The microbiome refers to all the bacteria, viruses, and fungi that live in or on your body – over 100 trillion microbes, plus their genes. More than 1 billion bacteria in just one drop of fluid in your colon alone. Your unique microbial footprint develops over your lifetime, and it reflects everything about you: your parents’ health, how and where you were born, what you’ve eaten (including whether your first sips were breast milk or formula), where you’ve lived, your occupation, personal hygiene, past infections, exposure to chemicals and toxins, medications, hormone levels.
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Have we all been conned? In this video, Dr. Maryanne Demasi follows the road that led us to believe saturated fat and cholesterol cause heart disease and reveals why it’s been touted as the biggest myth in medical history. I know it’s an hour long, but I highly recommend watching it! The video is a special edition of Catalyst, originally aired on ABC News in Australia.
Summertime, and the living is easy. Fresh produce is hitting its stride and with so much fruit that’s ripe for the picking, it’s hard not to go overboard. Rich in fiber, phytonutrients and antioxidants, these mouth-watering seasonal favorites are also packed with notable amounts of sugar – enough to interfere with diet and weight-loss goals as well as mess with blood sugar levels if you’re not paying attention.
The dog days of summer. We never know exactly when they’re going to hit, but when they do, handle them with care. It’s easy to forget that extreme bouts of heat can have dire consequences even in healthy people, not just those who have trouble regulating body temperature – the very young, the elderly, outdoor workers and people suffering from conditions such as obesity, diabetes and/or cardiovascular problems.
An interview with Australian actor, Damon Gameau, who went on a journey to discover the bitter truth about sugar. In his excellent new movie, That Sugar Film, he documents the effects of a high sugar diet on a healthy body, consuming only foods that are commonly perceived as ‘healthy’. I highly recommend it!!!
Treating other people well isn’t just good for your karma. It’s good for your health and vitality, too. Psychology researcher Barbara Fredrickson, PhD, author of Love 2.0: Creating Happiness and Health in Moments of Connection, studies how “micro-moments” of connection with others, like sharing a smile or expressing concern, improve emotional resilience, boost the immune system, and reduce susceptibility to depression and anxiety.
Great TEDx talk by Obesity expert, Dr Sarah Hallberg on how our guidelines for treating Diabetes are totally incorrect, and if one wants to reverse Diabetes, one starts by ignoring the guidelines.
Although, it’s quite debatable whether carbohydrates are essential for human nutrition, for most people, they’re the fuel their body runs on. For some folks, going on an extreme lo-carb or no-carb diet, causes them to have barely enough energy to hoist a coffee cup in the morning. At the opposite end of the scale, the folks who over-do it on carbs, even the good ones, end up having a negative impact on things like mood, weight, energy, digestion, immunity and more. In my practice, I would say most people (but not all) seem to eat more carbs than their metabolism can handle.
Does searching for natural sunscreen make you sweat? On the hunt for protection that doesn’t leave you greasy or glaring white? Tired of the kids running for cover when it’s time to apply sunscreen? Our helpful guide to choosing the safest natural sunscreen products that are also a pleasure to use makes buying this summertime staple a breeze.
One sobering fact of modern life: endocrine disrupters are everywhere. Occasional contact wouldn’t be a major concern but the trouble is, most of us come into contact with them multiple times in a day. Many of these toxins either block or promote estrogen and other hormones, so either way, they throw off your hormonal balance. They can affect the way these hormones function in your body, causing numerous problems that many people mistakenly attribute to stress, aging or just normal aches and pains.