Even at our cleanest, we are covered in germs and we are full of germs. It’s okay! That’s totally normal. These microorganisms are essential to our health. You probably don’t need to mess with them, but if you’d like to try, the terms to know are prebiotics and probiotics.
Sweaty clothes stink, but sweaty workout clothes stink worst of all. Like those synthetic-fiber leggings, those sweat-wicking socks, those “technical” tees? Phew. These fabrics are especially prone to harboring the smelliest bacteria.
If you need a really last minute gift, try this nerdy card game you can print on card stock and play today. Gut Check, designed by microbiome researcher David Coil, pits your microbes against opponents’: you can contract infections, take probiotics, and watch antibiotic resistant genes spread through the population.
Welcome back to our health news roundup, previously What to Worry About This Week. We’ve renamed it Dose of Reality because health news isn’t always giving you things to worry about. Sometimes it’s benefits, rather than risks, that are overhyped. This week we’re looking at studies that seem to hold the key to…
Our bodies rely on good bacteria to stay healthy, but ingesting that bacteria—whether in pills or in foods like yogurt—isn’t always clearly linked to better health. A new online tool uses published research to link brands to health conditions where they have been shown to be effective.
The “live active cultures” in yogurt may sound like a good source of probiotics, but there’s no guarantee they contain enough of those good bacteria to benefit your health.
Some guys may be surprised to hear this, but bras are a pain in the butt to wash, and many of us put off the chore for as long as possible. (We wash everything else though, we swear.) That’s gross, but is it actually bad for you?
Sticking to bottled water and peeled vegetables probably isn’t enough to protect you from traveler’s diarrhea. The best way to stay safe? Make sure the food you eat, especially in restaurants, is piping hot.