Benefits of coffee: Greater motility and antimicrobial?

There are numerous benefits of coffee consumption. Coffee contains many polyphenols as well as caffeine. But some people just don't tolerate caffeine all that well. Fortunately for those folks, results of a study presented earlier this years show caffeine isn't necessary for the benefits of coffee. The research was presented at Digestive Disease Week 2019. … Continue reading Benefits of coffee: Greater motility and antimicrobial?

What causes gallstones? Immune cells set a trap

What causes gallstones? This question has plagued the more than 20 million people who have or will have gallstones. Gallstones are hardened crystals that form in the gallbladder or bile ducts. They contain cholesterol, bilirubin, or a combination of the 2 along with other components. Gallstones are extremely painful and often require removal of the … Continue reading What causes gallstones? Immune cells set a trap

The circadian influence on gut health and disease

Synopsis Circadian rhythms play an important role in our biology by adjusting it in a way that takes advantage of patterns in food availability.  They exert a substantial influence over our physiology by controlling many aspects of our behavior including state of arousal, motivation, appetite, and digestion.  Circadian disruption is associated with a number of … Continue reading The circadian influence on gut health and disease

Trying to increase bile output? This is your first step…gallbladder or not

One of the most frequent questions I received early on was what someone without a gallbladder should do to optimize their bile output. I didn't have an answer then, but after doing a little digging I believe I may have that answer.

But, the answer I came across isn't specific to people with poor bile flow or a missing gallbladder. In fact, what I found may answer the question, "How do you optimize bile output in all organisms?" Even if it doesn't answer that question, the study I found that provided the answer was done in humans, so it directly applies to us.

10 reasons why you need taurine for amazing gut health

If you're sick of dealing with digestive issues and haven't looked in to the amino acid taurine, I'm here to wake you up. While you may know taurine from its starring role in energy drinks or the neurological problems experienced by Pottenger's Cats, it plays a powerful role in the gastrointestinal environment.  But how powerful? … Continue reading 10 reasons why you need taurine for amazing gut health