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10 Proven Health Benefits of Yogurt

10 Proven Health Benefits of Yogurt

Probiotics occur naturally in many foods. The most popular source in the Western diet is yogurt. Here are 10 proven ways yogurt can boost your health.  

The human gut contains several thousand strains of bacteria and every person has a different mix.  Some are beneficial, some are just there for the ride, and some can become problematic. When the balance between "good" and "not so good" bacteria is disrupted, lots of things can go wrong from the immune system, to digestion, to mental health.

18 Healthy Reasons to Sip Kombucha

18 Healthy Reasons to Sip Kombucha

Kombucha is the rage among health food lovers. Now researchers have gathered 75 studies attesting to its proven health properties

Fermented tea known as kombucha has been rapidly growing in popularity among health food lovers. But it's actually been around for thousands of years. It originated in China in the third century B.C. Then it made its way to Russia, India, and Japan where it became a staple among Samurai warriors. Today it is also popular in Poland, Germany, Bulgaria, Indonesia and many other cultures.

A Dozen Uses of Probiotics That Will Surprise You

A Dozen Uses Of Probiotics That Will Surprise You

Everybody now knows that probiotics are good for you. But here are twelve recently discovered benefits of probiotics that might really surprise you!

1. Happiness

Antibiotics Given to Babies Increase Their Risk of Obesity

Antibiotics Given to Babies Increase Their Risk of Obesity

Researchers from the New York University School of Medicine's Department of Pediatrics have determined that children given antibiotics prior to five months of age have a significantly higher risk of becoming obese later in life.

The researchers analyzed the health records of 11,532 children born in Avon, UK between 1991 and 1992. They focused on three groups: Those children given antibiotics before six months of age; those given antibiotics between six and 14 months of age, and those given antibiotics between 15 and 23 months of age.

Bacteria Endotoxin Leakage Thru Gut Hikes Heart Failure

Bacteria Endotoxin Leakage Thru Gut Hikes Heart Failure

Bacteria endotoxins - waste matter produced by bacteria - can flood our bodies and cause disease. This is exacerbated by leaky gut syndrome. The combination of the two has now been scientifically linked to a number of metabolic and inflammatory diseases, including heart disease. 

By now you hopefully know that the gut can harbor good and bad bacteria. A healthy gut will harbor more good than bad. And a gut with a fair share of inflammation will likely be harboring more bad than good bacteria.

Breastfeeding Decreases Risk of Dental Decay

Breastfeeding Decreases Risk of Dental Decay

Researchers from Sweden's Umeå University have determined that breastfeeding increases a certain species of oral bacteria, and these oral bacteria inhibit the growth of pathogenic bacteria that infect gums and cause dental decay.

Hand Sanitizer Reports on Allergies and Asthma Miss Point

Hand Sanitizer Reports on Allergies and Asthma Miss Point

NBC and other media outlets have recently reported findings from a study released this summer in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. The media reports that hand-sanitizers and being "too clean" can actually produce unintended effects, including greater incidence of allergies and asthma among children.

And they are right. But for the wrong reasons. The study being quoted is from Swiss, German and U.S. researchers who combined a previous study comparing Swiss children who lived on farms with Swiss children not living on farms. The study showed that the Swiss children who lived on farms had significantly less incidence of allergies and asthma than did the Swiss children not living on farms.

In that Swiss study, nearly 14,000 children were surveyed between 2006 and 2007, including over 3,000 farming children and almost 11,000 non-farming children. In this study, 38% of the non-farming children had allergies compared to 19% of the farming children, and 19% of the non-farming children had asthma compared to 15% of the farming children. In addition, 19% of the non-farming children had allergic dermatitis compared to 16% of the farming children.

Inflammation and Obesity Linked with Lower Probiotic Diversity

Inflammation and Obesity Linked with Lower Probiotic Diversity
Ever wonder why some people seem to have more inflammation, fatigue and obesity than others despite their best efforts? New research has discovered the answer relates to the diversity of our gut's probiotic bacteria.

New human clinical research from France has found that the more genetic diversity our gut bacteria have, the lower our tendency for inflammation, obesity and metabolic dysfunction.

Kimchi Packs Proven Health Benefits


Kimchi Packs Proven Health Benefits

Koreans have been enjoying salted and fermented vegetables known as kimchi for about 2000 years. It's typically served with steamed rice at every Korean meal. But this spicy dish is much more than a condiment 

Lactobacillus fermentum ME-3 A New Frontier in Glutathione Therapy

Glutathione is essential to the functioning of each and every cell in the human body, but modern times have made it increasingly challenging for our stores to be maintained at optimal levels. Could a 'good bacteria' called Lactobacillus fermentum help support this increasingly prevalent deficiency? 

Liver Disease Linked to Gut Bacteria and Leaky Gut

Liver Disease Linked to Gut Bacteria and Leaky Gut

Much speculation has revolved around the causes for nonalcoholic liver disease and cirrhosis over the years. New findings provide surprising links between our gut bacteria, leaky gut and the liver's health.

Yes, alcohol certainly hurts the liver, and many cases of liver disease are caused by drinking too much. But this is not the only type of liver disease. In fact, chronic liver disease is often of a type called nonalcoholic liver disease.

Obesity Linked to Poor Sleep


Obesity Linked to Poor Sleep

Obesity Linked to Poor Sleep

Poor sleep and obesity are like two peas in a pod. If you don't sleep well, your chances of becoming overweight or obese become greater.

This is the finding of research that has studied sleep habits together with relative weight and waist circumference among different populations.

The most recent study comes from the College of Medicine at Korea University, where researchers conducted a nationwide study that included 9,077 adults.

