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  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 3 Revolutionary Cancer Research Breakthroughs

    3 Revolutionary Cancer Research Breakthroughs

    The war against cancer is waging stronger than ever before as the race towards finding alternative treatments and hopefully a cure has become a lot more aggressive. Cancer research is moving faster than ever thanks to the diligent efforts of scientists and medical experts across the globe. As a result, cancer research breakthroughs are occurring at a rapid pace. Although...
  6. 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...
  7. 3 Surprising Roadblocks Standing Between You and a Healthy Heart

    3 Surprising Roadblocks Standing Between You and a Healthy Heart

    Despite a widespread obsession with health, the incidence of heart disease is steadily rising in the United States. Many people are eating healthier, exercising more and otherwise trying to maintain a healthy heart. However, there are three surprising things that may be holding you back. 1. Your Cold and Flu Medicine Most of us think nothing of reaching for their...
  8. 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...
  9. Increasing Prebiotics in Your Diet Improves Digestive Health, Sleep and More

    Increasing Prebiotics in Your Diet Improves Digestive Health, Sleep and More

    Confused about the difference between probiotics and prebiotics and how they work together? Here, we will take a brief look at what probiotics and prebiotics are, break down the differences between these important digestive helpers and learn how increasing the prebiotics in your diet not only improves digestion but also supports immune function, promotes sleep, lowers stress and provides many...
  10. 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...

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