This is the first instalment of my three-part series that investigates how the correlative link between the gut microbiota and our weight has come to be. Obesity is a worldwide epidemiological epidemic and current interventions, both medical and lifestyle, are failing to thwart its increasing prevalence. The discovery of that the gut microbial community is implicated in our expanding waistlines has spurred attempts to manipulate its composition – with novel procedures exploding onto the wellness scene. Continue reading OBESITY: MANIPULATING OUR GUT MICROBIOTA IN THE QUEST TO BE LEAN
By Andrew Lynch, University of Wisconsin, USA
As individuals, we have become exceedingly comfortable with the traditional loci of control: internal or external. In our own minds, we have either had control over our body and health… or we haven’t.
By Ian O’Neill, Quadram Institute Bioscience, Norwich, UK
Over the past two decades the research into the ‘microbiome’ has increased substantially and has revealed that there are complex ecosystems of microbes living on or within us from birth.
By Gareth Raynes, Aberystwyth University
The human microbiome is becoming more widely known and extensively studied. However, we’re not unique in having our own personal legions of friendly bacteria. Not only do other animals have extensive microbiomes, plants do too.