gut health

Probiotic Foods: Best Choices and Supplements

At any given time, trillions of bacteria live in your body, many of which reside in the large intestine. This colonic community of bacteria, known as the gut microbiota, plays a key role in immune function, digestion, weight management, and blood-sugar control, among other functions. Some of these microorganisms cause … Read More

What Happens If You Swallow Gum?

It was a warm summer day when I first wondered, “What happens if you swallow gum?” My 6-year-old self was doing cartwheels across the back yard when the gum I was chomping on decided to launch itself down my esophagus (luckily it didn’t get stuck). We weren’t allowed to chew … Read More

Time for a Spring Detox?

For many, spring feels like the perfect time to do a yearly cleanse, or detox. Indeed, cleansing, or "detoxing," has become a trendy way to lose weight through fasting or consuming juices, green smoothies, broths, or other concoctions. For most practitioners trained in naturopathic or integrative medicine, the words "detox" … Read More

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