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Research: Study finds powerful links between gut microbiome, diet and long-term health
By Megan Whitby 28 Jun 2021
Results showed diets fuelled by fibre-rich, whole and unprocessed food support the growth of the good microbes Credit: Shutterstock/My Ocean Production
Gut health programmes which improve our microbiome aren't new in the spa industry as wellness experts and scientists recognise the links between good bacteria in our intestines and wide-reaching benefits – from improving our heart and metabolic health, helping people who suffer from diabetes and obesity for example, to regulating our hormones.

But Spa Business predicts the food as medicine approach, championed by operators such as The Original FX Mayr, Buchinger Wilhelmi, Chenot and Sha Wellness, will boom in popularity as consumers recognise how essential the microbe community in our bowel is to developing our immunity, defending us against pathogens and on our brain function/mental health.

Findings from new studies like Predict, one of the first to take a deep look at dietary intake and its effect on the gut microbiome and health outcomes, could further strengthen spa offerings.

The study, published in Nature Medicine in January, monitored the gut microbiome composition, diet and cardiometabolic blood markers of 1,100 participants from the US and UK, and is the world’s largest research project investigating individual responses to food.

The key revelation was the identification of 15 ‘good’ and 15 ‘bad’ naturally-occurring gut microbes that can correlate with key markers of health status in a positive or negative fashion, including inflammation, blood pressure, blood sugar control and weight.

Results showed diets fuelled by fibre-rich, whole and unprocessed food support the growth of the good microbes, while diets containing a higher concentration of processed foods with added sugar and salt, promote bad gut bacteria associated with illnesses.

This indicates we have control over our gut microbiome and can positively impact our future health outcomes by changing what we eat, explains Dr Sarah Berry, study co-author and epidemiologist at Kings College London.

“Surprisingly, findings also suggested that due to the personalised nature of the microbiome, a personalised approach to what you eat for your unique biology is the best way to positively impact your health,” she adds.

“I’m excited to share this research as our findings show how little of the microbiome is pre-determined by genes and therefore how much is modifiable by diet, how we may be able to modify it by diet and how this may impact our subsequent health.”

To check out more insights from Berry about what other determinants affect how we respond to food, head to the latest issue of Spa Business here.


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Research: Study finds powerful links between gut microbiome, diet and long-term health
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Results showed diets fuelled by fibre-rich, whole and unprocessed food support the growth of the good microbes Credit: Shutterstock/My Ocean Production
Findings also suggested that due to the personalised nature of the microbiome, a personalised approach to what you eat for your unique biology is the best way to positively impact your health
– Dr Sarah Berry
Gut health programmes which improve our microbiome aren't new in the spa industry as wellness experts and scientists recognise the links between good bacteria in our intestines and wide-reaching benefits – from improving our heart and metabolic health, helping people who suffer from diabetes and obesity for example, to regulating our hormones.

But Spa Business predicts the food as medicine approach, championed by operators such as The Original FX Mayr, Buchinger Wilhelmi, Chenot and Sha Wellness, will boom in popularity as consumers recognise how essential the microbe community in our bowel is to developing our immunity, defending us against pathogens and on our brain function/mental health.

Findings from new studies like Predict, one of the first to take a deep look at dietary intake and its effect on the gut microbiome and health outcomes, could further strengthen spa offerings.

The study, published in Nature Medicine in January, monitored the gut microbiome composition, diet and cardiometabolic blood markers of 1,100 participants from the US and UK, and is the world’s largest research project investigating individual responses to food.

The key revelation was the identification of 15 ‘good’ and 15 ‘bad’ naturally-occurring gut microbes that can correlate with key markers of health status in a positive or negative fashion, including inflammation, blood pressure, blood sugar control and weight.

Results showed diets fuelled by fibre-rich, whole and unprocessed food support the growth of the good microbes, while diets containing a higher concentration of processed foods with added sugar and salt, promote bad gut bacteria associated with illnesses.

This indicates we have control over our gut microbiome and can positively impact our future health outcomes by changing what we eat, explains Dr Sarah Berry, study co-author and epidemiologist at Kings College London.

“Surprisingly, findings also suggested that due to the personalised nature of the microbiome, a personalised approach to what you eat for your unique biology is the best way to positively impact your health,” she adds.

“I’m excited to share this research as our findings show how little of the microbiome is pre-determined by genes and therefore how much is modifiable by diet, how we may be able to modify it by diet and how this may impact our subsequent health.”

To check out more insights from Berry about what other determinants affect how we respond to food, head to the latest issue of Spa Business here.
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