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Shannon Kamins

STRESS AND YOUR GUT MICROBIOME

  Our modern lives are filled with stress-inducers which have a great impact on our body and mind. Human brain and the gut have a complex neural network – called the gut-brain axis – that continuously transmits messages back and forth. Stress signals get passed through this sophisticated system and lead to digestive issues and inflammation and mood disorders. How exactly does stress affect the gut and how to control it? Let us find out.   When we are born, our guts are brand new and sterile; over a lifetime, our guts are populated by diverse species of bacteria based on our...

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Shannon Kamins

SCOBY FERMENTATION – THE SCIENCE BEHIND TASTY KOMBUCHA

What is a SCOBY? How does it make kombucha? What are first and second fermentation processes? How do they affect the taste? Let us delve a little deeper into the science behind a yummy glass of kombucha. Also, check out cocktail ideas at the bottom.   We know that kombucha is yummy, fermented tea made with a starter culture (SCOBY), tea (black/green/oolong) and sugar; it contains vitamins and good gut bacteria to keep us healthy and happy. But to make a good batch of kombucha, we need a good SCOBY and create a good environment for the SCOBY to live...

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Shannon Kamins

KOMBUCHA (kom-BOO-cha) - WHAT’S IN IT FOR YA?

Kombucha has been called everything from a fad to a health elixir to a cancer cure. There have been many scientific studies conducted to delve deeper into these claims and to figure out how each ingredient in the drink helps the body. And making an informed decision when choosing the right brand with the right ingredients can help create a healthy body, mind, and soul.    What is Kombucha? Kombucha -- a probiotic drink that restores the body’s natural microbiome and improves overall health -- is reported to have originated in northeast China about 220 B.C., spreading to Japan in 414 A.D. as...

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SAY HELLO TO YOUR GUT MICROBIOTA!

  What exactly do microbiota and microbiome mean? Which parts of the body are included in the gut? What kinds of organisms call the gut their home? Why is the gut getting so much attention these days? Let us find out…   In this blog, we regularly talk about the gut and the trillions of bacteria that have a profound impact on our overall mental and physical health. But some of the scientific terms can get a little confusing. So, in this blog post, we explore the various technical terms used and understand their exact meanings and impact on the...

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