The research surveyed the participants and correlated the number of hours they slept a night together with their body mass index (BMI).

Parkinson’s Disease and Gut Bacteria: A Proven Link

Parkinson's Disease and Gut Bacteria: A Proven Link

The gut and the brain are pretty far apart, but increasingly scientists are connecting the dots and finding that Parkinson's is truly related to gut bacteria.

Prevent and Treat the Common Cold with Strain-Specific Probiotics

Rather than haphazardly buying probiotics off the shelf, customize your selection this cold and flu season with evidence-based strains proven to boost immunity.

Burgeoning technological innovations and scientific revelations have provided us with unparalleled insight into the inner workings of our universe, from the microcosmic realm of the microbiota to the macrocosmic landscape of planetary interactions and phenomena at the galactic scale. However, mankind has yet to conquer the common cold.

Probiotics Change Brain Activity, Emotional Response

Probiotics Change Brain Activity, Emotional Response

Researchers from UCLA's Geffen School of Medicine have determined that consuming a milk fermented with probiotics changes the brain activity of women.

The UCLA medical researchers divided 36 healthy women into three groups. One group was given a milk fermented with probiotics twice a day. Another group was given a milk without the probiotics. The other group was given no milk product.

Before the study began the women underwent extensive brain MRI studies and brain activity tasking response analyses. Then the women consumed the probiotic or placebo milk for four weeks, followed by repeated testing.

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Along with the MRI testing, the researchers tested brain responses to emotional faces, as well as during rest. They utilized analyses that tests emotional response.

Probiotics Reduce Negative Thinking

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New research finds that our gut bacteria linked with negative thinking - and supplementing probiotics can reduce negative thoughts.

Negative thinking is defined as a spiraling of thinking that takes a person from one negative thought to the next. Often this is lightly attributed to getting up on the wrong side of the bed. But now we find it may also be a case of 'bad bugs'.

Could the little microbes teeming in our gut have anything to do with negative thinking? Surely not, you say smugly.

Think again.

Raw Honey Contains Probiotic that Boosts Immunity

Raw Honey Boosts Immunity In A Special Way

Honey has a world of health benefits that science is only beginning to uncover. Now, new research reveals that raw honey in particular has special immune boosting properties as well

Prior research has shown that honey's ability to stimulate the immune system had a lot to do with the fact that flower nectars contain plant polyphenols and other phytochemicals.

Well, we can now add another reason for honey's ability to stimulate the immune system: A particular probiotic bacteria endemic among honeybees.

The understanding of this probiotic reveals a number of key elements regarding honey and the honeybees - regarding fructose digestion and even honeybee colony collapse.

Skin Probiotics Offer Best Defense Against MRSA Infections

Skin Probiotics Offer Best Defense Against MRSA Infections

Researchers from the University of California at San Diego have determined that healthy skin bacteria serve as defense mechanisms against infection, and can fight off even the sometimes deadly MRSA infection.

This of course explains why not everyone who comes into contact with the methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria – or any other skin infective agent for that matter – becomes infected.

The researchers tested a typical skin (probiotic) bacteria Propionibacterium acnes against MRSA in several settings. The researchers conducted laboratory studies by growing cultures of Propionibacterium acnes with and without their preferred food medium of glycerol, and tested these varying cultures against a species of MRSA bacteria known to be one of the most fatal – the USA300 species.

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The Gut, Microbes and Poop


The Gut, Microbes and Poop

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There's a topic I spend an inordinate amount of time thinking about. To the point that I think I may be obsessed. To put it into perspective, I live in Paris. Just wandering through the streets of the city in the Spring-time is a visceral experience worthy of song, poetry and, of course, blog posts. The other day, I was with my 12 year old son walking the dog, thinking about the way the gut and brain ARE. Not the way they communicate, but the way they are. The way we are.

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What is Kynurenic Acid - Nutrient or Toxin?

What is Kynurenic Acid - Nutrient or Toxin?

New research is finding that the biochemical called kynurenic acid is necessary for many metabolic processes. But increased levels are linked with mental disorders and other conditions. So is it a nutrient or a toxin?

Research has connected increased kynurenic acid levels with cancer, schizophrenia, inflammatory bowel syndrome and a number of other conditions.

Yet at the same time, kynurenic acid has been linked to healthy conditions and decreased infections, notably digestive conditions. While higher levels are linked with inflammatory bowel syndrome, lower levels are linked to irritable bowel syndrome.

Other research has linked kynurenic acid to reductions in ulcers, colitis, and other gut-related conditions.

And its presence is considered necessary in order to stimulate cognition. It is used within our central nervous system to act as a go-between with dopamine. In fact, research has pointed to the reality that kynurenic acid is the key component of dopamine neuron firing, and when its levels are too high among the central nervous system, neuropathic and even disorienting conditions can prevail.

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Increased levels of kynurenic acid production in the oral cavity have been linked with mouth abscesses. But decreased levels have been linked with increased infections. What the heck is going on?

Is Kynurenic acid a nutrient?

Yet even with this mix of evidence, some researchers have promoted the idea that kynurenic acid be considered a nutrient – something to be supplemented in order to provoke its benefits in disease prevention.

Supporting this notion is the finding that kynurenic acid has been found throughout healthy organs and tissues throughout the body – involving it in healthy metabolism. Kynurenic acid at different concentrations has been found in the brain, liver, lungs, intestines, muscles, bloodstream, spleen and of course the intestines.

Should we supplement with Kynurenic acid?

Kynurenic acid has been found to bind to some of the body's most important cell receptors, including nerve and brain cell GABA receptors, NMDA (N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor) receptors, AMPA receptors, nicotinic receptors, platelet-aggregation receptors, and many others.

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