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Carolyn Gretton

How treating acid reflux can bring on diabetes

The use of proton pump inhibitors to treat acid reflux over a long period of time has been shown to produce some serious side effects, including bone fractures and gut infections. Now there’s another ailment long-term users of PPIs have to watch out for — diabetes.

Jenny Smiechowski

The alarming connection between gut fungi, Alzheimer’s and the diet that can help

When you read about supporting a healthy gut microbiome, bacteria may be stealing too much of the spotlight. That’s because your gut contains a lot of fungi too. And the type and amount of fungi in your gut could have just as big an influence on disease risk as bacteria do. In fact, fungi could even play a big role in your Alzheimer’s risk…

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

How oatmeal can ease some side effects of radiation treatment

For years, cancer survivors have been told one thing – eat less fiber. That’s because doctors believed that added fiber went hand in hand with the bloating and diarrhea that is so common after radiation. But guess what… According to a new study, they were dead wrong! Here’s why fiber and the humble oat could be the answer to radiation-induced gut inflammation.

Joyce Hollman

The juice that keeps stomach cancer from sneaking up on you

People with stomach cancer (gastric cancer) often don’t show symptoms until the disease has reached advanced stages. The common bacterium H. pylori causes stomach cancer, but even if you carry this germ in your digestive tract, your diet can help keep you from falling victim, especially if you’re a fan of cranberry juice…

Jenny Smiechowski

Antibiotics double your risk of inflammatory bowel disease

Research shows that about 1 in 10 people deal with negative effects after taking antibiotics. This could include anything from chronic diarrhea to the sudden appearance of allergies to issues with blood sugar. But of all the potential impacts antibiotics can have on your health, there’s one that’s starting to appear more common — and more serious — than all the others…

Carolyn Gretton

Gut bacteria linked to high blood pressure and more than 2 dozen other diseases

You probably know by now that there are trillions of bacteria, both good and not-so-good, colonizing your body, billions of which live in your gut. For the first time, researchers have uncovered the staggering extent to which those bacteria impact your health. It turns out bacteria are directly tied to specific diseases. Time to get serious about your microbiome…


Virginia Tims-Lawson

Your gut-brain axis: A BOGO recipe for disease that’s no longer before it’s time

Who doesn’t like a BOGO deal? When it comes to shopping, I’ll take a “buy one-get one” deal every time… but when it comes to health, BOGO means that when one system isn’t functioning, it affects all other systems. That’s why so many diseases are linked — especially when it comes to your gut-brain axis…

Dr. Adria Schmedthorst

4 things that trigger an IBS flare

Living with Irritable Bowel Syndrome can feel like you’re living on a razor blade, never knowing when your symptoms are going to flare. But the truth is, there are a number of common triggers (not all food-related) that can make your IBS worse. Avoiding them could mean enjoying more symptomless days, making life with your condition much easier…

Jenny Smiechowski

The ingredient sunscreen and cheese have in common

Titanium dioxide as an ingredient in sunscreen. But it’s a food additive as well. A “food grade” version is found in everything from chewing gum to cheese to chocolate to condiments. In fact, this ingredient is in so many everyday foods, you should know how it’s fueling poor health and chronic disease…

Jenny Smiechowski

Pump up your pear intake for better blood pressure and blood sugar

Everyone’s always telling you to eat probiotic foods. But once you’ve got that good bacteria in there, you have to feed it the right things to get it to stick around. That’s where prebiotic foods come in. One juicy fruit is perfectly suited to feed the healthy bacteria in your gut in a way that helps lower blood pressure, balances blood sugar and more…

Jenny Smiechowski

Can probiotics protect you against viruses?

Your gut contains a delicate balance of bacteria that help regulate your immune system. If that balance gets out of whack, it could make you more vulnerable to viral infections, including COVID-19. Researchers believe the right blend of probiotics could restore balance and help protect you from dangerous viral infections…

Jenny Smiechowski

5 probiotic strains that restore balance to your vaginal microbiome

Your microbiome goes way beyond your gut. It extends across your whole body, including your most sensitive area. When the bacterial balance gets out of whack down there, you’re left with a nasty infection known as bacterial vaginosis. Luckily, a few specific strains of probiotics can quickly get your vaginal microbiome back on track…