Microbiome

The Foods You Eat Shape the Performance of Your Brain

September 10, 2021 |

It is becoming increasingly clear that the food choices we make every day can alter the way we process information about the world around us.  Perhaps this shouldn’t be a big surprise.  We know now that the human adult brain, which constitutes only about 2% of our body weight, uses 20% of our total oxygen…

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Is the Health of the Gut Microbiome Linked to the Severity of Covid-19?

June 12, 2020 |

On April 25, 2020, the results of a study looking at the connection between the gut microbiome and Covid-19 were published.  This research adds depth to the new discovery that an unbalanced, unhealthy gut microbiome promotes inflammation that may result in higher susceptibility to Covid-19 and a greater risk of progression into more severe disease,…

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Your Gut Microbiome – Miraculous and Mysterious – Part 5

May 22, 2020 |

Encouraging a Robust Gut Microbiome Continued Part 4 of this article discussed the influence of diet on a healthy microbiome. Happily, there are even more factors within our own control that can affect the health of our gut. In this final part of the gut microbiome series, we’ll look into these other elements. Finally we’ll…

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Your Gut Microbiome – Miraculous and Mysterious – Part 4

April 24, 2020 |

 Encouraging a Robust Gut Microbiome with Diet   Epidemiological and clinical trials have shown that food choices can reduce the risk of chronic diseases. Healthy diets focus on minimally processed foods naturally high in fiber such as fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains. Sadly, most people in the modern industrialized world eat very low levels…

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Your Gut Microbiome – Miraculous and Mysterious – Part 3

April 10, 2020 |

 What Happens when the Microbiome Goes Awry? Dysbiosis of gut bacterial communities can cause disease. Dysbiosis means a disruption of the healthy microbe population towards a less-diverse and less-stable microbiome that allows overgrowth of potentially damaging and disease-causing bacteria. Dysbiosis can be caused not only by detrimental organisms but also by aging, smoking, intake of…

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My name is Debra Harley (BScPhm) and I welcome you to my retirement project, this website. Over the course of a life many lessons are learned, altering deeply-rooted ideas and creating new passions.