Probiotics

Beware The "Pollen Vortex"

Jason Tetro | Posted 04.13.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Though the atmosphere has apparently stabilized and winter will soon be gone for yet another year, for millions of people, this is no time to breathe easy. In the next few weeks, a new kind of trouble will emerge. Dubbed the 'pollen vortex' this rare springtime phenomenon will leave allergy sufferers just as miserable and clambering for the indoors.

Improve Your Overall Health With Chocolate

Jason Tetro | Posted 03.25.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpgWhile the goodness of chocolate may appear to be solely based on cacao, recent research has revealed another player -- actually trillions of them -- in the contribution to better health. The collection of bacteria in the gut, known as the microbiota, plays a distinct role in ensuring the chocolate you eat will leave you happy and healthy.

Can Eating Yogurt Help You Lose Weight?

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 01.30.2014 | Canada Living

A new study claims that the regular consumption of probiotics could help accelerate weight loss in women. Published jointly out of food and yogurt ...

Could the Right Germs Make You Live Forever?

Jason Tetro | Posted 03.30.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

It's an age-old search: the secret to eternal youth. For centuries, the dream of a single factor that may increase our lifespan has been at the forefront of many legends, excursions, and of course, advertising campaigns. The answer, however, may lie not in water, food or lifestyle, but in our relationship with germs.

Got a Colicky Baby? Germs Might Help

Jason Tetro | Posted 03.21.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg After just one month of receiving bacterial supplementation, babies were already showing less crying time and more regular bowel movements. By the end of the 90 days, even the effect of gastric reflux had been improved.

Probiotics May Improve Symptoms of Autism

Jason Tetro | Posted 02.08.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

A collaboration of over 20 American researchers found a possible answer although at first glance, it seemed ludicrous. The team looked at the bacteria in the gut of both normal and autistic children in the hopes of identifying any changes. Indeed, there were.

Good Germs May Help Fight This Deadly Disease

Jason Tetro | Posted 01.31.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg While the overall success of chemotherapy is rising, the challenge of the double-edged sword with respect to the immune system has led scientists to wonder if the side effects can be resolved by good germs. Last week, the answer was revealed -- at least in mice. ALSO ON HUFFPOST:

How You Are Contributing To Antibiotic Resistance

Jason Tetro | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpgA new study out this week suggests that a third environment could become the next hotbed for antibiotic resistance. This one, however, may take the world by shock and signal that the end for antibiotics is indeed nigh. That resistance contributing environment is you, the human; specifically, your gut.

Meet the Germs That Infect Your Water

Jason Tetro | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpgThe incidence of waterborne infections from the home water supply is rare but this trend of infection due to biofilm formation in the plumbing is showing up not only in the home but also in our travels and in our healthcare leaving many either infected or worse.

Five Things You Should Know About Probiotics

Jane Dummer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Jane Dummer

What is your gut instinct telling you about probiotics? Do you need more information? You're not alone. Over the past decade, dietitians and gastroenterologists have been discovering exciting new findings about probiotics, the gut and health. Here are my top five facts that will help you understand probiotics.

Good C-DIFF Agents May Keep Our Homeland Safe

Jason Tetro | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg The date was 2004, and the setting a hospital in Quebec. When BI/NAP1/027 struck, the world was taken aback by an incredible ferocity that infected over 1,700 people and left hundreds dead. But this was only the beginning as TCD and BI/NAP1/027 have since spread worldwide. But what can be done to stop this rogue germ agent?

Fermented Foods Are Fantastic for Health

Jason Tetro | Posted 10.25.2013 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg Many a farmer and researcher have searched for ways to preserve shelf life. A small group of people have learned that in order to beat the bugs, they need to incorporate not chemicals or cooling but a collection of microbes that can not only keep food safe, but also keep it tasty for ages.

