Lentils, black beans, broccoli, mango, raspberries— slivers of the fibrous firmament—taste better than chips or fries and work for us instead of against. A high-fiber diet helps prevent a litany of diseases including cancer, heart disease, diabetes and obesity. Scientists have teased out many … [Read more...] about Fiber Gives Microbes Much to Chew On
Baby, we were born to run. Despite that innate need to move, few of us do enough exercise for optimum health. Even our microbes will vary depending on movement. For example, endurance athletes harbor different microbes than sedentary people. A new study from the University of Illinois at … [Read more...] about Exercise Improves Microbe Mix in Lean People
Imagine a virus that most people harbor at some point in their lives, usually unaware of it because our fine-tuned immune systems clear them, yet for an unlucky number--usually women—it can be a death sentence. The pathogen is called human papillomavirus (HPV), the main cause of cervical … [Read more...] about Can Probiotics Clear Human Papillomavirus?
Progress is not always pretty. Polluted air, water and soil are part of the price tag on fast cars, potent drugs and cheap beef. Health can suffer. Faced with environmental toxins, our bodies secrete cytokines which induce multiple responses played out in the lungs, airways and immune system. … [Read more...] about As Asthma Rates Rise, So Does Interest in Microbes
Caused by a little understood blend of genetic and environmental factors, autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are increasingly being linked to the microbiome. For one, some children with ASD have different gut microbes than healthy controls. And research has found that the gut microbiome and its … [Read more...] about Autism and Microbiome Links
There may not be an “x” in eczema, but extreme itching and inflammation spell out this painful disease most common in infants and children. Quick review: Eczema is an allergic response to foreign substances, often food; it falls under the medical umbrella of atopic dermatitis, along with asthma. … [Read more...] about Preventing Eczema by Changing Your Microbes