Bacteria are not the enemy! Find the good ones here. 

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Probiotics Live in Yoghurt & Were Born to Help You

Bacteria get a very bad rap, but actually you literally couldn’t live without them. There are many kinds living in and on us every day, as the Human Microbiome Project has recently discovered, but the best understood are the ones that live in your gut, help you digest food and absorb medicine, and keep your tummy happy in a very essential way.

You might have heard of probiotics? They are just bacteria that are known to be helpful for digestion, and they are packed by the billions into yoghurt and fermented drinks like Kombucha.

It turns out that Lactobacillus, a common strain, will reduce the chance of getting antibiotic-associated diarrhea by 42% according to a new review of 82 different studies published in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association).

The best part is you don’t need a prescription. Lactobacillus and usually a few other probiotic strains can be found in your average affordable cup of grocery-store yoghurt.

If you are not impressed know that people in hospitals all over America are. Antibiotics can be very problematic when it comes to causing certain kinds of intractable diarrhea.

But yet again medicine proves what the hippies already know. A healthy gut needs healthy, helpful bacteria in residence, whether it’s dealing with the daily grind of your diet, or the sudden impact of a disruptive antibiotic as it makes its way through your system in search of its prey, which could be something as un-intestinally domiciled as a skin infection or a UTI.

Full disclosure: No, I am not paid by Fage. It’s just the yoghurt my boyfriend and I have at home. But Fage, if you’re reading this, I’m open to talking about the possibility.


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massage your breasts,


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Massage Your Breasts!

Massage your breasts, and your legs, and your belly, and your neck. Get to your head while you’re at it.

I recently learned about Abhyanga, the Ayurvedic practice of self-massage with herb-infused oils.

“Long strokes on the long bones, round circles on the joints!” my Ayurveda practitioner and friend Kristen Rae Stevens has taught me. She should have also added, round circles on your boobs!

I have just started studying Ayurveda, traditional Indian medicine, whose roots go back 5000 years, and the practice of abhyanga makes sense from both a personal and medical perspective.

Massage feels great. It’s expensive, so why not do it yourself. And if you really get in there – working carefully but deeply into the muscles and connective tissues with your fingers – you are stimulating the flow of lymph through your body, pushing it back to the heart, and releasing trapped scuzzy toxins that you breathe, swallow, and generate with negative thinking all day.

Too woo-woo? Massaging your own breasts is weird? Have that attitude, but breasts are not just fat. They are specialized organs for milk making, among other things, that hold a host of unique hormone receptors. They are sensitive to everything from stress to unfermented soy, which has estrogenic compounds, to coffee, which tends to cause them to be lumpier. Give them some love and work out the toxins. It can’t hurt!

For more check out my new favorite book, Balance Your Hormones, Balance Your Life by Dr. Claudia Welch. She will give you the low down on your boobies.

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