Probiotics May Help Solve Your Memory Problems

Jason Tetro | Posted 09.20.2013 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg We've all been there. A question arises and you know the answer and yet, even though it might be on the tip of your tongue, you just can't seem to grasp it. Unveiling how memories are formed, retained and recollected has been one of research's greatest challenges. Germs however, may have already solved the riddle.

Six Reasons Why Bacteria Is Good for You

Natasha Turner, ND | Posted 09.09.2013 | Canada Living
Natasha Turner, ND

These days we are constantly bombarded by commercial messages urging us to fight germs and rid ourselves of bacteria. But in the right places and amounts, bacteria are actually very valuable to our health and wellness.

Germs That Could Save Your Sight

Jason Tetro | Posted 08.31.2013 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpgThere will never be a time when we are not at risk from one of the long list of microbial threats. However, we are learning how to work with good germs, such as Lactobacillus, Bdellovibrio, and Micavibrio, as allies in the fight. These small defenders deserve our attention and respect.

The Germs That Will Make Your Hair Shiny and Lustrous

Jason Tetro | Posted 08.23.2013 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg Having a bad hair day can be a pain for anyone. While there continues to be an attitude of resignation amongst many, there may be some ways to prevent hair loss and perhaps even return hair to a more normal, if not lustrous state.

How Germs Could Help Us Live on Mars

Jason Tetro | Posted 08.09.2013 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg We are closer than ever to knowing just how to turn the inhospitable Red Planet into one that could someday be our second home. Not surprisingly, germs will play a significant role.

Betcha Didn't Know Probiotics Could Do This

Jason Tetro | Posted 08.02.2013 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg For the world of probiotics, this past week has been one such occasion as three separate declarations have shown just how beneficial and important good germs can be. This is big news in the science community, and will help people live healthier lives.

Take Two Antibiotics and Call Your Back Doctor in the Morning

Jason Tetro | Posted 07.13.2013 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg Medical professionals may soon have one more weapon in their arsenal against chronic lower back pain. In 2008, a team out of the University of Southern Denmark treated a small group of lower back pain sufferers with antibiotics. Over 60% of the patients showed improvement in their condition.

Lose Weight By Eating More...Worms?

Jason Tetro | Posted 05.24.2013 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpgNew research suggests obesity might be an autoimmune condition caused by an imbalance in the microbiota of the gut. Good germs could help to keep obesity at bay, while bad germs could lead to increased weight gain, even without the person eating more.

An Unlikely New Ally in the Fight Against Acne

Jason Tetro | Posted 05.17.2013 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg In the last few years, there has been a different approach to controlling acne through a natural process of using good germs to control bad ones. Yet a group of researchers based out of UCLA published an article in Nature last week that took the use of probiotics to an entirely different level.

How Germs Can Ruin Your Smile

Jason Tetro | Posted 04.26.2013 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpgA trip to the dentist is for many a stressful event, especially when accompanied by the dreaded words: "You have a cavity." Naturally, you can blame germs for this aggravation. The main cause is a group of bacteria known for their ability to grow on hard surfaces, such as the enamel of the teeth.

How to Protect Yourself Against Pool Chemicals

Josh Gitalis | Posted 04.06.2013 | Canada Living
Josh Gitalis

One of the most common chemicals used in pools is chlorine and less common, bromine. The problem with these chemicals is that they are detrimental to your health. If you are going to be swimming in a pool, there are a few simple things you can do to mitigate the damages.

Probiotics and Your Gut: A Match Made in Heaven

Jason Tetro | Posted 02.02.2013 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg With any luck, we may be able to harness the combined effects of our gut germs and probiotics to create a harmonious and peaceful gut and keep at least one part of our bodies regularly healthy. Now that would be boldly going where no one has gone before.

The Top Five Supplements For Digestion

Josh Gitalis | Posted 07.07.2012 | Canada Living
Josh Gitalis

Everything begins and ends in the digestive tract. If the digestive system is not fully functional, every single process in the body is affected. This is why it is so important to "be kind" to your digestive tract and not stress it too much. Things that stress the digestive tract are...