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Bacteria

UTI treatment

Can urinary tract infections be cured with diet and supplements?

Although I have been lucky never to have had one, urinary tract infections (“UTIs”) are a common and recurring problem for millions of Americans, especially women, with complaints of UTI accounting for an estimated 7 million doctor visits every year. E. Coli, a nasty type of pathogenic bacteria, is thought to be the culprit behind… Read More

Crohn’s disease genetics

The genetics of Crohn’s disease: what you need to know

Crohn’s disease is complex, chronic disorder primarily affecting the digestive system and with no single known cause. What we do know, though, is that this disease occurs more often in people with northern European ancestry and of eastern and central European (Ashkenazi) Jewish descent. When epidemiologists (who study disease development) identify this type of pattern… Read More

Vegans and the Paleo Diet

What vegans don’t understand about the paleo diet

Most Vegans don’t see a good reason why anyone would ever go Paleo, under any circumstances. After all, as documentaries like What the Health claim, the science is squarely on the Vegan side of the aisle. Or is it? Is there something the Vegan community is missing about the popularity of Paleo? Although I am… Read More

Kids Probiotics

Should kids take probiotics? Tips for building gut health in kids

Updated March 4th, 2018 This past weekend, my 8-year-old cousin had a stomach bug and asked me what she could do to make her stomach ache go away. The best advice I could give her was to not eat anything with milk or dairy, to eat small portions of clear soups if she was hungry,… Read More

Bifidobacterium vs Lactobacillus Strains

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 as a microorganism that survives the digestive process to confer a health benefit on the host, which in this case, is us. The health benefits… Read More

Zinc Supplements Benefits Side Efffects

Zinc has many health benefits, but don’t overdo it

We’ve all been there. A few weeks in to the craziness of Christmas parties and year end dinners with friends, our body is telling us stop, but the calendar is saying Go! This year, partying and poor food choices had me feeling like I was coming down with something, so I reached for the zinc…. Read More

prostatitis cure

Yes, you can cure prostatitis – proven strategies for maintaining prostate health

This post is part of multi-part series shedding light on the latest treatments for common chronic conditions faced by an increasing number of Americans. Prostate. Just mentioning the word will get some snickers, but this little forgotten gland is crucial to every man’s health. In fact, if you are a man who would like to… Read More

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

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