Systemic inflammation describes a chronic state of mostly sterile inflammation. In other words, it describes a steady-state of inflammation with no immediate infectious cause. Different factors drive this state of chronic inflammation. For one, it increases with age. Furthermore, lifestyle plays a very important role, with obesity and behaviors that drive it increasing it as … Continue reading Systemic inflammation drives the severe response to infection
A strong immune system is important for protecting you against a range of pathogens from viruses to fungi to bacteria. In addition, it helps keep you healthy and robust as you grow older. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage on. As the more virulent variants keep the pandemic fire smoldering, now is an opportune … Continue reading Want a strong immune system? This is where you start!
A CGM, or continuous glucose monitor, is a device commonly used for Type 1 and Type 2 diabetics. They use it to manage their blood glucose in real time. CGM provides a continuous readout of how blood glucose changes over time. The best part is you use it without the hassle of drawing blood with … Continue reading Is a CGM useful for a healthy user?
Muscle loss is a tremendous problem as we age. This process, known as sarcopenia, starts at around age 30 and proceeds at a rate of around 3-5% of your muscle mass every decade. There is no way around this, it will hit us all. And, unfortunately, it plays a major role in our eventual demise. … Continue reading How an unhealthy gut causes muscle loss
Going outside is something most of us take for granted. We don't really think of going outside as something that can impact our health. But there's no doubt that it's something our ancestors did for eons up until recently. This isn't to say that people don't go outside every day. With few exceptions, everyone goes … Continue reading Is going outside essential to optimal health?
Do you avoid gluten despite not having an issue with it? Gluten avoidance is a hot topic, and many people assume that humans shouldn't consume foods with gluten. But is there a good reason for this? Furthermore, are there drawbacks to avoiding gluten? Before we get there, what is gluten and why do people say … Continue reading Should everyone avoid gluten?
Fixing leaky gut is no straight-forward problem. It's not like you have a hole in your tire that you simply need to patch. It's more like you have a hole in the bottom of your boat and you're 5 miles offshore. Consequently, you're screwed. Your gut isn't just a tube that gets holes in it. … Continue reading Fixing leaky gut: What you need to know!
Probiotic foods have a long history of improving health. Most of their effects are attributed to improving the digestive system. But there are other beneficial effects to eating probiotic foods. They can help correct things like: High blood pressureInsulin resistanceChronic inflammationHigh oxidative stressAutonomic imbalance Most of these problems will haunt you at some point in … Continue reading Probiotic foods: Why they’re better than supplements
Male infertility due to low or abnormal sperm production is becoming increasingly more prevalent. Infertility in general has increased over the years, with 7% couples unable to have children unassisted. In 40-50% of these cases, this is due to male infertility. Many factors contribute to male fertility including: GeneticsDrugs or alcoholStrenuous bicycle or horseback ridingObesity … Continue reading Male infertility? Try fixing your leaky gut
"It's all in your head." "There's nothing wrong with you." "All tests come back negative." If you're someone battling a chronic illness, statements like these from your healthcare provider likely cut at you like a finely sharpened razor. Then, of course, come the subtle remarks from your friends and family. It's not that they don't … Continue reading Stopping the cycle of chronic disease