GASTROENTEROLOGY NERD ALERT!
GASTROENTEROLOGY NERD ALERT:
Check out this fascinating article about a recent publication in Nature Medicine on the impact of the gut microbiome on food allergies.
Disclaimer: I am neither a pediatrician nor an allergist, but I am completely intrigued by the wide ranging influence the trillion microorganisms that live with the gut (collectively known as the gut microbiome) have on our gut health and function, as well as colon cancer risk, metabolism, mood, and apparently possibly food allergies too!
The article describes how a healthy baby’s stool was transplanted into a mouse and this protected the mice from having allergic reactions to cow’s milk. However, “in contrast, germ-free mice that received gut bacteria from human babies with cow’s milk allergy did experience allergic reactions to cow’s milk.” In addition, “the researchers…also identified a bacterium that, when present in the gut, prevents allergic responses to food.”
There is SO MUCH to learn about the gut microbiome’s influence on our health. I eagerly anticipate learning all that science will have to offer on this topic in the decades to come.
Please call 224.407.4400 or visit compgihealth.com schedule an appointment. We are eager to share all we know about the impact the gut microbiome may have in your health and wellness.
We also look forward to learning about the latest breakthroughs at the upcoming Gut Microbiota for Health conference in Miami this March.
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