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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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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Yes, Processed Foods Can Make You Sick — Here's How

BySamuel J. White, Philippe B. Wilson and The Conversation

There’s growing evidence that ultra-processed foods may affect how our immune system works.


Should You Train Yourself to Be A Morning Pooper? Here’s What A Gastroenterologist Says

ByVincent Ho and The Conversation

No, you’re not imagining it. People are really more likely to poo in the morning, shortly after breakfast. Researchers have actually studied this.


These Ultra-Processed Plant-Based Foods Might Increase the Risk For Many Diseases

ByHannah Docter-Loeb

Not all plant-based meals are healthy.


How Many More Ozempic-like Drugs Are In the Pipeline — Here’s What Researchers Are Working On

ByKnowable Magazine and Matías A. Loewy

The new class of medications is changing the way scientists think about obesity.


Is The Gut Microbiome Actually Our "Friend"? One Scientist Says No

ByMiriam Fauzia

While we might think we derive health benefits from our uninvited houseguests, the theory of evolutionary addiction begs otherwise.


Scientists Are Tantalizingly Close To Identifying The Gut Bacteria Linked To Stress

ByAndrea Merchak and The Conversation

Your gut microbiome contains trillions of a diverse range of bacteria, fungi, and viruses.


Soda Brands Are Adding Fiber to Their Beverages — Here’s What Could Go Wrong

ByElana Spivack

They’re not healthy — just healthier than soda (which isn’t that hard to be).


Eating More Of This Type of Protein Could Help You Age Better

ByMiriam Fauzia

Get munching for some serious health gains.


Scientists Identified A Strange Connection Between Our Gut Microbes and Anxiety

ByMiriam Fauzia

People with social anxiety disorder have a unique melange of gut microbes.


Why Does Alcohol Give You Diarrhea? A Gastroenterologist Reveals The Bizarre Connection

ByThe Conversation and Vincent Ho

Alcohol can interfere with the time it takes for food to go through your gut.