Prepping Your Brain and Body for the New Back-To-School

School’s back in session, so we did a little studying ourselves. Whether you’re in college, grad school, or just affected by a student’s schedule (hi moms and dads), improving certain aspects of your life can better equip you for this unpredictable new school season. This school year, focusing on our immunity has become just as important as improving our cognition. We often tend to think of our brain and immune system as completely separate entities, but they share a fascinating link that we'll ...

Do Digestive Enzyme Supplements Work for Gas and Bloating?

Digestive enzymes are critical for breaking food down into its nutritional components in our gastrointestinal (GI) tract. And if this process is disrupted, common GI symptoms like bloating, diarrhea, and stomach pain can ensue. It's for this reason that digestive enzyme supplements have been getting attention lately—there is speculation that they boost those processes and help relieve symptoms of indigestion. But the clinical evidence shows that digestive enzymes are not effective at ...

Beer is Fermented—So Does That Mean It Contains Probiotics?

We know that many fermented foods contain live health-supporting probiotics. But does that include beer? Unfortunately, most types of beer lose their live cultures during the brewing process. But recently, experts have suggested that specific, strong beers contain beneficial probiotic yeast. Here's what makes them special, and how other beers plan to follow suit.

The Alkaline Diet: Friend or pHoe?

  As a consumer in our health-conscious world, you may have come across a current fad: the alkaline diet (which may also be referred to using a combination of the terms acid or ash). Fancy name, but what does it mean? The alkaline diet holds the assumption that, if we only eat optimal pH foods, the pH level of the fluids in our bodies will optimize in response, thereby protecting our organs and systems from damage and disease and improving our general health.4 But how realistic can that be?  Is ...

Can a FODMAP Diet Alleviate Your Food Intolerances?

Optimized digestion is a hot topic right now, and for good reason: it makes for a speedy metabolism, a healthy immune system, and can even regulate inflammation. And obviously, we're all about optimization. So, we've done the research, and it looks like a low-FODMAP diet could be a key to alleviating digestive woes like abdominal pain, bloating, flatulence, and diarrhea. Not quite sure what FODMAPs are, or how to avoid them? We break it down for you in this quick read...

How To Naturally Improve Your Digestive Health

Most of us can recognize the symptoms of an off-kilter digestive system: acid reflux, bloating, stomach pains, discomfort, constipation, excess gas, etc. But once they set in, do you know how to get back to neutral? Two foods that have been getting the limelight lately to help? Kombucha and kimchi. But are these ‘gut healthy’ foods just enjoying their 15 minutes of fame, or are they here to stay?
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