Stop Bombarding Your Gut With Probiotics

One of the biggest diet mistakes I’ve ever made was to take in large quantities of probiotics (in the form of fermented foods and supplements) on a daily basis. This behaviour harmed my microbiome and undermined my health. Unlike what a lot of people seem to believe, probiotics – microorganisms that are believed to provide […]

The Best Probiotic Supplement on the Market

Most probiotic supplements are useless. Many may actually do more harm than good. That said, there are some probiotics out there that are worth buying. For the longest time I’ve been looking for a good probiotic that I can recommend to clients and the readers of Darwinian-Medicine.com, as well as use to improve my own […]

How Probiotics Could Damage Your Microbiome

Not so long ago I published a post entitled “Probiotic Supplements: Are They Doing You More Harm Than Good?” here on the blog. In that article I made the case that many, if not most, probiotic supplements likely do more harm than good. This notion goes against conventional wisdom in this area, which says that […]

Why You Can’t Drug the Microbiome Into Compliance

We humans are always looking for quick and simple solutions to our problems. When we have the choice between a comfortable path, which is flat and easy to travel, and a path that is steeper and harder to travel, but that eventually gets us to a higher point than the comfortable one, we usually choose […]

Probiotic Supplements: Are They Doing You More Harm Than Good?

The probiotic market has grown exponentially over the past few years. Pills and drinks containing probiotics – live microorganisms that, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit to the host – are no longer just niche products purchased by health aficionados, but rather something that “everyone” now seems to incorporate into their dietary regime. […]

Two Good Probiotic Supplements That Can Improve Your Gut Health

Adequate microbial exposure is an essential component of an Organic Fitness Regimen. Rapid and powerful changes to human living conditions beginning with the Agricultural Revolution set the stage for a loss of “old microbial friends” and perturbations of the human microbiome. In westernized nations today it’s unlikely that even those people we consider to be […]

We Are 90% Microbe and 10% Human: Can We Lose Weight by Boosting Good Bacteria with Probiotics and Prebiotics?

“The true value of a human being can be found in the degree to which he has attained liberation from the self” – Albert Einstein For years, the view of self has been restricted to our own human, eukaryotic cells, but recent research into the microbes that live in and on our bodies is dramatically […]

Probiotic 2.0

DNA sequencing has made it clear that hundreds of species of microorganisms inhabit the human body. While it’s too soon to tell exactly what a “healthy” microbiome looks like, it seems that greater diversity is probably a good thing and that some species have an especially beneficial effect on our health. Providing fermentable substrates (“prebiotics“) […]

Treating Lactose Intolerance with Probiotics

It’s estimated that 75% of the world’s population lose the ability to completely digest lactose after infancy (1). Insufficient levels of lactase are often described as the cause of lactose intolerance, and therefore a common belief is that lactose intolerance is a permanent condition. However, scientific studies have made it clear that this is not […]

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