It may look like ordinary, brown dirt but your soil is a complex ecosystem of predators and prey, otherwise known as the soil food web. So, when even one link in the soil system is missing it can impact the quality and fertility of soil.  And you guessed it!  At the top of this pyramid is bacteria and fungi which break down organic matter.  The breakdown of this organic matter by microorganisms results in metabolites that are consumed by other organisms.  Furthermore, the by-products of this food chain are nutrients that your plants vitally need.

It’s been a long day, and after getting home from work, there’s one thing on your mind: relaxation. That looks different for every one but most people can agree that some of the best ways to wind down are through delicious treats, such as chocolate and wine. Unfortunately, being the health-conscience person that you are, you can’t rationalize indulging every day…. or can you? Recent research has shown the benefits of wine and chocolate and how they can actually improve your health!

Do Probiotics Work? Sourcing Reputable News and Research

In a world where everyone is trying to sell you something, sometimes it’s nice to read scientific research. However, when researching certain topics, you may encounter “studies” that are sponsored by people who benefit from their results.  I.e., a glitter company sponsoring a study on how glitter makes children feel. This isn’t an unusual practice. And you may be left wondering, “Which research can I trust?”  “Do probiotics work?”

Why Does Acne Still Exist?Some acne 101: You may already know that acne is linked to the bacterium Propionibacterium acnes, which nestles in the dark, oily, oxygen-deprived crannies of our pores. Acne is also linked to inflammation, overgrowth of the upper skin layer, excess sebum, and depression. Because the root of the problem has long seemed to be a bacterium, antibiotics have been the go-to treatment. Dermatologists are also working on developing something called “antimicrobial peptides” to kill the bacteria — anticipating the day that the bacteria outgrow our current antibiotics, and they fail us. Source theatlantic.com

Freaky Fresh: Probiotics and Organic Foods

The research is just a’flowin’ in. But basically most of it says: GMOs= bad. Organic= good. But with the price of produce as high as it is now, it’s difficult to rationalize buying organic when you don’t see any immediate side effects to eating that burrito-sized strawberry. Non-GMO treated foods are called organic, as they don’t use antibiotics, pesticides, or any chemicals in their compost. But again, they are rather expensive. So in an effort to save some cash, what can you do? Well, we have the inside scoop on the connection between probiotics and organic foods.

Probiotics and Protein: Better Together

In today’s fitness world, it’s almost impossible to know which diet trend or fitness fad to run after. From macro-counting calories, to not counting at all, it’s hard to tell what’s the best for your body. Through all of this confusion, one thing remains true: most people are not getting enough protein. And the worst part is that smoothies and other trends do not carry enough protein to help anyone gain muscle easily. And even when we do get enough protein, our bodies have trouble digesting it. Luckily for us, probiotics and protein together have stepped into the spotlight.