Microbiome Bites Aug. 19th

Antibacterial soap is hurting your microbiome. ThinkBiome

1. Your soap and toothpaste could be messing with your microbiome. The chemical Triclosan is a common antimicrobial used in household products including antibacterial soap. According to a paper published in the journal Science, such chemicals could be wreaking havoc on your microbiome and health. Read more.

2.  Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a widespread gastrointestinal disorder that affects more than 10% of the population. The origin of IBS is unknown, but dysbiosis may be a factor in its development. A recent meta-analysis study has shown that probiotic use could significantly improve overall symptoms and quality of life in IBS patients compared with placebo. Read more.

3. Dietary compound, TMAO, which increases heart disease may be influenced by gut microbiome. A Cornell study recently published online in the peer-reviewed journal Molecular Nutrition and Food Research reports new results that raise questions about whether circulating TMAO causes heart disease or whether it is simply a biomarker, or a sign, of developing disease. Read more.

4. Gut bacteria have the ability to regulate fat deposition, metabolism, and immune function. When the gut microbiome is imbalanced (termed dysbiosis) weight gain is likely to follow. American Journal of Physiology.

5. How the microbes inside us went from enemies to friends. An interview with UK science writer Ed Yong. Read it here.