i have to write a research paper for my biology class on probiotics more specifically, b. thetaiotaomicron and b. longum, and their effect on polysaccharide metabolism, when mutually colonizing the cecum or co-colonizing the cecum. this is the study i refer to if you are interested. : http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1661682/
Anyways, it got me thinking that our gut flora is an extremely important in a lot of metabolic functioning and signaling especially when dealing with carbohydrates. our residential bacteria make up 90% of the cells in our body. so shouldn't we be looking at gut microbiota more closely? it doesnt seem to gain as much attention in our paleo world and i wonder why?
As we have gotten more sterile as humans we have seen a rise in a number of disorders including IBS and IBD (diseases a lot of people come to paleo to fix). anyone out there an expert on gut flora? any recommendations we haven't already heard?
This study tends to make me think that it's a very individual thing. could there be a day in the future where doctors make individual probiotic cocktails based on your genome and existing microbiota? could this lead to much more effortless health?
it seems like probiotics don't get the recognition they deserve and i wanted to start a conversation on them. i'd love to hear any of your thoughts on the topic even if you don't address any of the questions i've brought up.