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Exploring The Connection Between Sleep, Obesity And The Gut Biome
  Obesity is widely prevalent and has been shown to be a major factor in the development of non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular illness and diabetes. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2015-2016 data), the prevalence of obesity was 39.8% in U.S. adults and 18.5% in U.S. youth.  Ob ...
Stress, sugar cravings and weight gain: What lies beneath
Digbi Health Precision Care Webinar Series with Dr. Eldred Taylor, Taylor Medical Group with Ranjan Sinha, CEO - Digbi Health Webinar Date: 16 Oct 2019 Webinar Link: https://vimeo.com/367276027 If you’ve ever thought of drowning your troubles in a sugary soda, or tiptoed down to the fridge to finish off leftover cake i ...
Why variety is the spice of life – and the sign of a good gut
A healthy gut is a diverse gut. You need good eyesight to work in the Digbi Health laboratory. Our research focus tends to be on the microscopically tiny.Of course, we’re all about the trillions of bacterial cells that are hitching a ride in, and on, your body right now.But let’s just for one-minute exchange our micros ...
Why you're speaking with your mouth full. Even when it's empty.
The wild world of your oral microbiome. The National Zoo in Washington, D.C. is home to roughly 300 different species of animals. And just so you know, right now your mouth probably houses about the same number of species of bacteria.Yup, at any one time, there’s a whole zoo’s worth of tiny microbes – between 200 and ...
The surprising connection between you and a giant panda.
The remarkable story behind just one of your microbiome’s thousands of bacterial species. The singer-songwriter Prince has been through more than his fair share of stage names.As you may have heard, he spent seven years wishing to be known as an unpronounceable squiggle.But quite frankly Prince’s name changing is nothi ...
What Type of Microbiome Do You Have? Spoiler Alert: We Probably Can’t Tell
The start-stop world of microbiota classification. As we’ve observed before, your mouth probably contains as many different bacterial species as there are animal species in the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. (about 300).But your oral cavity is a mere minnow in bacterial diversity compared to your gut, where somewher ...
How To Make Sauerkraut, The Perfect Christmas Gift For Your Gut
Oh Little Town of Bacterium Just ten days to Christmas Eve, a night on which Polish families celebrate “Wigilia” (vigil) with a meatless supper of 12 courses, one for each month of the year.It’s a meal that often features sauerkraut, a delicious and healthy fermented foodstuff that’s actually dead-easy to brew up at ho ...
What Will A Holiday Drink Do To Your Microbiome?
Alcohol, Bacteria, Christmas. A Festive ABC. With the holidays a few days away, perhaps you’ll join me in a small glass of eggnog, traditionally souped-up with a shot of rum.Early American settlers, by the way, drank their rum from carved wooden mugs called noggins, which may be how the egg-and-rum mixture got its name ...
What Happens to Your Microbiome If You Own a Dog?
How a canine companion can affect your bacteria. Given that dogs are such popular pets, you may imagine that the origin of the word “dog” would be easy to pin down.Not so.Until the 14th century, man’s best friend was known in English as the hound, but somewhere along the line the name of just one canine subtype – dog ...
Our Microbiomes Also Sleep
You might imagine that the quantity and diversity of the microorganisms making up any one individual’s microbiome are reasonably fixed and unchanging. However, our microbiomes may be more volatile than we believe. Scientists in Israel have proposed a mechanism through which the composition and functionality of our micr ...

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