On a Hot Summer Night ….

It’s August, and if you live in Texas like I do it’s the season to sweat. Unfortunately, along with sweat comes odor, particularly in the armpit (the axilla region). Certain hairy regions of the body, such as the armpit and groin, contain apocrine glands whose physiological function in humans remains poorly understood. The apocrine glands […]

Ginger As A Microbiome Modulator

Derived from the root of the flowering Zingiber officinale plant, ginger is a common spice that also has a long history as a medicinal botanical. Much of its medicinal effect has been attributed to a natural oil called gingerol that has both anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Inflammation and oxidation are risk factors that promote many […]

Go Mediterranean with Your Microbiome

The list of mental and physical attributes that decline with aging is long and well-known. Collectively our diminishing bodily functions contribute to increased frailty and more general inflammation. In the medical context, frailty includes not just weaker muscles and bones, but also reduced organ functions, decreased immunity, and cognitive decline. The combined negative changes can […]

Red Wine is Fine for Your Microbiome

The role of the human microbiome in health and disease is under massive investigation by scientists world-wide, especially the gut microbiome. There are great individual differences in the composition of the gut microbiome, which is defined as the number of different types of bacteria present and the relative quantities of each type.  Certain difference in […]