What’s the Best Instant Laxative for Quick Relief?

Going number two probably isn’t something you think much about, but when not going becomes physically uncomfortable, it’s at the forefront of your thoughts. When you’re faced with occasional constipation and need relief fast, you probably head to the pharmacy. Unfortunately, many over-the-counter laxatives come with a heaping helping of adverse side effects. Not to … Continue reading What’s the Best Instant Laxative for Quick Relief?

The Health Benefits of Xylanase

Xylanase (pronounced zy-lan-ase) is an naturally-occurring enzyme commonly found in microbes and fungi that can play a vital role in human digestion. Scientifically speaking, it is an enzyme that breaks down a type of fiber known as hemicellulose by converting one of its components (beta 1,4 xylan) into a simple sugar called xylose. This is … Continue reading The Health Benefits of Xylanase

The Health Benefits of Protease

Protease (also known as a proteolytic enzyme, peptidase or proteinase) is a type of enzyme that functions mainly to help us digest different kinds of proteins. They break down the bonds by a process known as hydrolysis and convert proteins into smaller chains called peptides or even smaller units called amino acids. Commonly found in … Continue reading The Health Benefits of Protease

Bifidobacterium bifidum: A Healthy Probiotic Strain

There’s a lot of confusion out there about what makes a good probiotic, so let’s take a closer look at one of the most important around: Bifidobacterium bifidum. This bacterial strain is one of the most popular, commonly added to commercial yogurts and probiotic supplements. Its effectiveness for supporting digestive health could explain its popularity. Let’s … Continue reading Bifidobacterium bifidum: A Healthy Probiotic Strain

Bifidobacterium longum: A Healthy Probiotic Strain

Ten years ago, the thought that microorganisms in your body could lead to a mind-blowing list of benefits might have sounded farfetched. Our greater understanding of probiotics has paved the way for a wider use of good bacteria in modern health approaches. With so many strains of probiotics, it can be difficult to know which one is … Continue reading Bifidobacterium longum: A Healthy Probiotic Strain

Bifidobacterium breve: A Healthy Probiotic Strain

The benefits of probiotics are numerous, but did you know different bacterial strains provide different benefits? While all of them are helpful for digestion, not all probiotics are equal. This fact has led to a lot of confusion. Let’s clear up a few questions and take a closer look at one specific probiotic strain your body … Continue reading Bifidobacterium breve: A Healthy Probiotic Strain

Authentic Greek Peach Barley Recipe

Substituting your bland oatmeal for this indulgent peach porridge is a flavorful way to kick off your day. Mediterranean food is tempting and healthy, and this authentic Greek barley recipe from the Greek Vegan is no exception. Roasted peaches, maple syrup, orange juice, cinnamon, cardamom, and barley come together beautifully in this sweet treat that’s perfect for … Continue reading Authentic Greek Peach Barley Recipe

Do Probiotics Reduce Cold and Flu Risk?

Your immune system is an intricate, highly-involved structure responsible for defending your body against attack from harmful organisms. A number of components strengthen immune health, including probiotics. Recent research has shown certain strains of beneficial bacteria could be helpful against cold and flu. Probiotics, an important aspect of health that is greatly under-consumed, is perhaps one … Continue reading Do Probiotics Reduce Cold and Flu Risk?

Lactobacillus paracasei: A Healthy Probiotic Strain

Right now, inside of you, is a team of living bacteria. Certain strains of bacteria are responsible for different health effects, but many of them also share the same functions. Lactobacillus paracasei is one such strain with powerful benefits. Let’s get familiar with this strain and examine the research behind it. The Benefits of Lactobacillus Paracasei Of the … Continue reading Lactobacillus paracasei: A Healthy Probiotic Strain

Lactobacillus salivarius: A Healthy Probiotic Strain

Quite a bit of attention has been placed on the benefits of probiotics lately. Not familiar with these helpful bacteria? Simply put, probiotics are microorganisms that support your immune system, help you digest food, and absorb nutrients. [1] You should know, however, that probiotics is an umbrella term and there are many different strains of bacteria that are … Continue reading Lactobacillus salivarius: A Healthy Probiotic Strain