Blast from the Past
Probiotics have been a hot research topic over the past few years, and it seems like every week a new study is published that demonstrates the powerful effects of probiotics that extend far beyond simple improvements in digestion.
For example, a study of certain probiotic strains has shown promise for treating the symptoms of celiac disease, and a second study explores the evidence that gut microbes may play a role in the development of celiac disease. And another new study suggests a treatment for autism may one day come in the form of live, friendly probiotic bacteria. These are just a few of the most recent papers to be published on the topic of probiotics and their potential therapeutic benefits.
Last year I wrote an article explaining five other uses for probiotics that go beyond gut health. Specific strains of probiotics have been shown to have a beneficial impact on issues such as depression, nasal congestion, oral health, and acne, just to name a few. As time goes on I believe we’ll discover even more therapeutic uses for beneficial bacteria that can be used in the clinical treatment of a wide variety of diseases.
- Saturated fat intake is not associated with an increased risk for heart attack even in those with established heart disease.
- This article reviews the state of the literature on vegetarian diets and athletic performance and more.
- One 30-minute session of vigorous exercise leads to changes in the brain making it more “plastic.”
- A new study reveals saturated fats aren’t the cause of increased fatty acid in the blood.
- A new study’s findings indicate that host genetics influence the composition of the human gut microbiome.
- NIH researchers uncovered links between poor sleep and health issues from obesity to cardiovascular disease.
- Preteens who spent five days camping with no screen time became better at recognizing emotions in other faces.
- Scientists have identified an important factor for how stress processes work in the brain.
- Fruit juice may be a gateway drink for infants who later become obese.
Worth a Look
- How do you spend your energy? If you don’t prioritize your life, someone else will.
- Sometimes we experience moments of intense stress. Learn three do’s and don’ts for handling stress in those tough situations.
- The search is on for alternatives to antibiotics. Learn why.
- Mark Sisson was a guest on Dr. Oz, where he discussed how diet can affect chronic pain.
- Turns out a nightcap may not really aid sleep at all—it could be reducing sleep quality.
- When health-related headlines are sensationalized or alarmist, who’s to blame? The answer may surprise you.
- Having positive experiences and a fulfilling life may help prevent mental illness. This article shares tips to help build mental wellbeing.
- Are you walking enough during the day? Find seven tips to add more movement to your work day.
For the Foodies
- Bare Root Girl: Bacon-Wrapped Dates Stuffed with Almonds and Rosemary
- Healing and Eating: Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup
- Phoenix Helix: Rosemary & Shallot Roasted Butternut Squash
- Stinky Kitchen: Gluten-Free Green Bean Casserole
- Gourmande in the Kitchen: Roasted Chestnuts with Sage Browned Butter
- I Breathe I’m Hungry: Zucchini and Sweet potato latkes
- Plaid & Paleo: Pomegranate Balsamic Brussels Sprouts
- VA Is For Hunter Gatherers: Cider-Stewed Mashed Sweet Potatoes
- Everyday Maven: Spiced Maple glazed ham
- The Domestic Man: Seasoned London Broil
- Fermented Food Lab: Probiotic Holiday Relish
- Healthy Nibbles And Bits: Slow cooker applesauce
- Against All Grain: Cranberry Chocolate Gingerbread Cake
- On Sable Hill: Soft and Spicy Ginger Cookies
- Great Food Lifestyle: Cran-Orange Paleo Macaroons
- Cook Eat Paleo: Peppermint Hot Chocolate
- The Healthy Foodie: Quick and Easy Dairy Free Eggnog