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Learn about Gut Flora from research on Hadza Tribe in Tanzania

19 Apr

In Western Tanzania tribes of wandering foragers called Hadza eat a diet of roots, berries, and game. According to a new study, their guts are home to a microbial community unlike anything that’s been seen before in a modern human population — providing, perhaps, a snapshot of what the human gut microbiome looked like before our ancestors figured out how to farm about 12,000 years ago.

“There have been relatively few studies of gut microbiota among humans eating pre-industrial diets, relative to humans eating post-industrial ones,” said Lawrence David, a microbiologist from Duke University, who was not a part of the study. The new study, published today in Nature Communications, is timely and important, David says, because it provides a snapshot of pre-industrial human’s gut microbiota. It also indicates that the ecosystem in our guts adapts not only to our diets but to the environments we live in… read more

The Bloating blues

29 Dec

How to avoid belly bloating

Six common causes and solutions for abdominal upset and bloating

By Dr. Natasha Turner, ND Wed Dec 15 2010
Photo credit: Getty

Whether it’s the large holiday dinners, the unusual foods or the high-carb treats, sooner or later your tummy will let you know that it’s not very happy. Indulging in holiday food fare seems to be worth the uncomfortable indigestion, flatulence, bloating and excess abdominal fat at the time, but it can sadly become an unhealthy lasting effect.

While abdominal bloating is sometimes related more to the function of the digestive system than to the storage of fat, when it comes to the holidays the old adage “calories in – calories out” rings true. All extra calories consumed will eventually be stored as fat somewhere, which may or may not include the belly area depending on your body type. If your stomach is flat on December 1st when you wake up in the morning then looks like you are four months pregnant by the end of January 1st, you can pretty much guarantee it’s a result of those high-calorie holiday treats.

Here are a few of the main culprits that can be causing your season-specific bloating or digestive woes, read more

How to get rid of a bloated belly

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