The side effects of a long term Carnivore diet are unknown. For many, short term issues such as diarrhea, constipation, or other GI issues improve with time. But what about the long term effects? Might some problems creep up over the long term? A recent paper on the long term effects of a Carnivore diet … Continue reading Carnivore diet side effects: Increased coronary artery calcium
You've likely heard of your microbiome, but have you heard of your virome? Your virome is the suite of viruses living in your body. And just like bacteria and fungi, they play a role in your health. A small number of them come from the viruses that infected you throughout your life. But most of … Continue reading The virome: How viruses shape your gut health
One approach people with gut problems often look into is low oxalate foods. Many believe oxalates are toxic to humans, and it's best to remove them from your diet as much as possible. The problem is, this is an entirely too myopic view of oxalates and how we are exposed to them. Furthermore, it doesn't … Continue reading Are low oxalate foods best for your health?
Many people take to low-oxalate diets to improve mysterious health issues without considering if oxalates are bad for you. They read on the internet that they are, so why dig into it any further? The problem is, the answer isn't exactly straightforward. Calcium and oxalate form stones in the kidneys, and are the most common … Continue reading Are oxalates bad for you: A look at the data
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
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
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
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?
Are you looking for the benefits of fermented food to see if you want to add them to your diet? Would it be better to increase fiber intake instead? Well, you're in luck, a paper published last year looked at this very topic. Unfortunately, you often won't get the full picture of a study from … Continue reading Benefits of fermented food vs high fiber: The FeFiFo study