Even a cursory walk down the aisle of your favorite grocery store will broadcast the message: there’s a war on, and it’s against germs. Any cleaning product made for people, pets or floors that stands a chance had better kill them in record numbers, and when it comes to percentages anything less than 99.9% won’t be tolerated. In our current culture of antibacterial cleansers and the extensive (sometimes excessive) use of antibiotics in medicine, it’s definitely important to remember that not all bacteria are bad.
Recently there has been a huge public relations push to show that certain kinds of bacteria can help solve some of our most basic ailments. Probiotics–the collective name given to these various types of beneficial bacteria–have been used medicinally in Asia for centuries, and a lot of them can actually be counted among our best assets for overall health. Read More
A recent article published in the British Journal of Nutrition found that while a gluten-free diet is beneficial for patients suffering from food-related diseases such as Celiac Disease, it is detrimental to gut health and gut-related immune function. A gluten-free diet is often prescribed for patients with gluten-intolerance, wheat allergy or Celiac Disease to reduce the chance of an allergic reaction. This includes the exclusion of wheat, rye, barley, and oats from the diet. Gluten is a small protein composed of gliadin and glutenin that makes up roughly 80% of the protein content in wheat. In patients with Celiac Disease, exposure to gluten can result in an inappropriate immune response in the gastrointestinal tract, resulting in changes in enterocyte anatomy, poor absorption of critical nutrients and resultant systemic deficiencies, and other intestinal problems. Read More