Category «Microbiome»

Weight Loss: Optimizing your diet based on your genes

Diet gurus, talking heads on TV, government food pyramids, and your friend who lost 20 pounds… What do they all have in common?  They all know the perfect diet that will whip you into shape and make you feel good. If that diet doesn’t work for you?  Well, you must have been cheating. You didn’t …

How our genes shape our gut microbiome and our weight

Several studies have come out recently showing that those who are overweight have a different gut microbiome composition than those who are lean.  There have also been interesting mouse studies showing that transplanting feces from obese mice into lean mice causes the lean mice to become obese.  A 2010 study that found that supplementation with the probiotic Lactobacillus …

Genetics and Gum Disease

I read a study last week that piqued my interest in the interplay between genetics and gum disease.  Maybe there is a genetic reason for my tendency towards bleeding gums when the hygienist stabs her probe into them?  I was intrigued to look into other influences on gum disease to see if there is something …

Gut Health and Your Genes – FUT2 Genetic Variants

I am constantly amazed at the interaction between our bodies and the microbes within us.  Yes, a bit geeky, but this stuff is really cool! Whether or not you secrete your blood type plays a big role in the type of bacteria that dwell in our gut microbiome — and whether you are likely to …