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Bacteria

Psychobiotics Brain Health

Psychobiotics: can probiotics make our brains work better?

Nootropics (supplements that increase cognitive ability) are all the rage these days, and I’ve already written on this blog about my experiences with the popular nootropic theanine, however, I’ve read studies lately that make me believe that the best path to cognitive enhancement may just travel through the microbiome. Probiotics as brain enhancers It turns… Read More

Exercise Microbiome Gut Health

Exercise and the microbiome: can you outrun your gut issues?

It is very en vogue right now to dump on running as an outdated mode of exercise that strains your heart and ruins your joints, and there is some evidence that “chronic cardio” is indeed bad for you. However, as with anything, it’s the dose that makes the poison. Yes, running very long distances everyday… Read More

Gut Microbiome

How our gut bacteria can fight tumor growth

The average adult gut extends over 20 feet and is the home of over a thousand different bacteria species, all with specific roles to play in digestion. In fact, science is just starting to understand how important the microbiome is to our health, with animal studies even showing the potential for certain strains of bacteria… Read More

Should you eat eggs everyday? No, and cholesterol has nothing to do with it

Updated November 23rd, 2017 I just finished a delicious breakfast of three scrambled pastured eggs cooked in ghee, half an avocado, and some roasted brussell sprouts. Yum. Prior to breakfast, I went for a run and listened to Joe Rogan interview Chris Kresser on his podcast. I am fans of both of these guys, but… Read More

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

Top-level summary: Hope the headline didn’t get you too excited. Yes, the blood type diet has largely been debunked. Although, as I will discuss in this post, there are a few narrow redeeming qualities to this much maligned fad diet. The main science backed diet issue for people to consider based on their blood type is… Read More

Probiotics aren’t the only way to restore healthy gut bacteria

Updated November 8th, 2017 Ahh, the microbiome. That mystery world of gut bacteria that helps us do everything from digest food, to regulate mood. We’ve all read about its importance, and some of us have even had the DNA of the little critters colonizing our guts sequenced with services like uBiome. However, we’re just scratching… Read More

Natto Taste Test Superfood

Natto taste test: How does this super-funky superfood stack up?

It’s nattō time at Gene Food, folks. Why am I eating smelly fermented soybeans for breakfast, you might ask? OK, well maybe you aren’t asking that right off the bat. But you will. “It looks like glue with bugs in it,” my best friend said when I told her that John had assigned me to eat… Read More

Zonulin Leaky Gut

Zonulin and leaky gut: what you need to know

In a previous post I talked about the genetics of celiac disease, and I’m going to return to the gut to talk about a protein of growing interest in gut health, and in particular autoimmune health: zonulin. If you do a lot of reading about nutrition and genetic health you’ve likely come across the term… Read More

Candida Overgrowth

Candida controversy: is yeast overgrowth overblown or blowing up?

Updated November 8th, 2017 Our verdict: it’s blowing up, but there are caveats, so read on.  Yes, Candida is over baked as a health theory, and yes, some who blame Candida for their digestive issues do not, in fact, have Candida overgrowth. It is a difficult condition to diagnose. However, there is evidence to suggest… Read More

Berberine Cancer Prevention

Micro-dosing berberine: good idea? bad idea?

I’ve been “micro-dosing” berberine, usually around 150-200mg a day for a few days. The smaller dose (most supplements come in 500mg pills) came after I experienced side effects from higher doses. My main focus is on gut repair, but I’ve stumbled across some research, and pieced together a few themes that had been rattling around… Read More

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