The Gut Health World Summit is a conference that highlights the latest in microbiota research.
This conference always highlights interesting findings. One of the recent presentations was about a new glycoprotein called P-glycoprotein.
P-glycoprotein helps stop the infiltration of neutrophils (white blood cells) into the gut. Certain antibiotics destroy the bacteria that produce glycoprotein, opening the door for increased gut inflammation.
This is an example of the research that validates my concerns about antibiotic use. I suspect that research like this will help experts design antibiotics that are better than the loose cannons that are currently available. We need to get a lot better at placing antibiotics exactly where they need to be, so they cause minimal collateral damage to beneficial bacteria.
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Other interesting research from this conference focused on the gut health of mice. When mice are given prebiotics, it stops their gut from being damaged by radiation exposure. Mice given prebiotics had better bowel flora and suffered a lot less damage than mice who not given prebiotics. This research again demonstrates how important it is to have good numbers of beneficial gut flora.
It’s essential to keep an eye on the research about gut flora as it helps inform decisions about diet, supplements, and lifestyle choices that are gut-healthy.