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Common Probiotics Can Reduce Stress Levels, Lessen Anxiety

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Probiotics, or beneficial live bacteria that are introduced into the body, have become increasingly popular as a way to improve health and well-being. Previous studies have shown a direct correlation between gut microbes and the central nervous system. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri, using a zebrafish model, determined that a common probiotic sold in supplements and yogurt can decrease stress-related behavior and anxiety. Studying how gut bacteria affect behavior in zebrafish could lead to a better understanding of how probiotics may affect the central nervous system in humans. Their results recently were published in Scientific...

Benefits of Digestive Enzymes

Summer in Vancouver is one of the reasons why locals love this city. There is ample opportunity to get outside for some exercise and shed those extra pounds stored during the winter months. In my practice, increased physical activity often comes with it an increased incidence of musculoskeletal injuries, traumas and tears. Among some of the most effective means to treat these situations naturally, I recommend proteolytic enzymes which target proteases that help break down proteins. Originally discovered in yeast, enzymes (specifically digestive enzymes) are the first step in the breakdown of food; enzymes are proteins that are produced by living...