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  1. New Research Confirms Probiotics Protect the Liver

    New Research Confirms Probiotics Protect the Liver

    You may be aware that your body is exposed to bacteria every time you eat something, but what you may not know is that your digestive system relies on some of that bacteria to function. The "good" bacteria that you ingest helps to form the gut microbiome in your gastrointestinal tract. This system relies on a continued supply of bacteria...
  2. Can Chili Pepper Compound Capsaicin Curb Cancer?

    Can Chili Pepper Compound Capsaicin Curb Cancer?

    Capsaicin is the compound in chili peppers that give them their spicy kick, but ongoing research has found that it does even more than that. A new study confirms capsaicin slows cancer, backing up previous research indicating that this spicy compound may hold the key to more successful treatments. Specifically, researchers found that the compound has a powerful effect on...
  3. New Gut Bacteria Research Finds Link Between Gut Health, Stroke and Cancer

    New Gut Bacteria Research Finds Link Between Gut Health, Stroke and Cancer

    The gut microbiome is filled with bacteria and other microbes that assist in the digestion of the foods we eat. While there are some bacteria that are harmful to us, many of the bacteria in our digestive tract are beneficial, helping to withdraw nutrients and vitamins from our foods through the digestion process. In addition, these bacteria help to boost...
  4. Discovered: Gut Bacteria Use Vitamin A to Regulate the Immune System

    Discovered: Gut Bacteria Use Vitamin A to Regulate the Immune System

    The immune system is a complex defense system our bodies employ to protect us from germs and other foreign invaders in the environment. Our immune system is triggered by antigens, which are foreign proteins found on cells. Once an antigen is detected, our white blood cells produce the antibodies specifically engineered to attack and destroy that particular antigen. As this...
  5. Gut Bacteria and Immune System Function Fundamentally Linked

    Gut Bacteria and Immune System Function Fundamentally Linked

    Each year, the research supporting the importance of maintaining a healthy balance of gut bacteria for good overall health grows. However, many of the previously known health effects of a healthy microbiome involved the digestive system. Could your gut bacteria also affect how well your immune system protects against infection and even prevent autoimmune disease? New research suggests that gut...
  6. Spring Detox: Recharge, Revitalize and Replenish for Ultimate Energy and Health

    Spring Detox: Recharge, Revitalize and Replenish for Ultimate Energy and Health

    Although some regions are still in the icy grips of winter, the days are slowly getting longer, signaling the start of a bright new season. Traditionally, spring is a time of new beginnings. Whether you are going strong on your New Year's resolutions or adjusting your habits for other reasons this season, a spring detox can help you shed unwanted...
  7. The Unlikely Connection Between Gut Bacteria and Mental Disorders

    The Unlikely Connection Between Gut Bacteria and Mental Disorders

    Could mental disorders like dementia be connected to gut bacteria? This seemingly unlikely correlation may not be so far-fetched: New research suggests that an imbalance of healthy gut bacteria could be one of the possible causes of dementia, a mental condition that primarily affects the elderly. Gut Bacteria and Dementia Defined The gut's microbiome is made up of trillions of...
  8. Negative Effects of Antibiotics Target Bones, Immune System and Brain

    Negative Effects of Antibiotics Target Bones, Immune System and Brain

    Since their development in the 1940s, antibiotics have been the medical go-to for eradicating and counteracting the effects of bacterial infections. In fact, at one time antibiotics were even viewed as something of a miracle drug that would possibly bring an end to all infection worldwide. Unfortunately, that hasn't been the case; although after nearly 80 years doctors frequently prescribe antibiotics to...
  9. Red Meat Boosts Heart Disease Risk Via Influence on Gut Bacteria

    Red Meat Boosts Heart Disease Risk Via Influence on Gut Bacteria

    Consuming large quantities of red meat has long been thought to have a negative impact on heart health. In the past, it was assumed this correlation was due to higher levels of saturated fats or cholesterol present in red meat, as opposed to other meats like chicken or fish. Now, a new study reveals that red meat boosts heart disease...
  10. Manipulating the Human Microbiome to Protect Against Flu

    Manipulating the Human Microbiome to Protect Against Flu

    The last few years have brought a flood of new knowledge about the role of gut bacteria in whole-body health. However, the gut is not the only area of our body in which a healthy balance of bacteria can make a measurable difference in wellness. We now know that a diverse and healthy microbiome can be a benefit not just...

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