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  1. Discovered: How the Immune System Promotes Friendly Gut Bacteria

    Discovered: How the Immune System Promotes Friendly Gut Bacteria

    Scientists from Japan's RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Science and Kyoto University have uncovered how our guts secrete antibodies that promote good bacteria to flourish. According to their research, the immunoglobulin A (IgA) antibodies secreted in the gut alter gene expression in bacteria, which allows different species of bacteria to work with each other to form a bacterial community that...
  2. B12 Deficiency: Are You in Danger?

    B12 Deficiency: Are You in Danger?

    Vitamin B12, a part of the essential B-complex, is necessary for our bodies to create and repair DNA, red blood cells and nerves, as well as a whole host of other functions. New research out of Ireland illuminates the worrying magnitude of vitamin B12 deficiency among older populations. Over the Age of 50? You’re More at Risk for B12 Deficiency...
  3. Research on Gut Bacteria Uncovers New Heart Health, Immune System Benefits

    Research on Gut Bacteria Uncovers New Heart Health, Immune System Benefits

    Over the past decade, research on gut bacteria has exponentially increased our understanding of how our gut affects us as a whole. So, what exactly is the gut microbiome, how does it form and what is the link to immune response and heart health? What is the Microbiome? Each one of us possesses a complex and completely unique ecosystem of...
  4. Gut Bacteria and Autoimmune Disease Linked

    Gut Bacteria and Autoimmune Disease Linked

    Rates of autoimmune diseases are increasing in the developed world. These diseases, which include diverse illnesses such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis and Crohn's disease, can be devastating to one's health, even causing lifelong disability or death. There are many theories about why these illnesses are increasing in prevalence. According to several new studies on gut bacteria and autoimmune...
  5. New Study Discovers Gut Bacteria Protect Against Sepsis and Other Serious Infections

    New Study Discovers Gut Bacteria Protect Against Sepsis and Other Serious Infections

    There have been numerous studies linking gut bacteria and human health. The modern Western diet and wide availability of antibiotics have changed the number and variety of bacteria that live in our gastrointestinal tract, which appears to have poor overall health effects. Surprisingly, even our immune systems are affected by this global shift in gut flora. According to a new...
  6. Proven: Diet and Gut Bacteria Affect Cancer Risk

    Proven: Diet and Gut Bacteria Affect Cancer Risk

    Every moment, there are trillions of microorganisms residing in your digestive system. Some of these species of bacteria are beneficial, while others are harmful. Though one of their main functions is to help you digest food, in the past few years scientific research has revealed that gut bacteria impacts many aspects of health, including your metabolism and immune system. For...
  7. The "Man Flu" Myth: Do Men Really Get Sicker Than Women?

    The "Man Flu" Myth: Do Men Really Get Sicker Than Women?

    In general, men are often perceived as being the physically stronger (and thus possibly healthier) gender. However, their response to infectious illness appears to be an exception to the rule. Many people over time have noted that men subjectively report worse symptoms from colds, cases of the flu and other illnesses. The same illness that most women will work through...
  8. Gut Flora Influence Allergies and Immune System Health

    Gut Flora Influence Allergies and Immune System Health

    Have you ever talked about having a "gut feeling" about something? Your gut, particularly the bacteria that live there, may be more important to your health than most people realize. A lot has been written lately about probiotics and their impact on health. A surprising range of diseases, from depression to certain types of cancer, have been linked to imbalances...
  9. Phytoestrogens for Men Support Healthy Hormones, Prostate, Heart and More

    Phytoestrogens for Men Support Healthy Hormones, Prostate, Heart and More

    Phytoestrogens for men? According to numerous scientists and medical professionals, phytoestrogens—plant compounds that mimic the female hormone estrogen in the body—may play an important role in men’s health. This article describes phytoestrogens, the benefits men might reap from incorporating them into their health regiment and attempts to dispel misconceptions about certain side effects men might experience resulting from exposure to phytoestrogens...
  10. Gut Bacteria Found to Influence Diet, Reproductive Success and More

    Gut Bacteria Found to Influence Diet, Reproductive Success and More

    A growing body of research suggests that bacteria in the gut influence overall human health. While past research has indicated that trillions of bacteria thriving in the human digestive tract can affect everything from immune system function and nutrition to mood, two new studies have found that gut bacteria influence diet as well as reproductive success in fruit flies. These...

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