Category Archives: Review

Review – 4/23/18

1. Cancer risk in the distal colon in women is lower in those who avoid eating red meat. In a 17-year study in over 32,000 women, researchers found that those women who did not eat red meat had a reduced risk of distal colon cancer. A red meat-free diet was not protective against cancer elsewhere […]

Review – 4/6/18

1. The question we’re all wondering as we pop our daily probiotic – is probiotic supplementation in healthy adults helpful, or is it all hype? A 2018 review of probiotic supplementation in healthy adult populations analyzed the literature published between 1990 and August 2017. The review included 45 studies. Results showed that probiotic supplementation can […]

Review – 3/16/18

1. A 20-year long study, including 6,235 participants with an average age of 34, uncovers the long-term impact of spray cleaners on lung function in women. The study found that women who regularly clean with cleaning sprays experience worsening of lung function over time when compared to women who don’t clean. To put the findings […]

Review – 3/7/18

1. Fermented milk rich in Bifidobacterium breve does not improve remission in patients with ulcerative colitis (UC). In a double blind study comprised of 195 UC patients, researchers administered 1 packet of Bifidobacterium breve fermented milk (consisting of 10 billion CFUs) and Lactobacillus acidophilus (1 billion CFUs) for 48 weeks. Time between relapses was not […]

Review – 2/21/18

1. Looking for a new type of exercise that’s easy, free, and more beneficial than yoga? Try hiking! Predicted to surpass yoga in popularity in 2018, hiking has all the benefits of yoga and then some. “There are few things more important to our health than spending time in nature.” MindBodyGreen 2. Engineered probiotics in the […]

Review – 2/5/18

Severe periodontitis (inflammation of tissue around the teeth) is linked to increased cancer risk (highest for lung and colorectal cancers), with a 24% increased risk in those with severe periodontitis compared to controls. Could differences in mouth microbes be the culprit? A recent study also linked alterations in the oral microbiome to autism spectrum disorder. […]

Review – 12/18/17

Low calorie sweeteners lead to metabolic dysfunction, increasing glucose uptake and promoting fat storage pathways. In a study that exposed participants to sucralose for 12 days, an over-expression of glucose transporters, sweet taste receptors, and fat-promoting genes were observed. These observations were more evident in obese individuals. National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney […]

Review – 12/11/17

The gut-muscle axis – is there such a thing? Science supports its existence based on the premises that poor nutrition and inactivity are common characteristics in those suffering from sacropenia (the natural loss of muscle tissue as we age)– two factors that heavily impact the gut microbiome – and the link between gut bacteria metabolism […]

Review – 12/3/17

Intestinal bacteria help determine healthy bowel function – they play a vital role in controlling peristalsis (colonic contractions that help move things through the GI tract). Scientific Reports   Antibiotic exposure in mothers increases the risk of inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis) in their offspring. Scientists have also shown that the antibiotic-induced changes […]

Review – 11/20/17

Even healthy individuals can be at risk for developing heart disease… if they consume too much sugar. Clinical Science   Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is significantly associated with coronary artery disease in a study with 1059 participants. Researchers suggest screening for CAD may be beneficial in those diagnosed with SIBO. For more on SIBO, […]