Human Microbiome News

Human Microbiome News

Scientific American has published New Insights into the Human Microbiome . Of the half-dBguyozen microbiome articles in the journal, two studies stand out as being among the largest ever conducted on the gut microbes that inhabit healthy people’s large intestines and help with digestion and various immune processes—among other things. . . . . .researchers identified 14 different microbial genera that form the core microbiomes […]

Coconut Water

Coconut Water

In Wyoming, it comes like this: You can get it that way here too. But in Florida, there’s another option. Green coconuts! They’re quite a bit heavier than the canned stuff. But, with a machete, they can be opened just as fast. Unfortunately I don’t own one. But that doesn’t deter an old Wyoming cowboy with a big kitchen knife. A little hacking and the […]

Probiotics and Stress

Probiotics and Stress

Here’s a great Radiolab episode on digestion.If you have time, it’s worth listening to the entire episode. But if time is short, the probiotic section starts at 17:30. Enjoy! -dBguy

Gut Bacteria and Metabolism

Gut Bacteria and Metabolism

New information from Science Friday: In a new study, researchers were able to make mice lean or obese by altering their gut bacteria. Jeffrey Gordon, an author of the study, discusses how the interaction between diet and the microbial community in our gut influences our health. Check it out this. And keep feeding your gut bacteria the right stuff. -dBguy

Kombucha Withdrawl

Kombucha Withdrawl

The Idea Through a series of inadvertent circumstances, I failed to ferment more kombucha and ran out. Days without kombucha turned into weeks. And weeks turned into more than a month before I got serious and starting brewing another batch. most of my pre-kombucha symptoms gradually returned once drinking kombucha it took a month to get back almost to normal remnants of some symptoms, previously […]

Wild Fermentation

Wild Fermentation

Want to incorporate more probiotic food in your diet? Want to make your own? WildFermentation is a great place to start.   Fermentation makes foods more nutritious, as well as delicious. Microscopic organisms – our ancestors and allies – transform food and extend its usefulness. Fermentation is found throughout human cultures. Hundreds of medical and scientific studies confirm what folklore has always known: Fermented foods help […]

Meet your Microbes

Meet your Microbes

Field Guides “What we need is a full field guide to the microbes that live in and on people, so that we can understand what they’re doing to our lives. We are them; they are us.” (Jonathan Eisen) There’s work going on to define the microbial makeup inside us. It’s a great start. But only just the beginning. It would be interesting to see a field […]

Probiotics vs Antibiotics

Probiotics vs Antibiotics

Another interest post about probiotics from Radiolab.   Before Probiotics My first encounter with probiotics occurred 40 years ago. Back then, I knew nothing of the term. My landlord had a serious medical problem: his tongue had quickly become swollen and extended it turned a dark black color and was painful He couldn’t eat, barely drink through a straw, or breath through his mouth. There […]

Probiotics for the Nose

Probiotics for the Nose

Science Friday does it again. Reporting in Science Translational Medicine, researchers write that healthy sinuses are populated by a diverse population of bacteria, including Lactobacillus species. Study author Susan Lynch discusses whether a microbial spray might be a good cure for the sniffles. This Microbes Benefit More Than Just the Gut podcast is an interesting listen. It should gives anyone wanting to live well something […]

Chilling Out with Probiotics

Chilling Out with Probiotics

More probiotic news from Science Friday: Probiotic Bacteria Chill Out Anxious Mice Reporting in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers write of reducing anxiety and stress in mice by feeding them a probiotic-laced broth. Study author John Cryan discusses how the gut influences the brain, and whether the same might hold true in humans. And I’m sure I’ve experienced much the same with […]

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