Virginia Tims-Lawson

Could poop be the secret of eternal youth?

When you think about the fountain of youth, the first thing that comes to mind probably isn’t poop. But what if I told you, researchers now think it’s the key to halt age-related decline and preserve cognitive function? Ponce de León would roll over in his grave! Here’s how scientists are using it, why, and what you can do to get the benefits without the ick factor.

Carolyn Gretton

Is your immune system causing your depression?

When you hear the words “immune system,” you probably think immediately of your body’s defense against seasonal maladies like cold and flu. A strong immune system is definitely an asset in protecting you from these and other invaders. But it turns out the immune system does a lot more than protect against microbes and infection.

Jenny Smiechowski

Can probiotics put a plug in urinary incontinence?

When it comes to staying healthy, it seems like all roads lead back to your microbiome. Everything from anxiety to Parkinson’s to diabetes to depression to multiple sclerosis to cancer has been linked to the microbes you have (or don’t have) in your body. And now there’s another common condition in which your microbiome may make a huge difference… urinary incontinence.

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…

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…