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Gut Week

Inverse celebrates your wondrous gut! Learn everything there is to know about the microbiome, including how to take care of your own and how your gut affects your brain, your weight, and your health in general.

Gut Week runs November 22-28, 2021.

Gut Week

Gut health could prevent one of the most worrying Covid-19 side effects

“Maintaining a healthy microbiome through healthy diet would definitely benefit in fighting against Covid-19.”

The Inverse Interview

Can you have a “Super Gut”? A controversial doctor thinks he has the answer

A controversial doctor thinks he has the answer.

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Why the gut may be humans’ “first brain”

This is not science fiction.

Gut Week

This one nutritional strategy can benefit gut health — and fight inflammation

A study published in July found fermented foods may be particularly useful in boosting gut microbial diversity and fighting inflammation.

Gut Week

Scientists have discovered a link between one problematic emotion and gut health

Your microbiome’s diversity may depend on your mood.

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Can vaccines help protect the gut? Fungus study hints at future treatments

Fungi are important members of the microbiome — but they can also hurt human health.

Mind and Body

Western diets may have a pernicious side-effect on the gut microbiome — study

Put down the French fries, perhaps.

Gut Week

Recipes to boost gut health: 2 delicious, science-backed dishes

Dr. Linda Shiue shares two recipes from Spicebox Kitchen.

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Gut study uncovers a surprising role for immune cells in nutrient absorption

In a study was published earlier this year in the journal Science, scientists uncovered a direct role for immune cells in controlling nutrient absorption in the small intestine.

dirty business

Gut study reveals a “mind-blowing" strategy to reverse aging in the brain

“By restoring the microbiome, we’re targeting it through this transplantation, we’re able to reverse age-related cognitive deficits.”

Gut Week

The “disappearing” human microbiome — and the fraught push to preserve it

Competing ideas on how to collect and study our microbiota raise a vital question: Who benefits?

Mind and Body

Gut study reveals one behavior may matter more than genes for long-term health

You have the power.


Scientists link 2 gut microbes to hormone-fueled cancer

Treatment-resistant cancer may be driven — at least in part — by the makeup of the gut microbiome.

Gut Week

What is the gut?

Come along on a week-long tour.

Inverse Interview

What foods boost gut health? A doctor reveals the biggest mistake you can make

In this exclusive interview with Dr Linda Shiue, cookbook author and physician, Shiue reveals the biggest mistake you're probably making when it comes to eating for the gut.

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Sunday Scaries

Why scientists think these dietary supplements may help treat depression

While probiotics alone aren’t the cure, they could help as an add-on to other treatments.

Beer gut

Beer might actually improve gut health, study finds

Beer belly, but make it biodiverse.

Check, please!

Does coffee make you poop? A gastroenterologist gets to the bottom of it

The connection is more complicated than you might think.

in and out

The baby poop of hunter-gatherers could unlock better gut health

The Hadza are known for their exceptional microbiomes.

Check, please!

Can ginger cure nausea? A gastroenterologist reveals the spicy truth

It certainly doesn’t hurt.


Antibiotics can hurt your gut microbiome, leading to a deadly fungal infection — study

One of the risk factors for getting invasive candidiasis is antibiotics.


A brief history of video game poop

A trail of turds from Earthbound to Death Stranding.

This week in science

Axiom Mission 1 splashdown and more: Understand the world through 8 images

Here are the biggest science stories of the week.

Fact Check

Here's what drinking aloe vera juice really does to your body

A nutritionist explains the dangers of this new TikTok trend.


Poop transplants could be used to treat peanut allergies — study

Fecal microbiota therapy shows early promise as a treatment for the potentially life-threatening allergy.

It's alive!

This elusive toxin in the gut reawakens "zombie" viruses

Colibactin has been confounding scientists for almost two decades. New research uncovers one piece of the puzzle.

Gut Check

Study: Multiple sclerosis patients have a different gut microbiome

The condition has confounded scientists. Do bacteria in the gut hold any answers?


A pair of gut enzymes could be key to universal organ donation — a holy grail of medicine

Scientists successfully changed the blood type of human lungs in the lab.

Mind and Body

The secret to treating Long Covid may lie in the gut microbiome

Bacterial populations may predict who gets Long Covid.


Gut microbiome study reveals the depths of racial health disparities

Time for a gut check.

Good Living

Gut study reveals why pandas get huge despite their terrible diet

Trust the gut.