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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 ...
The Secrets of the 5,000 Year Old Microbiome
What scientists are learning from the bacterial DNA of ancient humans. If you take a trip to New Zealand you should be grateful you won’t bump into a moa.You see, the moa – a type of flightless bird – has been extinct for about 700 years, but meeting one would have been a pretty scary encounter.Moas weighed more than 5 ...
Does Where You Live Affect the Type of Bacteria in Your Gut?
How your microbiome can be influenced by geography Why don’t polar bears eat penguins? I’m told it’s a conundrum that regularly pops up in lists of tricky interview questions, easily answered if you know your geography. Of course polar bears live only in the Arctic, while penguins are only ever found down in Antarctica ...
This is the Truth About Obesity (It's Not What You Think)
In America, roughly 33% of adults and 25% of children are obese. Society assumes that individuals who struggle with obesity are lazy. The majority believe that overweight people simply eat too much. Sadly, this false paradigm exacerbates the problem. In reality, the issue of obesity is not that simple.
Digbi Health's Gut Biome and DNA-Based Weight Loss and Diabetes Management Program Launches with Blue Shield of California
Access to Personalized, Proven, Digital Therapeutics for Obesity and Diabetes Redefines Precision Care and Disease Management   MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Nov. 25, 2019. Digbi Health's clinically validated, personalized obesity, pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes management program tailored to a person's DNA, gut biome, lif ...

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