Low Intake of Vitamin B6 is Associated with Irritable Bowel Syndrome Symptoms

It is very common for there to be links between foods eaten by IBS sufferers and symptoms experienced. Intolerances to commonly eaten foods such as wheat and dairy are common, however less is known about links between intake of specific nutrients and IBS symptoms. In a cross sectional study carried out in May 2011 17 humans with IBS were … [Read more...]

Parasite Blastocystis Homini Associated with IBS

The parasite Blastocystis Homini has traditionally been considered a non- pathogenic organism with no role in gastrointestinal conditions such as IBS. This position is however beginning to change as Blastocystis and other parasites such as Dientamoeba fragilis have been linked to the aetiology of Irritable bowel syndrome. In a study published in … [Read more...]

Type of Carbs Eaten Affects Gas Production and Symptoms in IBS

It is not uncommon for patients with IBS to complain of symptoms worsening when eating foods rich in carbohydrate such as bread, pasta, rice, cereals or potatoes. However a recent study suggests that rather than avoiding this whole food group (which can be difficult for many patients to comply with), relief may be obtained by altering the 'types' … [Read more...]

Oral Bacteria May Provide Link To Pancreatic Cancer Risk

 A small study published in the journal 'Gut' has indicated that certain types of mouth bacteria some of which are linked to gum disease are associated with the       development of pancreatic cancer. This interesting finding helps move us further forward in finding clues to stop the progress of one of the … [Read more...]

Leaky Gut Link to Fat Around Your Organs?

Visceral fat (or the fat around your organs) is known to have a strong link with  metabolic dysfunctions such as insulin resistance, hepatic steatosis and inflammation. One theory as to why this might be is that increased intestinal permeability(also known as leaky gut) may help to increase this fat around the organs. … [Read more...]

High Sugar Diet Causes Changes in Gut Bacteria Increasing Risk Of Obesity

A growing body of evidence is showing that bacteria in the gut play a big role in weight management. Recent research has now shown that the consumption of large amounts of sugar in the diet can alter the composition of the bacteria making weight gain more likely. 90% of bacteria in the gut fall into two main categories - bateroidetes and … [Read more...]

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