Candida is a genus of yeast responsible for the majority of fungal infections in humans. Many species of the yeast are normal inhabitants of a healthy human GI tract, acting as commensal organisms. Unfortunately, under the proper conditions, many are opportunistic pathogens. Typically our immune system keeps Candida in check. It actually exists in 2 … Continue reading Conquering Candida: It takes a lot more than diet
POTS syndrome, or Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome(POTS), is a condition where someone experiences a large elevation in heart rate when they stand up. Typically, their heart rate jumps more than 30 bpm, or above 120bpm. Symptoms of the condition include: Brain fogFeeling dizzy or faint when standingNauseaAbdominal painExcessive sweatingMigraines/headachesBlurry visionChronic painSleep problems POTS syndrome is … Continue reading POTS syndrome and gut problems
Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS) is a condition where a person's heart rate elevates rapidly when going from seated to standing. POTS occurs because blood vessels don't tighten rapidly enough when you stand quickly. It's a form of autonomic dysfunction that causes blood to pool in the legs and the brain receives inadequate blood flow. … Continue reading Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome bites the dust!
The keto diet has recently become popular among people looking to improve their gut health. But there aren't many studies looking at the safety of doing the diet long term. There are many anecdotes on the web detailing how a keto diet has benefited people with gut problems. Many who see benefit credit either decreased … Continue reading How the keto diet improves 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?
What causes gallstones? This question has plagued the more than 20 million people who have or will have gallstones. Gallstones are hardened crystals that form in the gallbladder or bile ducts. They contain cholesterol, bilirubin, or a combination of the 2 along with other components. Gallstones are extremely painful and often require removal of the … Continue reading What causes gallstones? Immune cells set a trap
Improper exposure to blue light is becoming more of a concern as artificial sources of light become more common. LED lighting is growing in popularity as it creates greater lighting at a much lower energy cost. We perceive this as light that is more blue. Exposing yourself to light at improper times of day disrupts … Continue reading Does blue Light disrupt the skin circadian clock
Bilirubin is commonly thought of as a toxic substance in the blood that gives children with jaundice their yellow color. But, times are a changing and now bilirubin is a powerful antioxidant. Funny how that happens. Check out the details in a blog I did on it almost 3 years ago. Well, a new study … Continue reading Bilirubin protects the brain against oxidative stress
Research shows that rye bread is much easier on our blood sugar than plain old white or wheat bread. And now, a new study shows how consuming rye bread may do this. Many attribute the better blood sugar response from rye bread to a higher amount of soluble fiber. But this new study indicates that … Continue reading Rye bread promotes a healthy microbiome
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