The Nature of Inflammation

There’s a theory that chronic inflammation is at the core of disease, including those that are non-infectious. Even with this realization, inflammation is usually treated after the fact. In other words, once an inflammatory condition has been identified, only then is something done to alleviate the inflammation. Testing for inflammation usually involves measuring the presenceContinue reading “The Nature of Inflammation”

The Cocoa Brain Boost

Most people would like to keep their minds sharp, fearing age related decline in cognition and memory in their later years. Studies suggest that consuming some cocoa or chocolate every day helps keep memories from slipping away. Such research particularly affirms the cravings of chocolate lovers. Of course, the type of chocolate makes a difference:Continue reading “The Cocoa Brain Boost”

Plant-Based Blood Pressure

People would not be wrong in saying that they consume a lot of plant-based food when they choose refined grains, fruit juices and potato chips as part of their regular nutritional intake. All three “foods” originally came from plant sources. But each has been modified into processed food. Beneficial nutrients such as fiber, vitamins andContinue reading “Plant-Based Blood Pressure”

Gut Bacteria Get Organized

Extensive research continues into the gut microbiome to learn even more about the role that bacteria play in the biology and health of human beings. One of the most recent accomplishments by an international team of scientists has to do with being bacterially organized. Their undertakings published in Nature Biotechnology are a bit mind boggling:Continue reading “Gut Bacteria Get Organized”

Crowding (Cutting) Out the Unhealthy Stuff

The idea of crowding out the unhealthy food on your plate with more fruits and vegetables is another of those “dieting” concepts that appear on the scene on a consistent basis. Introduced around a decade ago, crowding out was considered to be one of the best and healthiest ways to diet. Some considered it toContinue reading “Crowding (Cutting) Out the Unhealthy Stuff”

Sensational Selenium

Okay, you may immediately ask yourself what makes a trace mineral such as selenium so sensational. Fair enough, so let’s begin with 3 points extrapolated from a 2019 study that describes selenium as . . . fascinating: Essential for the proper functioning of all organisms Protective against damage from free radicals Important for maintaining homeostasisContinue reading “Sensational Selenium”

Proper Nutrition for You and Your Microbiota

You may wonder why you have to consider feeding not only yourself but your microbiota. Or is it your microbiome? It’s time for a defining moment. The fact of the matter is that microbiome and microbiota continue to be used interchangeably to mean the different kinds of bacteria, fungi, protozoa, viruses and other microorganisms thatContinue reading “Proper Nutrition for You and Your Microbiota”

The Internal Time Clock

Have you ever wondered what humans did before the external telling of time and the gadgets that followed: sundials, clocks, watches, iPhones, etc. When considering the circadian clock and its rhythm of time is built into every cell and organ in our bodies, it’s as though technology has been trying to catch up to whatContinue reading “The Internal Time Clock”

The Need for Enzymes

One of the most recently rebranded supplements in the USA is PrepZymes, a dietary supplement that supports digestive health. Its combination of nine cultured enzymes, alpine wild garlic and papaya puts the “prep” in PrepZymes, preparing effective backup for your body’s own supply of beneficial enzymes. “Each one of us is given a limited supplyContinue reading “The Need for Enzymes”