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.

How Your Circadian Rhythms Impact Your Microbes

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Average Reading Time: 3 minutes and 39 seconds Circadian rhythms are the light and dark cycles that are as old as the very first life forms on Earth, according to a new study. (1) All life, so it seems, had to be intimately connected to the cycles of the sun to continue to evolve. One […]

An Unlikely Prebiotic You Already Love

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Average Reading Time: 2 minutes and 24 seconds Who doesn’t love a good piece of chocolate? I know I do, and I’m sure many of you would say the same about the glowing feeling you get from eating chocolate. It turns out that not only is chocolate chock-full of delightful health benefits and mood-boosting properties, […]

Emulsifiers in Common Foods Erode your Gut

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Average Reading Time: 2 minutes and 24 seconds Lately I’ve been reporting on some of the new emerging trends in the world of our microbiome. The trend is suggesting that certain commonly used household products and foods – which have been deemed safe according to the FDA – actually have an adverse effect on the […]

From Prebiotic to Probiotic: 4 Steps to a Healthy Microbiome

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Average Reading Time: 6 minutes and 42 seconds With the discovery of the microbiome, a new frontier in science and health care was born. While still in its infancy, there is compelling evidence suggesting numerous health benefits of taking probiotics. While the benefits of probiotics were once thought to be restricted to gut and digestive […]

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 […]

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 […]