How can we age well? We all want to do it, and we've all seen how aging can go sideways for many people. Many of us see our parents aging, and the inevitable decline that we all face. Fortunately, we have a ton of research at our disposal that our parents and grandparents never had. … Continue reading How to age well: The role of the microbiome
FODMAPs stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides, And Polyols. They are short chain carbohydrates that undergo rapid fermentation in the gut. They are a common cause of gastrointestinal problems such as abdominal pain, gas/bloating, diarrhea, and even cause symptoms elsewhere in the body. This may be due to their ability to increase histamine in the … Continue reading FODMAPs 101: What they are and why they are a problem
Mast cell activation syndrome treatment currently centers around the use of anti-histamines and mast cell stabilizers. Mast cells are immune cells found in connective tissues in your body. Organs and tissues exposed to the external environment such as the gut have the highest density of mast cells. Activation of mast cells causes the release of … Continue reading Mast cell activation syndrome treatment: What’s the best diet?
There are many health benefits of polyphenols based on the research we have today. The literature points to several beneficial effects on common diseases such as: CancerNeurodegenerative diseaseCardiovascular diseaseType 2 diabetesObesity Data also supports the idea that polyphenols have a beneficial effect on gut health. Subsequently, the gut health benefits of polyphenols seem to center … Continue reading Health benefits of polyphenols: A focus on the gut
You may have heard about the good bacteria in your gut that promote health. But are you aware that there are a few keystone species doing most of the work? In biology, a keystone species is one that plays a key role in defining an ecosystem. Their presence plays a disproportionately large role in regulating … Continue reading Keystone species: Meet the good bacteria shaping 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
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?
Healing leaky gut is a problem many with gut problems hope to solve. Unfortunately, most people have a skewed perspective on what leaky gut is. Many think leaky gut is a syndrome that happens to someone. Consequently, in this paradigm, you need a cure. But in many instances, leaky gut is simply a symptom of … Continue reading Healing leaky gut: The power of weight loss
Approximately 25 million Americans suffer from an autoimmune disease. There are more than 80 different autoimmune conditions, which include IBD, rhematoid arthritis, Hashimoto's thyroiditis, and more. These conditions can affect a specific organ as is the case with the pancreas in type 1 diabetes. On the other hand, it can be systemic as it is … Continue reading Autoimmune disease videos: All things autoimmune