HDL cholesterol is often known as good cholesterol. Early on, research showed that HDL may protect against heart disease. But, trials in drugs that raise HDL failed to show any benefit. Furthermore, a recent paper found that people with high HDL(>80mg/dL) have higher rates of all-cause and cardiovascular disease mortality. Many people who undertake a … Continue reading Why does saturated fat raise HDL? The answer may shock you!!!
What is leaky gut? Well, for one, it's something many are scouring the internet looking for. You've likely heard about it from a friend or read an article about. But what is it really? There are a lot of misconceptions on leaky gut. Many believe gluten causes it in everyone. It doesn't, but bread has … Continue reading What is leaky gut?
Dyspepsia is the most common upper GI condition that people experience. It presents with: An excessive feeling of fullnessEpigastric pain(Pain just below ribs)DiscomfortBurningNauseaBelchingVomitting These symptoms often occur acutely due to dietary exposures, consuming certain foods and such. But it can also be a recurring problem in some people. When there is a cause, such as … Continue reading Dietary treatment of dyspepsia and IBS
Oral health plays an important role in shaping our gut microbiome. After all, the mouth is effectively the gateway microbes use to access our gut. Unfortunately, people really aren't aware of how the health of their mouth regulates the gut microbiome. Poor oral hygiene leads to biofilm factories that continually expose our mouth and entire … Continue reading How oral health shapes the gut microbiome
What causes Alzheimer's disease? We've spent decades looking at the link between Alzheimer's disease and a protein called amyloid beta(Aβ). But the truth of the matter is we don't know if Aβ causes it or is simply a biomarker. One heavily explored relationship is the link between type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer's diseases. It's clear … Continue reading What causes Alzheimer’s? New link with type 2 diabetes
Healthy digestive system function is something we all take for granted. Normally, it's not until something goes haywire that we pay any mind to digestion at all. But when digestion does go off the rails, bad times are a coming, especially if it happens regularly. Gas, bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and indigestion are no treat. … Continue reading How to improve digestive system function
The gut-brain axis is a bi-directional link between the brain and digestive tract. It links the 2 intimately, defining how emotions and digestion share a reciprocal relationship. On the one hand, our emotions can impact how we digest our food. A classic example of this is in the relationship between stress and irritable bowel syndrome(IBS). … Continue reading Gut-brain axis 101: Understanding how the brain and gut chat
Gut bacteria live in communities throughout your digestive tract. They do many things for you while they hang out there. They help digest your food, synthesize vitamins and metabolites that make you healthy, and help train your immune system. But since the science is so new, there's a lot to digest(Pun intended). As a result, … Continue reading Getting healthy gut bacteria to thrive in your gut
A low FODMAP diet is a common approach to managing irritable bowel syndrome. FODMAPs are rapidly Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides, And Polyls. The problem with FODMAPs is that they ferment rapidly and are poorly absorbed. So they stick around and feed bacteria that cause gas and bloating. Most people have no issue with FODMAPs, though … Continue reading How a low FODMAP diet improves digestion in IBS
Thinking about doing a low carb high fat diet but not sure if it's right for you? Can even you build great gut health with such a diet? Fortunately, low carb diets can improve gut health. So if you want to adopt one, it's certainly a valid option. But they're not right for everyone. Unfortunately, … Continue reading Is a low carb high fat diet good for your gut?