Week Ending July 19, 2021

A fermented-food diet increases microbiome diversity and lowers inflammation, Stanford study finds
“Stanford researchers discover that a 10-week diet high in fermented foods boosts microbiome diversity and improves immune responses.”

How can consumers be empowered to eat healthy and sustainable foods?
“How can an ‘enabling food environment’ be created to encourage healthy and sustainable diets across Europe?”

Diet Affects Mental Health More for Women Than Men, Study Finds
“Your mood may be directly related to your food. That’s the finding of a new study published in the Journal of Personalized Medicine, Women’s mental health is tied even more directly to the food they eat, since eating a healthy diet of whole grains, dark leafy greens, beans, and nuts allow people to work out more often than a standard American diet high in fat and simple sugar, which can negatively impact mood.”

Dancing to music may halt progression of Parkinson’s disease
“Previous research has suggested that dance classes may improve walking speed, balance, and movement in those with PD. However, most of these studies happened over short periods and did not include widely-used tools to diagnose the condition, such as the ​​Unified Parkinson’s Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS).”

Dr. Deepak Chopra launches telehealth platform at the intersection of modern and alternative medicine
“Alternative medicine advocate Dr. Deepak Chopra is teaming up with Verizon and CareSpan on a new platform called Chopra Integrative Medicine Center Telehealth, which was designed to bring a network of holistic medical providers into one space.”

6 Expert-Approved Drinks Perfect For Unwinding Before You Go To Bed
“When bedtime approaches and you’re looking for a calming beverage to sip on, what do you go for? Not all nighttime drinks are created equal, so we asked experts for their favorites—plus, how much you should (or shouldn’t) drink before bed to avoid waking up.”

A simple compound to control complex gut microbes
“Researchers at the RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences (IMS) have discovered that acetate, a major metabolite produced by some intestinal bacteria, is involved in regulating other intestinal bacteria. Specifically, experiments showed that acetate could trigger an immune response against potentially harmful bacteria.”