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It's Official: Probiotics Are Not Harmless Cure-Alls It's Official: Probiotics Are Not Harmless Cure-Alls

Probiotics are beloved by many health-conscious folks. They fit that sweet spot between natural (always good, right?) and medical (must have health benefits). I get legit hate mail if I write anything less-than-glowing about probiotics. One charming gentleman called me “fake news” and suggested I get my head out of my…

What You Need to Know About Prebiotics and Probiotics What You Need to Know About Prebiotics and Probiotics

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.

How to Keep Your Workout Clothes From Stinking How to Keep Your Workout Clothes From Stinking

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.

Play With Bacteria in This Printable Card Game Play With Bacteria in This Printable Card Game

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.

Sex, Poop, and Champagne Are Great, But Their Health Benefits Are Overrated Sex, Poop, and Champagne Are Great, But Their Health Benefits Are Overrated

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…

This Guide to Probiotics Tells You Which Brands Actually Work This Guide to Probiotics Tells You Which Brands Actually Work

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.

Yogurt Isn't Always the Best Source of Probiotic Bacteria Yogurt Isn't Always the Best Source of Probiotic Bacteria

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.

Your Unwashed Bras Are Growing (Mostly Harmless) Bacteria Your Unwashed Bras Are Growing (Mostly Harmless) Bacteria

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?

Eat Everything Piping Hot to Avoid Traveler’s Diarrhea Eat Everything Piping Hot to Avoid Traveler’s Diarrhea

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.

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