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Posted on02 Jun 2020
For a few weeks earlier this year, Mr E did something different for his morning routine. Instead of flushing his poop down the loo, he collected all of it, packed it up and dropped it off at a laboratory on his way to work.

There has been a lot of buzz about the human gut microbiome among researchers and doctors in recent years. The gut microbiome is the genetic material of the trillions of microbes that live in the human body.

With advances in science, researchers and scientists are able to look at how these micro-organisms in the gut are linked to disease. Dysfunction in the microbiome has been associated with auto-immune diseases such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis; gastrointestinal problems such as Crohn's disease and irritable bowel syndrome; and other conditions such as eczema, anxiety and autism.

Asian Gut Microbiome Reference Library with stool samples from at least 2,000 healthy Singaporeans. It is the first of its kind in South-east Asia, and researchers and doctors can access samples in their search for ways to treat diseases. Two, to identify more donors, like Mr E, with diverse and healthy guts.

Their "premium poop" will be used not just for research, but also to make therapies to benefit patients suffering from a range of conditions. Fecal bacteria from a healthy donor is processed and transplanted into the patient to restore his gut microbiome by introducing healthy bacteria.

FMT is now the second line of treatment for the infection, after a course of antibiotics. Its founders see potential to use FMT to treat other conditions, including inflammatory bowel disorders such as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis; Parkinson's and cancer; anxiety and depression, and childhood autism spectrum disorder.

"Much more research is required in this field to generate the knowledge and practical insights about the Asian gut microbiome, so that we can enhance human health in the Asian setting," he adds. "The gut microbiome has been implicated in many conditions beyond the gut - including cancer, dementia, autism, obesity and diabetes - and it is so crucial we study the Asian gut microbiome to develop diagnostics and therapies that are specially customised to Asians."

If the gut microbes is so critical and important to one's health, shouldn't you be taking probiotics to ensure your gut stays healthy and have adequate good bacteria to keep an optimal balance of 70% good and 30% bad bacteria?

Probiotics are proven to help the gut and digestive system, it is paramount you take this daily to keep your gut healthy. Lactomin range of probiotics are uniquely formulated to target your gut, with double microencapsulation, ensuring the probiotic strains enter the key areas of your intestines and repopulates to replace the bad bacteria and prevent bad bacteria from lining up your intestinal walls. 

Source : ST May 2020
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