The question ‘are probiotics helpful in irritable bowel syndrome’ is a common one that I hear often and the answer is different depending on who you talk to. Fortunately the literature is full of different studies, reviews and meta-analysis papers discussing this very subject. Unfortunately the studies vary in their results, and many of the […]
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease characterised by antibodies directed at the pancreatic beta cells. Unchecked this autoimmune process impairs the pancreas’s ability to produce insulin resulting in poor blood sugar control and hyperglycaemia. This article will explore the gut microbiota and the changes that disrupted gut flora, or dysbiosis, has on the onset […]
As an avid gut explorer I am well aware of the knock on effect that the gut can have on digestion and food intolerances. That’s why I wasn’t so surprised to come across a paper exploring the link between the gut and lactose intolerance. This article will unpack the study and describe the findings that supplementation […]
Faecalibacterium prausnitzii is a member of the Firmicutes phylum and is the most numerous single bacteria found in the large intestine. Some estimates have it at over 5% of the microbial population. Big numbers. There have been a number of different papers exploring the link between dysbiosis (imbalanced gut microbiota) and a range of different […]
The use of prebiotics and probiotics in small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, or SIBO for short, has been generally considered a bad idea. The thinking does make sense. If you have an overgrowth of bacteria in the small intestine then why would you want to add more with probiotics or feed them with prebiotics. There is […]
Irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, is a common disease. Some papers have cited a whopping 20% of the population has IBS (1). While we still don’t know the cause of IBS we are learning more and more about every year. Recently a paper was published looking into these different aspects, or underlying factors, that may be contributing […]
There has been a debate in the literature as to whether Blastocystis is pathogenic or not. Some consider it pathogenic and others list the huge amount of infected individuals that show no symptoms. The truth of the matter may be somewhere in the middle with the subtype or strain of bug and the host immunity.
I have been looking for the link between bacterial and parasite gut infections and damage to the liver for some time now. Along with the positive stool results showing that I had the parasites Blastocystis hominis and Dientamoeba fragilis and the bacterial infection Klebsiella I also ordered a liver function test (LFT) where the blood is analysed for certain liver enzymes that indicate damage.