against the effects of high blood pressure, including atherosclerosis and heart tissue remodelling, a study on mice has found. Gut bacteria produce the substance, which calms the immune cells that drive up blood pressure, from natural dietary fibre. “You are what you eat,” as the proverb goes. But to […]
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