Volume 95 Issue 46 | p. 6 | News of The Week
Issue Date: November 20, 2017

High-salt diet throws microbiome out of whack

Study in mice suggests rebalancing gut microbes might one day treat conditions linked to sodium intake
Department: Science & Technology
Keywords: Microbiome, salt, diet, hypertension, Lactobacillus

It’s no longer just your doctor telling you to cut back on the salty foods. Your gut might be trying to send you a signal too.

Gut bacteria in mice change significantly after the animals have eaten a high-salt diet, researchers have found (Nature 2017, DOI: 10.1038/nature24628). And feeding the animals microbes to replace those lost because of this diet can help ameliorate some negative health effects, a finding that could lead to future . . .

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