Monthly Archives: March 2015

How to Choose the Best Probiotic

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Welcome. I did a blog about the health benefits of probiotics where I discussed the research on certain probiotic bacterial strains and their effect on IBS, ulcerative colitis and pouchitis. Is one probiotic brand as good as the next? Unlikely, as only a few strains out of dozens of possible bacterial strains have been proven in clinical studies to offer some health benefits to humans. This is also the reason why there is such conflicting results between studies using different probiotic strains. The health benefits seem to come from a select few bacterial strains. Research has consistently shown the benefits of a handful of probiotic strains. These are the strains I will be discussing.

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Theories About the Causes of Obesity and What Determines Fat Storage

Inuit Children in Winter FursThere are three evolution based theories about why obesity is now so common throughout the world. It is nearly impossible to say which, if any, of these theories is correct. It could be a combination of two of them. I will discuss all of the theories in this blog and let you choose which one you like the best.

Most people know the effects of obesity on disease rates and health so I will not talk about that. Also, people know that excess caloric consumption usually leads to weight gain. But why can some people eat all they want without gaining a pound but other people eat like birds and do a ton of cardio but cannot lose a pound? Obviously weight gain has a genetic component otherwise anyone that ate too much would be obese. I am nowhere near obese but I used to run 40 minutes a day five times per week and lift weights but I never managed to lose any weight. My diet was low in calories and based around whole foods as well.

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