Probiotic foods: Why they’re better than supplements

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? Try fixing your leaky gut

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

Does chronic inflammation cause cardiovascular disease? Absolutely not!

Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for approximately 801,000 deaths annually.  Even more shocking, it's estimated that nearly 92.1 million Americans are currently living with some form of cardiovascular disease. Cardiovascular disease progresses as plaques build up in blood vessel walls, impairing blood circulation.  This process can cause … Continue reading Does chronic inflammation cause cardiovascular disease? Absolutely not!

Further evidence the gut may be involved in Parkinson’s disease

A number of studies have linked Parkinson's disease with issues arising in the gut.  While we don't know the direction of causality, if the gut changes the brain or vice versa, a small amount of evidence indicates that the changes may be initiated in the gut. A study published yesterday indicates that one of the … Continue reading Further evidence the gut may be involved in Parkinson’s disease

Could sealing the blood brain barrier and gut really be this easy?

A study I posted recently on the Facebook page generated a decent discussion on how traumatic brain injury promotes a leaky gut.  The interesting take-home message from the study is that one long term symptom of traumatic brain injury(TBI) is "leaky gut". The theoretical trek from there is that endotoxin can then cross the gut … Continue reading Could sealing the blood brain barrier and gut really be this easy?

This process is key to regulating gut inflammation

For those people dealing with gut problems, every day is an adventure.  Fortunately, there are a number of dietary approaches that can help a great deal with symptom management. Whether you're talking about the Specific Carbohydrate diet(SCD Diet), low FODMAP diet, or the GAPS diet, many people can do things they weren't previously able to … Continue reading This process is key to regulating gut inflammation

The hidden source of gut inflammation nobody is talking about…

For people with disorders of the gut, inflammation is a buzzword thrown about as much as the name Tom Brady is thrown about for football fans in New England.  This is for good reason, chronic inflammation can cause some pretty nasty problems in any tissue you find it, especially the gut. However, for most people, … Continue reading The hidden source of gut inflammation nobody is talking about…

The ultimate guide to understanding detoxification

Your body is in a constant battle with the environment and other organisms that coexist in that environment.  Many people are familiar with the way the immune system deals with foreign microorganisms, but another equally important process is the removal of toxins.  Detoxification is a $154 word but a process that few people fully understand.  … Continue reading The ultimate guide to understanding detoxification