ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS HAVE TOXIC EFFECTS ON GUT MICROBES

An Israeli collaborative study indicated relative toxicity of six artificial sweeteners (aspartame, sucralose, saccharine, neotame, advantame, and acesulfame potassium-k) and 10 sport supplements containing these artificial sweeteners. The bacteria found in the digestive system became toxic when exposed to concentrations of only one mg./ml. of the artificial sweeteners. This is further evidence that consumption of.. read more →

LACK OF DIVERSITY IN GUT MICROBIOME LINKED TO OVARIAN CYSTS

Polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS, affects between 7 and 10 per cent of women of childbearing age, and new research shows that they have less diverse bacteria populating their gut microbiome than their  condition-free peers, which could exacerbate or lead to other health conditions. Researchers compared the microbiomes of 73 PCOS-diagnosed women with 48 PCOS-free women.. read more →

LIGHT EXPOSURE DURING SLEEP MAY INCREASE INSULIN RESISTANCE

Chronic overnight light exposure could have long-term effects on metabolic function According to preliminary results from a new study, nighttime light exposure during sleep may affect metabolic function. The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis that light exposure at night during sleep adversely impacts metabolic outcomes. According to preliminary results from a.. read more →

WITHANIA SOMNIFERA – A HERB FOR STRESS RELIEF, AND IMPROVED COGNITIVE FUNCTION

  Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is an herb that’s been an important part of Ayurvedic medicine since ancient times A 2017 study published in the Journal of Dietary Supplements showed that: Withania led to significant improvements in memory and cognitive function in people with mild cognitive impairment Compared to placebo, those who took Ashwagandha had greater improvements.. read more →

EXPOSURE TO PHTHALATES COULD BE LINKED TO MISCARRIAGE

EXPOSURE TO PHTHALATES COULD BE LINKED TO MISCARRIAGE A new study of more than 300 women suggests that exposure to certain phthalates — substances commonly used in food packaging, personal-care and other everyday products — could be associated with miscarriage, mostly between 5 and 13 weeks of pregnancy. The research, appearing in the ACS journal Environmental.. read more →

TYPE OF MIGRAINE MAY BE DUE TO LOW IRON

Many women who have migraine toward the end of menstruation may be best treated with iron supplements. This is a not-uncommon yet not previously typified headache disorder, which are simply called ‘end-menstrual migraine’…due to its proximate occurrence with the terminal days of menstrual bleeding each month.  A recent report describes 30 women with this condition,.. read more →

THE SOUNDS OF EATING MAY REDUCE HOW MUCH YOU EAT

Researchers from Brigham Young University have found that the noise your food makes while you’re eating can have a significant effect on how much food you eat. So no music, and no watching TV while eating.     read more →

THE INFLAMMATORY ROOTS OF DEPRESSION

THE INFLAMMATORY ROOTS OF DEPRESSION Chronic inflammation may be a most important underlying risk factor for depression Scientists have also found that your mental health can be adversely impacted by factors such as vitamin D deficiency and/or unbalanced gut flora — both of which, incidentally, play a role in keeping inflammation in check. Eating Real.. read more →

COPPER-ZINC IMBALANCE: UNRECOGNIZED CONSEQUENCE OF PLANT-BASED DIETS AND A CONTRIBUTOR TO CHRONIC FATIGUE

A commonly reported consequence of vegetarian or vegan diets, or even diets that rely too heavily on plant foods, is chronic fatigue. Disruption of the copper-zinc ratio is an overlooked contributor to intractable fatigue that follows excessive reliance on a plant-based diet. The result is toxic accumulation of copper in tissues and critical depletion of.. read more →

LACTOBACILLUS REUTERI (DSM 17938) CAN HELP REDUCE CONSTIPATION

Constipation is a common symptom affecting up to 30% of the Western population and is strongly associated with the presence of intestinal methanogens, which may directly inhibit motor activity. Methane, the key product of carbohydrate fermentation by the methanogens. Recent evidence has linked methane production to constipation and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), as well as.. read more →