Diagnosed With Alzheimer's, But It Was Really Tick-Borne Illness. Trust Your Gut, And Demand This Test
Lyme disease, which comes from a tick bite, may cause a multitude of uncomfortable symptoms such as fever, headache, fatigue and a skin rash. If left untreated, and it often does because the afflicted may not realize that they were bitten by a tick or confuse their symptoms for other conditions, lyme disease can spread to the joints, heart and nervous system.
When you think of the health benefits of prunes, one thing – and probably only one thing – comes to mind. This is not surprising since eating prunes is probably one of the best things you can do to keep yourself regular or address an occasional bout of constipation. Research, however, continues to discover more of how this popular dried fruit (prunes are dried plums) can contribute to your health. To give you some background, prunes date back to ancient western Asia. They eventually spread to Europe and then made their way to the U.S. in the middle of the 19th century. Today, we consume almost a third of a pound of prunes per person, second only to dried dates.
You can help protect the delicate balance of microbes in your gut by avoiding products with potentially harmful ingredients and working with your doctor or pharmacists to reduce the impact of medications you need to take.
The good news about including olive oil in a healthy diet and lifestyle just keeps coming. According to a study recently published by the American College of Cardiology, study participants who consumed more than about ½ tablespoon of olive daily showed a 19 percent lower risk of cardiovascular mortality, a 17 percent lower risk of cancer mortality, a 29 percent lower risk of neurodegenerative mortality and an 18 percent lower risk of respiratory mortality.
I bet if I asked what is the most important role of fiber, many of you would say to help you go to the bathroom! And that is one of the reasons why dietary fiber is so important. But there’s also a lot more to fiber.
The latest foods to find themselves portrayed as dietary “villains” are those that contain what are known as antinutrients. The word itself is almost enough to make any health-minded person run in the other direction avoid them at all costs. After all, by definition antinutrients are compounds found in plant and animal foods that inhibit our bodies’ ability to absorb these and other foods’ various nutrients.
The keto diet may alter gut bugs in a way that helps strengthen the immune system and help fight inflammation.
Some researchers suggest that the health status of an individual’s gut microbiome may be able to help predict how severe a case of COVID-19 a person may have.
There is some evidence that breast milk provides protective effects by suppressing the accumulation of potentially pathogenic viruses. And these protective effects were apparent even when the baby was given formula mixed with breast milk.
When it comes to our overall health and wellness, it’s all about the gut! When I say “gut,” I am basically referring to the stomach and intestines, where trillions of microbes (more commonly called “gut bugs”) live. This community of bugs is called the gut microbiome.
Here are some fun facts which I recently became aware of. As many as "63 million people in North America meet the diagnostic criteria for chronic constipation." And there are many studies which demonstrate that "the prevalence of constipation increases with age and is more common in women than men."
Hospitals are usually where we go to get well. But did you know they may also be breeding grounds for germs?
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