A new review published in the May 2017 edition of Frontiers in Nutrition analyzed the evidence to date that flavanols (found in dark chocolate and cocoa, among other foods) may benefit human brain function. Flavanols are a form of flavonoids, plant-based substances that have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. Here’s a sample of the findings: Short-term consumption may be helpful. … Continue reading Flavanols, Chocolate and Your Brain
A new concept in the microbiome space, fermented human milk sugars: Human milk sugars, which can be cultured through yeast fermentation–in a similar process to making biofuel or brewing beer–seemed like a good fit. In breastfed infants, the human milk sugars help build up bifidobacterium in the gut, one of a few bacteria that can … Continue reading A “Human Milk Sugar Fermentate”
From Harvard Medical School's Health Blog: ...interest in probiotic supplements is on the rise. Some digestive disease specialists are recommending them for disorders that frustrate conventional medicine, such as irritable bowel syndrome. Since the mid-1990s, clinical studies suggest that probiotic therapy can help treat several gastrointestinal ills, delay the development of allergies in children, and … Continue reading “Self-Dosing with Bacteria”
Excerpt: The team found that babies who took this concoction had a significantly lower risk of developing sepsis—a life-threatening condition where infections trigger body-wide inflammation, restricted blood flow, and organ failure. Sepsis is one of the biggest killers of newborn babies, ending around 600,000 lives every year when they’ve barely begun. Some proportion of these … Continue reading The Latest Big Trial in Probiotics
Byte Sized Summary: A "microbial preparation". Read more for context. If there were an abstract for a clinical study that read like a movie teaser, it might read like the following: The gastrointestinal (GI) tract of a fetus in utero is sterile but it becomes colonized with environmental microorganisms shortly after birth. Since the gut … Continue reading What is a probiotic?
If you've heard the name but still are curious here is podcast to chew on.Starting paleo can feel pretty daunting, but I promise you that it gets easier and easier over time!That is from the Paleo OMG blog, here is a link to their iTunes podcast
Byte Sized Summary: Increasing sleeping time helped basketball players run faster, shoot better, feel energized, less tired, and reported overall increased well being. Total objective nightly sleep time increased during sleep extension compared to baseline by 110.9 ± 79.7 min (P < 0.001). Subjects demonstrated a faster timed sprint following sleep extension (16.2 ± 0.61 … Continue reading Sleeping Longer Boosts Basketball Players’ Speed, Accuracy and Performance
Researchers followed 200,000 adults over two decades and found that those who adhered to a plant-based diet rich in healthy foods, such as whole grains, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and legumes, had a substantially lower risk of heart disease than people whose diet typically included less healthy foods like refined grains and sugar-sweetened beverages. The study also found … Continue reading Plant-Based Diets Can Have Risks Too
Steps in the GAPS Diet: Stage 1: Consume homemade bone broth, juices from probiotic foods and ginger, and drink mint or chamomile tea with honey between meals. People who are not dairy intolerant may eat unpasteurized, homemade yogurt or kefir. Stage 2: Add in raw organic egg yolks, ghee and stews made with vegetables … Continue reading Steps in the GAPS Diet
In the sixth century B.C., the story goes, the Olympic wrestler Milo of Croton trained by carrying a bull on his shoulders as it grew from a calf into a full-sized adult. That is from learning to squat in the New Yorker Link here.