Articles in: Probiotics & Microbiology

In recent years, research on the topic of microbiology has moved along at an incredible rate, revealing that most every function in the human body relies on the diversity and richness of its beneficial microbes. Such research has taken our understanding of the benefits of probiotics to the next level, suggesting that the business of feeding our good bugs not only affects our digestion, but determines the health of our mood, memory, and countless other processes, among other fascinating discoveries. Read more about Dr. John’s angle on good microbes, probiotics and the Ayurvedic connection in this article category.

To Graze Or Not To Graze? It’s Not Really A Question.

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Average Reading Time: 2 minutes, 29 seconds According to ancient Ayurveda, eating is best done during daylight hours. Interestingly, science is now suggesting that the most common eating pattern in modern society – 3 meals plus snacks every day – is abnormal from an evolutionary standpoint. (2) There is an old saying that goes, “When […]

Pass The Yogurt, Please.

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Average Reading Time: 1 minute and 49 seconds Did you know that winter is the season for fermented foods? Historically, fermenting foods was a way to preserve foods like milk and veggies for a long, cold winter. Ayurvedically, a meal would not be complete without a dollop of curd or yogurt to balance a meal. […]

Tea for your Psychic Bugs: A Slippery Elm Prebiotic Tea Formula

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Average Reading Time: 6 minutes and 52 seconds The relationship between the microbes in the gut and one’s mental and emotional state of mind is called the gut-brain axis. New studies suggest that both good and bad intestinal bugs can play a major role in the function of digestion, the central nervous system (CNS), the […]

Top 10 Health Perks of Optimism

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Average Reading Time: 4 minutes and 12 seconds Throughout history, folklore has always suggested a strong link between joyfulness and health and longevity. The bible said, “…the joyfulness of man prolongeth his days” (Ecclesiasticus 30:22). Shakespeare seemed to agree when he said, “Mirth and merriment bars a thousand harms and lengthens life.” Today, the evidence […]

The Power-Packed Research Behind Ginger

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Average Reading Time: 1 minute and 57 seconds As a rhizome or surface root, ginger offers us a wealth of nutritional benefits. While ginger’s deeper roots help sustain the plant, us mammals dig up this amazing herbal medicine and food. Ginger is spicy and pungent, and good for all seasons and body types. While ginger […]

Eat Nature’s Harvest. Change Your Microbiome. Your Health Depends On It.

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Average Reading Time: 4 minutes and 28 seconds In nature, the diet of herbivores in the wild changes dramatically from season to season and, as if like a symphony, the microbes needed to digest each seasons harvest thrive with each seasonal shift. Seasonal microbes flourish on queue to digest the woody, branches and barks of […]

1000 Reasons to Avoid Herbal Extracts

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Average Reading Time: 2 minutes and 31 seconds When shopping for herbal supplements, few people realize the differences that exist from one brand to the next. There is new evidence that provides deep insight into the differences between herbal extracts and an unprocessed, naturally dried product. In fact, while extracts have been considered a more […]

Did You Break Up With Bread? Make Up Now

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Average Reading Time: 1 minute and 49 seconds New research has discovered that certain strains of gut microbes are able to break down gluten in the gut. (1) So if you are otherwise healthy and are not a Celiac sufferer, researchers suggest you should be able to digest some gluten with the help of a […]

Five Spices to Rock your Digestive World

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Average Reading Time: 5 minutes and 4 seconds According to a recent survey as reported by Fox News, a whopping 74% of Americans are living with digestive discomfort. The common symptoms are gas, bloating, indigestion, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. (1) While these symptoms can be due to minor imbalances, they may be an indication of […]

Gut Revival Is Back

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Average Reading Time: 2 minutes and 41 seconds Perhaps the biggest obstacle to optimal health resides in the ability to restore the balance of good and bad microbes in the gut. Many researchers believe that the microbes in the gut are quite territorial, meaning they do not like newcomers; once the bad guys take over […]