What researchers and the wellness community are increasingly coming to appreciate is that the human body is not just made up of human cells and a bunch of bacteria in the gut. We are a collection of microbiomes. Humans and the bacteria that live inside us co-evolved over the millennia, one giant quid pro quo – our bodies provided the bugs with a moist, warm home, complete with a steady food source, and they sustain us in a variety of ways, most numerously and elaborately in the gut. But there are 5 more less talked about but fundamental microbiomes in your body to also pay attention to if you wish to stay well.
Sometimes I come across cutting edge information about health therapies that just excites me, and ‘spermidine’ is a case in point. If your first response is: “what the heck is that?” you’ve got plenty of company, even though it was first discovered by the inventor of the microscope, Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, way back in 1678. But only recently have scientists come to appreciate that this compound plays a valuable role in all sorts of key physiological processes and anti-aging, which, no matter your years, is a fascinating proposition.
For millions of people, autumn, perhaps the most gorgeous time of the year, can be a season to brace for rather than embrace. Experienced through a pair of itchy, watery eyes and a sneezy nose, the charms of the season’s colors and warm days and cool nights can be elusive. The good news is, you can tamp down much of the allergy-induced misery if you get on the defensive early in the season with a multi-pronged plan of action. So, instead of bombing your system with brain-fogging, sleep-inducing over-the-counter and prescription drugs, I advise my patients to try a more holistic approach so they can autumn with a clearer head and less wheezing and sneezing.
Here’s a new one for you: leaky brain and it’s a syndrome that everyone who has a brain needs to be aware of. Integrative doctors call it “leaky brain” and it’s remarkably similar to leaky gut but, just like the name says, at the level of the brain. The two conditions often feed off each other. Taken together, leaky brain and gut give us a much fuller picture of how a bad diet and too much stress conspire to make us feel and look less than our best, pushing us away from optimal health and towards chronic disease.
Safe to say, just about all of us want to remain as vital as possible for as long as possible. To help our bodies do that, our cells, organs and systems need to work in concert, to ‘talk’ to each other to keep everything running smoothly. Helping to keep that communication moving along are peptides, natural signaling agents which go to work inside in our cells and have a host of positive effects on our physiology. In short, they help make good health things happen throughout the body and it’s a big reason why I’m such a fan of putting peptides to work with a number of my patients.
Ozempic and a handful of similar drugs have been grabbing countless headlines these days, marketed as ‘miracle drugs’ to millions of people who are struggling with weight problems, not to mention diabetes, which these drugs were originally designed to treat. But are these drugs right for you?