Our lives are so hectic that sometimes we look for anything that can help us cope. A busy, stressful life can not only affect you mentally, it can also begin to reduce your body’s defenses against disease and invading organisms. While reducing stress levels can go a long way in helping us manage our day-to-day lives, sometimes it’s more than just stress we have to deal with.
Despite being one of the most preventable conditions on the planet, obesity is, unfortunately, a hugely significant problem. According to the World Health Association, the global obesity rate has more than doubled since 1980.  Certainly diet and exercise can go a long way in supporting a healthy weight, but sometimes even that isn’t enough. According to government health charts, if you have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more, you’re considered obese. The BMI scale, however, is largely generalized and doesn’t take into account muscle weight.
There’s been a lot of talk about the dangers of refined sugars like high fructose corn syrup, sucrose, and others. After decades of research, it appears the adverse effects of refined sugars on human health are finally gaining much deserved mainstream attention. According to the CDC, more than 30% of adult Americans are obese.  These numbers exploded after health officials began pushing the high-carb, low-fat diet twenty years ago.
There’s not much gray area when it comes to probiotics and our health and more and more studies suggest positive effects from taking probiotics. A boost in immune function is a prime example.  While many have speculated antibiotics–by decreasing bacteria–are responsible for rising obesity, one recent study found lower levels of bacteria could actually cause a person to be overweight.  The human gut is home to a plethora of bacteria—some good, some bad—and as “good” bacteria, probiotics could help maintain that balance; but, there’s one thing we can […]