Manufacturing Muscles

Have you ever wondered how the body makes muscles? It is suitable to use the word manufacture because it is as though your body is a natural factory for muscle production using proteins. It truly is incredible. The assembly lines in this inner factory are essentially controlled by the information in your DNA, containing theContinue reading “Manufacturing Muscles”

When Your Immune System Attacks . . . You!

The immune system is your body’s defense against attacks from organisms or substances that can make you sick. The primary defenders in this protective system are your white blood cells, leukocytes that include phagocytes and lymphocytes. Phagocytes envelop and destroy invasive elements, such as bacteria, dust and viruses. Lymphocytes remember invaders, allowing your body toContinue reading “When Your Immune System Attacks . . . You!”

The Brain-Bacteria Chatline (Part 2)

Part 2 of 2 Given the importance of microbiota population and diversity, it is interesting to understand how it all begins in the human body. Microbiome development is said to start as soon as someone is born, influenced even by the method of being delivered into the world. However, recent research indicates that a babyContinue reading “The Brain-Bacteria Chatline (Part 2)”

The Brain-Bacteria Chatline

Part 1 of 2 Science has only scratched the surface of the deep relationship between the human body and the microbiome and microbiota, the trillions of microbes that inhabit the human gut. This myriad of microorganisms includes archaea, bacteria, eukaryotes, fungi and viruses. Research is also suggesting that there is communication coming from within thisContinue reading “The Brain-Bacteria Chatline”

AIM to Beat the Summer Heat

The heat is on in North America! As temperatures rise, energy levels lower for most people. But hey! It’s summertime. You get to spend more time being physically active outdoors. At the same time, the heat makes you sweat, so you need to replenish with water to avoid dehydration. Perspiring also makes you lose electrolytes.Continue reading “AIM to Beat the Summer Heat”