Better Living Through Science: Personalized Nutrition and Your Health
Not all bacteria and viruses are bad. In fact, in the form of the microbiome, they are crucial not only to your health, but your quality of life. What is the microbiome? A mighty army of microbes - bacteria, fungi, viruses, and microorganisms - that live in the gut and are so important to protecting our well-being that they're often called the second immune system.
Weizmann Institute scientists are pioneers in the booming field of microbiome research, regularly making global headlines with their discoveries, and proving that a thriving, diverse gut microbiota population is essential to health in myriad ways. These range from weight to anxiety to diabetes, with more relationships being discovered all the time.
Institute scientists come to microbiome research from fields as varied as neuroscience and math, immunology and machine learning, combining their knowledge to explore this complex system. Their findings will help fight the global epidemic of obesity, diabetes, and related disorders. Repairing an unhealthy microbiome may be as easy as altering your lifestyle. For example, research on personalized nutrition has produced astonishing findings such as showing that artificial sweeteners can actually cause the obesity they were designed to prevent, and that people have individual - and opposite - metabolic responses to food. They have shown that personalized nutrition is personalized medicine.
Weizmann's ultimate goals are to develop new therapies, reduce risk factors, and alleviate - even cure - these metabolic conditions. You can help our researchers keep finding new ways to improve your life - and the lives of your friends and family - through science.
Learn more about how the Weizmann Institute is fighting obesity and metabolic disorders – and improving lives.