The healing protein: Addressing thyroid problems with collagen

Collagen is the most abundant protein in your body. It’s one of the building blocks of the skin, bones and muscles and supports the structure of the organs and arteries. Best known for its skincare and fitness benefits, collagen may also help treat thyroid problems. Collagen for thyroid problems The thyroid gland is a small organ that regulates metabolism — … Continue reading The healing protein: Addressing thyroid problems with collagen

Auto-brewery syndrome – when gut bacteria produce too much alcohol – may cause fatty liver disease

Some microorganisms can raise a person’s blood alcohol to dangerously high levels, even if he hasn’t touched a drop of alcohol his whole life. In a study published in the journal Cell Metabolism, certain types of gut bacteria can ferment carbohydrates into alcohol within the body — a condition known as auto-brewery syndrome (ABS). A team of researchers from the Capital Institute of Pediatrics in … Continue reading Auto-brewery syndrome – when gut bacteria produce too much alcohol – may cause fatty liver disease

157 Organisms form the “baseline biome” of a healthy gut, say researchers

In a paper published in the journal PLOS ONE, a group of researchers identified 157 microorganisms that may be essential for a healthy gut. These organisms form a “baseline biome” that may hint at what a normal human microbiome looks like. According to co-author Keith Crandall of George Washington University (GWU) this baseline microbial list, which they called GutFeelingKB, provides preliminary data that may be useful for future … Continue reading 157 Organisms form the “baseline biome” of a healthy gut, say researchers

Triphala, an ancient remedy for oral and digestive health

Triphala is an herbal preparation that has been traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine. It’s a powerful remedy used to treat various oral and digestive ailments, such as gingivitis and constipation. Its therapeutic effects stem from its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. The word “triphala” literally means “three fruits” as the concoction consists of three medicinal fruit plants that are native to India: … Continue reading Triphala, an ancient remedy for oral and digestive health

Kombucha and probiotics: Why is this fizzy drink good for you?

Kombucha is a rising star in the realm of health foods. But make no mistake. This fermented, carbonated drink is more than just a food fad. In fact, scientists are turning to kombucha in an attempt to understand the relationships among microbial communities. In a recent article published in PeerJ, scientists from Arizona State University (ASU) and the University of New … Continue reading Kombucha and probiotics: Why is this fizzy drink good for you?

GERD / acid reflux diet: What to eat and what to avoid

Burning abdominal discomfort, chest pain and bloating after eating are all tell-tale signs of acid reflux. Getting a case of heartburn from time to time isn’t unusual, but it might be a sign of a more serious problem if it persists in the long run. Ekta Gupta, a gastroenterologist at Johns Hopkins Medicine, states that diet has … Continue reading GERD / acid reflux diet: What to eat and what to avoid

Here are 6 reasons to consider whey protein

Whey protein is a popular dietary supplement. Widely used for its muscle-building benefits, whey protein can be beneficial beyond increased muscle strength. Here are some other notable health benefits of whey protein consumption: 1. Helps reduce high blood pressure Millions of Americans suffer from high blood pressure or hypertension. Studies have found that whey protein can help lower high … Continue reading Here are 6 reasons to consider whey protein

Study: The health of your gut microbiome influences muscle strength

The gut microbiome affects muscle strength, found a study published in the journal Experimental Gerontology. Researchers from Tufts University said that the gut microbiome — the community of microorganisms living in the digestive tract — helps increase or decrease muscle strength depending on the amount of certain bacteria. The findings of the study benefit not only athletes but also older … Continue reading Study: The health of your gut microbiome influences muscle strength

Here’s to “good” bacteria: Eating raw organic fruits and veggies helps boost your gut health

To avoid harmful chemical fertilizers and pesticides in the food that you consume, it’s best to buy organic fruits and vegetables. A study published in the journal Frontiers in Microbiology found that consuming organic produce promotes gut microbiome diversity. Birgit Wassermann, the first author of the study and a researcher at the Graz University of Technology in Austria, explained that consuming raw … Continue reading Here’s to “good” bacteria: Eating raw organic fruits and veggies helps boost your gut health

Nutty and nutritious: Which type of nuts are best for your gut health?

Nuts are delicious superfoods and popular guilt-free snacks. They are also rich in protein and dietary fiber. According to an animal study, consuming nuts, specifically walnuts, promotes gut health. The study was published in the journal Nutrients and was conducted by scientists from Texas A&M University and the University of Connecticut Health. There are many different types of nuts, and all of them offer … Continue reading Nutty and nutritious: Which type of nuts are best for your gut health?