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Microbiome

The latest on the science of the microbiome.

When to take a probiotic
August 23, 2020

When to Take a Probiotic? Why Technology Trumps Timing

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and the WHO, probiotics are defined as living micro organisms that confer a health benefit on the host (aka… Read More

Photo depicting what bacteria looks like
November 4, 2019

What are the Health Benefits of Bifidobacterium Longum?

In a previous post I wrote about strains of probiotic bacteria that improve “brain power,” Bifidobacterium Longum (B. Longum) was featured prominently. Certain strains of B. Longum have indeed been… Read More

Top 3 causes of acne from a science perspective
October 4, 2019

Breaking Down the 3 Big Causes of Acne

We all want clearer skin, right? So, in the name of clearing up acne and associated acne myths, let’s get nerdy with a deep dive into the science of zits…. Read More

April 12, 2019

When a Gluten Free Diet Isn’t Enough to Heal the Gut

I had a friend visiting last week who has celiac disease. Watching him carefully navigate restaurant menus made me realize how relaxed my “gluten free” diet truly was. Why is… Read More

why I don't eat canola oil
November 26, 2018

Why I don’t eat vegetable oil

This is a post about why I don’t eat vegetable oil, not as much a post about why vegetable oil is bad for people in general (although it is), so… Read More

September 30, 2018

Why Glyphosate is Dangerous, and How to Avoid Eating it

Glyphosate is the main ingredient in the weed-killer Roundup® and is the most widely used chemical herbicide in history. Chances are, this chemical is in at least some of the… Read More

Mold genes
June 14, 2018

The Mold Genes: What You Need to Know

The fuzzy weblike structures formed by molds are a common sight, which is not surprising given that the number of identified mold species number in the thousands, with likely millions… Read More

Probiotics During Pregnancy
May 23, 2018

Should I be taking probiotics while pregnant?

One of the most trending topics in pregnancy today is probiotics. We’ve all heard of them (and we’ve written about them here at Gene Food quite a bit), but can… Read More

Kids Probiotics
February 21, 2018

Tips for Building Gut Health in Kids: Why Whole Foods are Best for the Microbiome

Anyone who has kids, or any experience with kids, knows that there are a lot of picky eaters and that school cafeterias, fast food, and pre-packaged and processed foods aren’t… Read More

Bifidobacterium vs Lactobacillus Strains
January 19, 2018

Bifidobacterium vs. Lactobacillus probiotics: what’s the difference?

All the growing interest surrounding probiotics has led to an explosion in the supplement market, which is estimated to be valued at $45.64 billion and growing. A probiotic is defined… Read More

December 7, 2017

Probiotics Can Reduce Stress and Improve Mood. Here’s Why

Nootropics (supplements that increase cognitive ability) are all the rage these days, especially in Silicon Valley where nootropic supplements (and pharmaceuticals) are often taken as performance enhancers. I’ve already written… Read More

October 16, 2017

The blood type diet has been debunked, or has it?

Hope the headline didn’t get you too excited. Yes, the blood type diet is largely thin on evidence. Although, as I will discuss in this post, there are a few… Read More

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