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Probiotics: Benefits vs. Drawbacks

Probiotics: Benefits vs. Drawbacks

Probiotics are live micro­organisms—bacteria and yeasts—that are commonly referred to as “good” bacteria. Probiotics benefits, experts believe, extend to our digestive health by increasing the population of good bacteria in the intestines, which prevents “bad” bacteria (for example, Clostridium difficile and Escherichia coli) from causing illness.

Yogurt and kefir (a drink

Seeds are Rich in Healthy Fat and Fiber

Although seeds may be small in size, they are big in nutrition. Many varieties of seeds contain alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a type of omega-3 fatty acid. Research has shown that ALA can help protect blood vessels from inflammatory damage and lower the risk of atherosclerosis (narrowing and hardening of the

The Benefits of Exercise for Digestive Health

Exercise for digestive health? Yes! We all know that exercise is good for us, but did you know that it might actually alter the bacterial composition of your digestive system, helping to prevent disease and maintain overall good health? Recent research shows that exercise can have a positive effect on

6. Smart Selections in the Dairy Aisle

Dairy Pros and Cons
Tufts’ MyPlate for Older Adults includes examples of dairy products such as low-fat milk and yogurt, because these are excellent sources of nutrients you may not be getting enough of as you age. These nutrients include calcium and (in fortified dairy products) vitamin D for healthy bones,

Prebiotics, to Feed Your Good Bacteria

From yogurt to kombucha to supplements, probiotics appear to be on the tip of everyone’s tongue, literally and figuratively. Probiotics are live bacteria and are believed to have properties that improve digestive health. Lactobacillus found in yogurt and other fermented foods is just one example. Though the National Center for

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