There are more microorganisms living on and in you than the total number of cells in your body. And a growing body of evidence suggests they are not just along for the ride. More and more studies are revealing the importance of the symbiotic relationship between your gut bacteria and you. Poor microbiome is increasingly associated with health problems such as diabetes, cancer and even depression. Probiotic supplements contain live bacteria that survive digestion to take up residence in the gut. So does this mean they can be used to improve your microbiome?
We typically think eating too much salt is a bad thing. And while there is such a thing as too much, new research suggests eating too little salt may be a greater cause for concern. Studies have shown a low sodium diet can increase the risk of insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. In fact, there are many biological similarities between low sodium and high sugar diets. In this post we look at the links between low salt diet, insulin resistance and diabetes.
It’s not just what we eat or even how much. New research is shedding light on the importance of when we eat. Studies have shown fasting and time-restricted eating reduce the risk of many diet-related diseases. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is one such diet-related disease and affects millions of people worldwide. In the US, it’s estimated that as many as 40% of people suffer from this disorder – many of whom may not even realize. In this article we take a look at whether fasting is an effective way to reverse fatty liver disease.
Bodybuilding and fitness forums have gone crazy for a study which looked at the effects of onion juice in rats. We already knew eating vegetables is healthy, but apparently they can also boost testosterone levels – dramatically. The study in question reports that giving rats onion juice increased testosterone levels by more than 300%. But can these results be replicated in humans? Do onions increase testosterone?
We’ve all heard about the benefits of recycling – and it turns out it’s good for your body too! Autophagy is often described as the body’s recycling process and is linked with reduced risk of many diseases as well as longer lifespan. It’s a hot topic in medical research and may help prevent and even cure many serious health disorders. But what is autophagy? And how can we benefit from it? In this post we answer these questions and take a look at the health benefits of autophagy.
Biotin is a popular ingredient in beauty products. It’s also an essential vitamin for the digestion of fat and carbohydrates. Studies also suggest biotin may also be able to increase insulin sensitivity and control blood sugar levels. This potentially makes it an effective treatment for type 2 diabetes. In this post we take a look at the effects of biotin on blood sugar and ask whether it can be used to treat this metabolic disorder.
Type 2 diabetes is a metabolic disorder where the body’s cells become less sensitive to insulin. This causes sustained high blood sugar levels and is associated with a host of serious health issues including cardiovascular disease and stroke. Individuals with type 2 diabetes are also more likely to be deficient in chromium – an essential mineral for the digestion of carbohydrates. What’s more, chromium supplementation has been shown to increase insulin sensitivity and improve blood sugar control. So is chromium an effective treatment for type 2 diabetes?
Type 2 diabetes has been steadily on the increase since the 1960s and is associated with a host of serious health problems including heart disease and stroke. Unlike type 1, however, it is possible to reverse type 2 diabetes with proper diet, exercise and supplementation. In this post we look at why manganese is an effective supplement for controlling blood sugar levels and fighting type 2 diabetes mellitus.
For the longest time, androgenetic alopecia has been thought of as a purely genetic phenomenon. And while there is a strong genetic component to hair loss, new evidence is highlighting the importance of environmental factors. One such factor is diet – particularly sugar consumption. In this post we’ll look at why sugar is especially dangerous for those losing their hair and how reducing sugar intake may slow, or even reverse, hair loss.
Endocrine disruptors are linked with a growing number of health issues. They’re said to be found in everything from food and drink to beauty products. They imitate the effects of hormones such as estrogen and testosterone and disrupt the body’s natural balance. Unsurprisingly, endocrine disruptors are linked with a host of hormone-related health issues. Androgenetic alopecia, also known as pattern hair loss, is a hormone-related condition. So is there a link? Do endocrine disruptors cause hair loss?