gut flora

Want to Lose Weight? Try Living with Someone Thinner!

October 14, 2013

We’ve all heard the saying, “You are what you eat,” but it seems that study results published in Science last month may add a small caveat. Based on observations in mice, it might be that who you live with plays a role in weight gain. Your housemate might affect your metabolism in a positive way […]

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What are Probiotics? (An Ode to the Microbiome)

March 11, 2013

You’ve probably seen commercials with Jamie Lee Curtis extolling the virtues of some yogurt or another, obliquely referencing the joys of regular bowel movements – often the phrase “balance” is thrown around. (If you haven’t, then just accept that such commercials exist.) But it is never entirely clear what’s being “balanced,” nor is it evident […]

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