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WWW on sandAlthough this site has a couple of hundred e-mail subscribers and a fair amount of regular readers that contact me through e-mail with questions and feedback, I really haven’t paid much attention to marketing the site until now. I do however want to share my writing with as many people as possible and have therefore begun writing the occasional guest post for blogs that are in line with my beliefs. Another way the information on this blog is going to reach more people, is if YOU take the time to share the site and posts you like on social media.. Thank you for the support!

My guest post on BretContreras.com

If you haven’t already checked out my guest post at BretContreras.com, do it now. The article received plenty of positive feedback on his facebook site and was shared a lot on social media. I’m pleased with the post and think I covered a lot of the important information on the connection between the human microbiome and overweight and obesity. Bret isn’t just one of the best strength and conditioning coaches out there, but he’s also a genuinely nice guy. I highly recommend that you check out his site if you are into strength training.

Dietary fiber protects against asthma and heart disease

I’ve previously written extensively about the importance of including fermentable fibers in your diet. Prebiotics increase the growth of beneficial bacteria in the colon, suppress the growth of pathogens, and regulate our immune system. New research also shows that greater dietary fiber intake is associated with lower risk of asthma and heart disease. This is no surprise since we know that low-grade chronic inflammation plays such an important role in the development and progression of both of these disorders.

Probiotic microbes sustain youthful serum testosterone levels and testicular size in aging mice

Ageing is associated with an overall decline in health… But does it have to be this way? We know that some hunter-gatherers and non-westernized people maintain excellent health well into their 60s and 70s, but “dying of old age” – and not from disease – is very rare in the modern world. Inflamm-ageing is a term used to describe the increased low-level systemic inflammation associated with ageing, and one of the symptoms of inflamm-ageing in men is a decline in circulating serum testosterone levels. A new study shows that some species of probiotic bacteria have a beneficial effect on inflammation and hormones. Researchers found that male mice who routinely consumed purified lactic acid bacteria had larger testicles and increased serum testosterone levels compared to their age-matched controls. While human studies are needed to further substantiate these findings, we already know that the human microbiome is the key to understanding low-level chronic inflammation. If we take care of the trillions of old friends in and on our body we can avoid many of the adverse health effects associated with ageing.

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