The double burden of malnutrition and the microbiome

When hearing the term “malnutrition,” most people probably think of something along the lines of underweight children wasting away in a foreign country. However, malnutrition is much closer to home than most people typically realize. Malnutrition can actually refer to two broad categories of nutritional imbalance: one is “undernutrition” (wasting, stunting of growth, and associated … Continue reading The double burden of malnutrition and the microbiome

Environmental contaminants, antibiotics, and the microbiome

I have previously written about how foods we eat affect our microbiomes, but new research is increasingly revealing that chemicals in our environments that we do not consider food (or sometimes even realize we are ingesting) can equally well throw off our microbial balance. For example, most adults in the United States have some level … Continue reading Environmental contaminants, antibiotics, and the microbiome

Microbiota, It’s Cold Outside

I recently stumbled across some research into how gut bacteria may help regulate body temperature (a.k.a. thermoregulation). As someone who has the body temperature regulation skills of a tropical plant, I was intrigued. According to a recent article, researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences have found evidence that the gut microbiota play an important … Continue reading Microbiota, It’s Cold Outside