Archive for August, 2013

Caring for Your Microbiome

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We are, it turns outs, as much moving microbiomes as we are human. A microbiome is any collection of microorganisms which live in a particular environmental location — in this case, our bodies. The average human contains ten times more microbial cells than actual human cells.

For some people, the thought that we’re essentially walking microbe-homes makes them run to the shower to scrub their skin raw.… Read more

Boosting Digestion with Fiber

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Fiber is a vital part of a healthy diet, aiding in digestion and normalizing transit time, or the passage of food through the digestive system. It sounds contradictory, but adequate fiber relieves both constipation and diarrhea. Fiber provides indigestible bulk and soaks up liquid to promote healthy bowels. It is very important to eat fermentable fiber foods.… Read more

Fat in the liver without alcohol

What we continue to learn about the bacterial function in the lower gut exceeds anything we could ever imagine. With the epidemic of obesity, we are now seeing a huge increase in a condition called Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver. It is pretty much similar to the fatty liver we see in people who drank too much which is a known fore-runner to cirrhosis of the liver.… Read more