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Gut Bacteria are Critically Important in Autoimmune Disease

Gut bacteria are critically important in autoimmune disease, because they provide a protective barrier along the entire length of the digestive tract much like a thick layer of turf protecting top soil. On top of the epithelial layer is the mucosa, which has different parts: The top part of the mucosa (mucin 1) is liquidy and this is where bacteria – the microbiome lives. Buyrate is made in the human body by commensal spore bacteria and it creates a physical barrier between gut bacteria, thus protecting the mucosal layer. Gut commensal spore bacteria help with production of Mucin 2 and starts healing the mucosa.

Recipe: Cassava Blueberry Muffins (Paleo)

In the interest of increasing biodiversity in my microbiome, I have incorporated cassava flour into my diet. In light of this, I have added the use of cassava flour. I love the way cassava flour mixes in a recipe and the fact that you can substitute it in a 1:1 ratio for wheat. Why even bother trying to adapt a conventional recipe when you can use this very good recipe for Cassava Blueberry Muffins! Print Tip:

Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Look Out – Bacillus Subtilis

A recent study by investigators from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), with colleagues from academic institutions in Thailand finds Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) can be eliminated by Bacillus subtilis. Furthermore, our findings suggest a probiotic-based method for S. aureus decolonization and new ways to fight S. aureus infections. When the researchers collected more samples from both the gut and the nose and tested them for the presence of S. aureus, they noted that the samples that contained Bacillus did not feature S. aureus and vice versa. The researchers infected the mice with S. aureus and then introduced Bacillus subtilis spores.

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