NOV 09, 2017 06:15 AM PST

Timing is Everything, Even With Food


Eating a balanced diet is essential for staying active and healthy, but recent research shows that it's not only what we eat, but when we eat that matters. Eran Segal is a computational biologist at the Weizman Institute of Science, and his research has shown that bacteria in the gut varies during the day. These bits of bacteria in the gut are responsible for a digestion and absorption of nutrients. Levels of different bacteria fluctuate up and down throughout the day. While the body has a circadian rhythm of wake and sleep cycles, Segal's research shows that the gut also has a rhythm similar to the body.

The gut microbiome also affects metabolism. Between the body's circadian clock and the fluctuating levels of gut bacteria throughout the day, looking at the time of day when a meal is consumed is just as important as what that meal includes. Since each person is different regarding the gut microbiome, a healthy diet will be different for each person. While many dieters focus on carbs, fat, and protein, paying attention to meal times and how you feel at various points in the day is also a significant part of maintaining a healthy diet.
About the Author
  • I'm a writer living in the Boston area. My interests include cancer research, cardiology and neuroscience. I want to be part of using the Internet and social media to educate professionals and patients in a collaborative environment.
You May Also Like
NOV 21, 2019
Plants & Animals
NOV 21, 2019
Watch a Hungry Polar Bear Respond to an Opportunity to Eat
Polar bears necessitate lots of food to ensure their long-term survival, but many times, hunting prey isn’t easy. It’s estimated that one in tw...
NOV 21, 2019
Plants & Animals
NOV 21, 2019
Hidden Cameras Capture Birds Stealing Shiny Things
It’s no secret that some birds like to collect shiny things. In the case of the humble bowerbird, males often build impressive twig structures and th...
NOV 21, 2019
Cardiology
NOV 21, 2019
What is Polycythemia Vera?
Polycythemia Vera (PV) is a slow-growing cancer of the blood. The cancer is characterized by an overproduction of blood cells within the bone marrow. Too m...
NOV 21, 2019
Cardiology
NOV 21, 2019
Meal Timing May Influence Heart Health
New research into meal timing suggests that when we eat may influence cardiovascular health. Research up until this point has focused on what we eat and ho...
NOV 21, 2019
Earth & The Environment
NOV 21, 2019
Study Confirms Hurricanes are Getting Much Worse
If it seems like hurricanes have become more destructive in recent years, it’s because they have. Thanks to a new damage-framing method accounting fo...
NOV 21, 2019
Health & Medicine
NOV 21, 2019
Antibiotic Resistance by the Numbers
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) just released its latest Antibiotic Threats in the United States report, which is summarized in the vi...
Loading Comments...