Happy Friday Brain-Gut lovers!! Next week marks the start of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Awareness Month. April is a time where we can reflect on gastrointestinal symptoms, raise awareness for this common functional gastrointestinal disorder, and provide support for friends and family who suffer. IBS actually affects 15% of American's, which means that you very … Continue reading #14 IBS Awareness Month
Happy St. Patrick's Day! In celebration of all things Irish, today we dedicate our Friday Fun Fact to the humble potato. Not only is the potato an excellent vehicle for salt and butter, this little gem can also be a friendly microbiome helper. Win win! It turns out that cooked (and cooled) potatoes are high in … Continue reading #13 Happy Paddy’s Day!!!
Some bacteria have a very cool trick - they can form spores. Spores are made of super tough material (like keratin) and form around the bacterium encapsulating it in a kind of time machine. This spore is resistant to extreme temperatures (such as boiling water), chemical changes in the environment (e.g., radiation) and a lack … Continue reading #12 Friday Fun Fact – Time Machines