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Gut Health Myths Debunked

15/09/2020  From food intolerance tests to apple cider vinegar, Love Your Gut expert Dr Megan Rossi (RD) highlights some of the many myths surrounding gut health and explains the science to debunk those that are false or clarify those where there is truth to them.

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Gut Health Myths Debunked

Our Interview with Dr Kevin Barrett

15/09/2020  Dr Kevin Barrett is a GP with a specialist interest in gastroenterology. We caught up with him to find out more about his passion for raising awareness about gut health and how we can get more people talking about their bowels this Love Your Gut Week…

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Our Interview with Dr Kevin Barrett

Suggested criteria for using the term ‘probiotic’

25/08/2020 Although the term ‘probiotic’ was defined almost twenty years ago, its broad nature has meant the regulations surrounding probiotics can cause confusion. Dr Bruno Pot, Science Director at Yakult Europe, shares some recent publications to help explain the criteria needed for probiotics that are intended to be used in foods or food supplements and those that are designated as medicinal products.

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Suggested criteria for using the term ‘probiotic’

The fate of probiotics through the gut

25/08/2020 Survival through the gastrointestinal tract, at a physiologically relevant concentration, is one of the key characteristics of a probiotic. Researchers have explored what happens to the viability of two lactic acid bacteria delivered in fermented milk, L. casei Shirota and B. breve strain Yakult, after ingestion.

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The fate of probiotics through the gut

Research Grant for Small Intestine Microbiome Projects

25/08/2020 Are you interested in advancing your understanding of the role of the small intestine microbiome on human health? The Global Grants for Gut Health, a funding programme co-supported by Nature Research and Yakult Honsha Ltd, are currently looking to fund research on this topic.

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Research Grant for Small Intestine Microbiome Projects

Our interview with Natasha Haskey

25/08/2020 Natasha Haskey is a Registered Dietitian currently working towards her PhD within the Centre for Microbiome and Inflammatory Research at the University of British Columbia. We caught up with her to find out more about her career and research.

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Our interview with Natasha Haskey

Yakult & Nature Research Grant – Free Webinar

23/07/2020 Hear from the recipients of The Global Grant for Gut Health programme about their research in a free webinar on Friday 31st July.

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Yakult & Nature Research Grant – Free Webinar

Conference Grant - last chance to apply!

17/07/2020 Although many conferences have been postponed, some are making use of online platforms. If there is a conference or training course that you want to attend, then apply for our grant of up to £1,000, to support your attendance. The deadline for the current submission cycle is 31st July 2020, so be sure to get your application in before then! 

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Conference Grant - last chance to apply!

Does our gut microbiota affect our metabolic response?

17/07/2020 Not only can our diet influence our gut microbiota, but our gut microbiota can also influence our metabolic response to the foods we eat. Data from the PREDICT study shows that there is high variability between individuals and our gut microbiota can contribute for up to 7.5% of this variance.

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Does our gut microbiota affect our metabolic response?

What role does diet have on the gut microbiota?

17/07/2020 The food that we eat has a profound effect on the composition and function of our gut microbiota. High-fibre diets have been associated with a more diverse gut microbiota and increased short chain fatty acid production whereas, a high fat, high sugar diet is associated with a decreased diversity.

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What role does diet have on the gut microbiota?

Our interview with Dr Sarah Bunn

17/07/2020 Dr Sarah Bunn is a Biological Sciences & Health Scientific Adviser at the Parliamentary Office for Science and Technology (POST). We caught up with her to find out more about her career in parliament...

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Our interview with Dr Sarah Bunn

Gut-lung cross-talk: the gut microbiota in COVID-19

25/06/2020 Research shows there is a relationship between our gut and lungs, perhaps mediated via the gut microbiota and its effect on the immune system. Some reports found that 1/3 of COVID-19 patients report adverse gastrointestinal symptoms. Current research is exploring the efficacy of therapies that target the gut microbiota for respiratory infections, including COVID-19.

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Gut-lung cross-talk: the gut microbiota in COVID-19

Could a faecal transplant help with IBS?

25/06/2020 A new study by Lahtinen and colleagues has revealed that, although faecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) may provide some short-term relief of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms, it cannot currently be considered as a recommendation in the treatment of IBS in clinical practice. However, there is justification for more research within this area due to some interesting and positive secondary findings of this study. 

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Could a faecal transplant help with IBS?

When it comes to probiotic strains, is more better?

25/06/2020 Many assume that multi-strain probiotics are more effective than single-strain probiotics. However, in a recent review using a novel study design, which only included randomised-controlled trials using a single strain and at least one trial using the same single strain combined within a multi-strain mixture, found that, in general, the effects of single- and multi-strain probiotics are comparable. 

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When it comes to probiotic strains, is more better?

Conference Grant - Apply Now

25/06/2020 In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, conferences were unable to go ahead as planned. Now, some are taking advantage of technology and hosting virtual events, whilst others have postponed to a later date. If there is a conference or training that you want to attend, then apply for a grant of up to £1,000 to support your attendance.

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Conference Grant - Apply Now

Our interview with Professor Philip Calder

25/06/2020 We caught up with Professor Philip Calder, Head of Human Development & Health and Professor of Nutritional Immunology within Medicine at the University of Southampton and current President of the Federation of European Nutrition Societies to find out more about his career and research.

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Our interview with Professor Philip Calder

The Gut Microbiota & Mental Health

15/05/2020 Looking after our mental health has never been more important, so we wanted to support & raise awareness of this years’ Mental Health Awareness Week (18-24th May 2020) by exploring some of the latest research into the gut microbiota & mental health.

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The Gut Microbiota & Mental Health

Exploring the oral microbiota

15/05/2020 Join us at the start of our gastrointestinal tract as we explore the oral microbiota. We look at how this community of microorganisms develops, why it is important for human health, and the factors that can influence what lives there.

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Exploring the oral microbiota

Check out our new free resources

15/05/2020 We have created some new resources as part of a ‘Guide to…’ series that explores the fundamentals of the gut microbiota, probiotics and L. casei Shirota. These resources are free to download from our website! 

 

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Check out our new free resources

Our Interview with Dr James Stewart

15/05/2020 We caught up with Dr James Stewart, the Clinical Lead for Adult Nutrition at University Hospitals of Leicester and the person behind the popular twitter page ‘Nutrition Doc’ @Leicnut, to find out more about his career and social media work to combat nutritional myths.

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Our Interview with Dr James Stewart