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Shannon Kamins

HEALTHY GUT AND DISEASE CONTROL, PART 2 - OBESITY

Research has proven that Probiotics+Prebiotics help in creating a healthy gut, which in turn helps in making us stronger, healthier, and happier. But how exactly does good bacteria way down in the gut make systems all over the body better? How does it help in preventing or controlling diseases in other parts of the body? This series of articles aims to shed light on these questions and more, and this week, we talk about obesity.     World Health Organization has estimated that worldwide obesity has nearly tripled since 1975; by 2035, more than 39% of the worldwide adult population...

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HEALTHY GUT AND DISEASE CONTROL, PART 1 - MENTAL FITNESS

Research has proven that Probiotics+Prebiotics help in creating a healthy gut, which in turn helps in making us stronger, healthier, and happier. But how exactly does good bacteria way down in the gut make systems all over the body better? How does it help in preventing or controlling diseases in other parts of the body? This series of articles aims to shed light on these questions and more, and we kick off the series with the first topic: mental health.   Neuro-gastroenterology research in the past decade has revealed that there is a strong two-way communication network between the GI...

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Shannon Kamins

HEALTHY DIET = PREBIOTICS + PROBIOTICS?

Are prebiotics different from probiotics? Should I have both or either one will make me healthy? Which foods contain both? Which is more important for my gut? Let us find out the science-backed answers to these and more questions.   Back in the 1970s and 80s, Yale laboratories conducted a study to understand the relationship between the gut bacteria and liquids that entered the gut. They found that the ecology inside our gut is made up of microorganisms that live there and the nutrients that these organisms feed on, i.e. microecology = dietary fiber + probiotics + prebiotics. This microecology...

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Shannon Kamins

IT'S ALL ABOUT THAT JUN!

Some people call it kombucha 2.0, some call it champagne of kombucha; some people love it as a healthier alternative to kombucha, some think it is sweeter. But what is this jun that people are talking about?    Jun, or Xun, or Joon, however you pronounce it, this health drink known for its detoxifying and energizing properties is chock-full of bacteria, yeasts, and organic acids. Though similar to kombucha in the way it is made, jun differs in ingredients, fermentation time, and taste. Jun is a fermented drink made with green tea and honey, while kombucha is made with black...

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