6 Ways To Fend Off The Flu

Bryce Wylde | Posted 11.23.2015 | Canada Living
Bryce Wylde

Germs are everywhere and sometimes you can't avoid them, but you can avoid touching your face, eyes and nose. By avoiding these areas you reduce your chances of catching and spreading the germs.

Prebiotics Could Help Prevent Food Allergies In The Future

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 11.17.2015 | Canada Living

The bacteria in your gut has more to do with allergies than you think.

Probiotics May Be The New Vaccines

Jason Tetro | Posted 11.02.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Probiotics offer a host of potential benefits ranging from better digestion to improved weight management and even better mental health. But until recently, no one has mentioned vaccines. Yet, a probiotic oral vaccine may one day be our route to protection against infection.

Heal the Burn: How Nutrition Affects Sun Protection

Kristin Wiens | Posted 07.12.2015 | Canada Living
Kristin Wiens

While complete sun abstinence is unlikely for most of us, sun "awareness" and proper sunscreen use are the most important things you can do to prevent sunburns and reduce your risk of skin cancer. There is growing evidence that the foods you consume may influence risk and offer some protection.

This Bacterium May Improve Food Security

Jason Tetro | Posted 07.13.2015 | Canada Business
Jason Tetro

Last week, a team of Malaysian scientists introduced a fermenting bacterium with the ability to protect food without the need for batches. Based on the results of the study, in the future, all that may be needed is a quick spray and the food would be safe from microbial spoilers.

How to Get the Health Benefits From Fermented Foods

Kristin Wiens | Posted 07.09.2015 | Canada Living
Kristin Wiens

Most proponents attribute the beneficial effects of eating fermented foods to the presence of natural probiotics, those friendly little gut bacteria and yeast inhabiting our gut. But not all fermented foods are a source of probiotics.

How The Bacteria Up Your Nose Affects Your Health

Jason Tetro | Posted 06.22.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

But viruses are not the only microbes capable of finding their way into the sinuses. A number of bacteria are also capable of not only living in this moist region, but thriving there as well. This collection is known as the nasal microbiome.

The Fecal Bacterium You'll Learn to Love

Jason Tetro | Posted 06.26.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Within your feces is a species of bacteria that may one day be able to help prevent inflammatory disorders including colitis, inflammatory bowel disease and possibly even Crohn's disease. It's known as Faecalibacterium prausnitzii and has the potential to become one of the next generation probiotics.

Probiotics Could Control "Inflammaging"

Jason Tetro | Posted 06.19.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

The trouble with inflammaging is how hard it can be to detect. One of the more popular directions in controlling inflammation involves targeting not human cells but microbial ones. The trillions of bacteria in the intestines are known to play a role in inflammation particularly in the elderly.

How to Cope With a Colicky Infant (Without Losing Your Mind)

Angie Campanelli | Posted 05.22.2015 | Canada Living
Angie Campanelli

There aren't many words that truly captivate the essence of a constant baby cry on top of extreme sleep deprivation, emotional landslides, sore, leaking breasts and a recovering lower region. Well, I can think of a few but they aren't fit for print.

How to Shop for the Best Probiotic

Melissa Ramos | Posted 04.14.2015 | Canada Living
Melissa Ramos

If you've ever felt confused, frustrated and even overwhelmed at the thought of buying the best probiotic, you're not alone. I'll be honest with you, ...

Top 5 Natural Health Trends For 2015

The Huffington Post Canada | Emma Prestwich | Posted 01.06.2015 | Canada Living

You may not be eating a ton of healthy food right now (who is, anyway?), but in no time, we'll all be looking to clean up our eating habits for the ne...

Will We Actually Be Able To Prevent Candida With Mucus?

Jason Tetro | Posted 01.23.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg For most people, mucus is considered to be a bad thing. It's commonly associated with respiratory infections as well as more chronic conditions such as cystic fibrosis, ulcerative colitis, and even cancer. But, this thick composite is an integral part of our anatomy, providing both lubrication and protection to internal cells exposed to the environment.

What's In A Kiss? 80 Million Bugs

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 11.19.2014 | Canada Living

In just ten seconds, one kiss can transfer up to 80 million bacteria, according to a new study published in the journal Microbiome. Partners who ki...

Germs Suffer "Jet Lag" And Can Make You Fat

Jason Tetro | Posted 01.02.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

One particular consequence of an altered circadian rhythm is altered glucose utilization leading to increases in weight gain, obesity and even diabetes. The reason for this has been examined at the molecular level and some paths to problems have been elucidated.

Looking for a Fun, Easy Way to Keep Your Mouth Healthy? Try...Gum

Jason Tetro | Posted 11.14.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

It's amazing what we do to maintain oral health. We brush our teeth, floss those gums, swirl mouthwash, endure whitening strips, and even suck on myriad different breath fresheners. All the while we hope to keep our dentists happy with our efforts. Now another option to help keep our teeth white and our breath pleasant has emerged: probiotic gum.

Probiotics May Help Children Become Better Students

Jason Tetro | Posted 11.01.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

The benefit of probiotic bacteria on the brain could eventually lead to more specialized probiotics designed specifically to help improve learning and memory. While these products may be years away, parents can take advantage of what has already been learned to help their children today.

How Probiotics Could Prevent Obesity and Other Chronic Diseases

Jason Tetro | Posted 09.26.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpgThe value of good germs has been known for decades. This was epitomized last month when an international group of researchers illustrated how the use of genetically modified probiotics could prevent chronic disease. Using only a specifically designed bacterium, they could prevent obesity in mice giving them a healthier life.

The Long-Term Trauma of Gastrointestinal Infection

Jason Tetro | Posted 09.19.2014 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Most of us have experienced at one time or another that rumble in the gastrointestinal jungle. But there is a darker side to these maladies manifesting at the microbial level. Though we may not feel these consequences in the short term, research has shown there may be more difficult times down the road.

The Best Foods For Healthy Gut Bacteria

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 06.23.2014 | Canada Living

For patients receiving stem cell transplants, some simple but important precautions to promote the proliferation and diversity of healthy gut bacteria...

Which Probiotics Actually Work?

Josh Gitalis | Posted 08.04.2014 | Canada
Josh Gitalis

The lactobacillus species is one of the most researched. Among the lactobacillus family is one particular strain, lactobacillus GG (also known as Culturelle), which has solid research backing up its use for acute diarrhea, traveller's diarrhea, antibiotic-associated diarrhea, and colic.

Beware The "Pollen Vortex"

Jason Tetro | Posted 06.13.2014 | 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 05.23.2014 | 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.