microbiome

  • A renewed planet starts with food

    Conscious eating puts the planet on the road to renewal and wellness, Deepak Chopra argues.

  • Your microbiome: The most promising facts

    Deepak Chopra explains what you can reliably do to maintain a healthier microbiome.

  • This cancer is on the rise in young adults — and doctors don’t know why

    If you were born in 1990, you have twice the risk of colon cancer and four times the risk of rectal cancer compared to someone born around 1950, according to a study.

  • If You Don’t Like Whole Wheat Bread, You May Not Need to Eat It

    If you’re forcing yourself to eat whole wheat bread because it’s healthier, we may have some good news for you. According to research published in the journal Cell Metabolism, investigators from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel found that people have varied reactions in blood sugar levels when consuming white and whole wheat bread. In fact, out of the 20 study participants, nearly half were shown to have a better glycemic response to the processed white flour while the other half of the volunteers had a healthier response to the whole wheat sourdough.

  • Will Doctors One Day Cure Obesity by Zapping Patients’ Brains?

    The technical term for that brain zap is deep transcranial magnetic stimulation, or dTMS, a noninvasive technique that is currently being used to treat patients for depression and addiction. An electromagnetic coil in a helmet sends pulses to nerve cells to stimulate the release of neurotransmitters. Livio Luzi, MD, a professor and head of endocrinology at the IRCCS Policlinico San Donato and the University of Milan, has been studying whether dTMS could be effective in treating obesity as an addiction to food. One group received half-hour dTMS treatments three times a week for five weeks, while the other received a fake version of the treatment.

  • Why Happiness Isn't All In Your Head

    The research on the microbiome is exploding! For example, we are learning that your circadian rhythm (any biological process that displays an oscillation over a period of 24 hours) can affect the composition of your gut microbiome. In fact, we know that disturbances in your circadian rhythm —such as if you go to sleep too late, wake up too early, work overnight shifts, or never eat on a schedule — will lead to metabolic syndrome and weight gain, which may actually be rooted in changes to your gut microbiome.  If you’re struggling with your weight—reducing stress, getting enough sleep, and eating on a regular schedule can actually have a positive impact on the way your body processes food, which is partly controlled by your gut flora. How amazing is that?  What does optimal gut health feel like? A “happy” gut is one in which food digests well, and the breakdown units of proteins, carbs and fats absorb easily through a gut lining that has just the right amount of permeability, without being hyper-permeable (a condition known as leaky gut syndrome).