Your digestive system is a critical component of your overall health. It consists of 3 components: Your digestive tract, the hollow tube that runs from your mouth to your anusAccessory organs/glands such as the pancreas and gallbladder The microbiome, which essentially functions as an extra organ with a completely different genome https://biologydictionary.net/digestive-system/ The traditional view … Continue reading Why you need routine for a healthy digestive system
Maintaining normal blood sugar levels is an important component of health. In both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, the ability to control blood glucose goes out the window. In these conditions, it's an impairment of insulin secretion or insulin sensitivity. But this is a rather myopic view of blood glucose regulation. There's another important … Continue reading Normal blood sugar begins in the gut
Candida albicans(C. albicans) is an interesting component of the human microbiome. Most of us have it, it normally lives in harmony with us, but it becomes problematic in some people. C. albicans is the most common cause of human fungal infection. It's dimorphic, meaning it exists as both a yeast and a fungus depending on … Continue reading Eliminating Candida albicans from the gut is a BAD idea
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?
A healthy gut microbiome may be key to living a long, healthy life. A recent review covered what we know to date, and another paper identified the microbiome as an effective clock to measure aging. While not as accurate as the epigenetic clocks, it still had reasonable accuracy. Using deep learning, they were able to … Continue reading Keys to a healthy gut microbiome
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!
We get a number of requests to post a "healthy gut diet", which is impossible to do. The primary issue is that we're all different. Thus, what's best for your gut depends on several factors: Are you trying to fix a problem or optimize an already healthy gut?GeneticsFood allergies & intolerancesActivity levelsSleepWorking day vs night … Continue reading Healthy gut diet: Foods you should eat for optimal gut health
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?
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
If you're like me, you can't get enough of your learn-on about gut health. From time to time, I kinda get bored of reading research articles and enjoy a little fluff. So I was pleasantly surprised to come upon this 2 part series on gut health from Catalyst, an Australian investigative science television series … Continue reading Great 2-part documentary on gut health