Tag: gut microbiome

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

Black-Eyed Peas, Please!

The folklore. Black-eyed peas practically define soul food, tantalizing Southern taste buds for more than a century in dishes like slow-cooked Hoppin’ John and, partnered with collard or mustard greens, a New Year’s Day tradition thought to bring good luck. Resembling an eye, these cream-colored legumes with the prominent black

Glyphosate Safety Update

Use of the herbicide glyphosate has skyrocketed, as genetically modified organism (GMO) crops, such as corn and soybeans, which are tolerant to this herbicide, have come into widespread cultivation. These crops and some non-GMO crops (oats, wheat) are also sometimes sprayed late in the growing season to accelerate drying, raising

Boost Your Immunity With Probiotics

Feed your Gut Bacteria for Immunity

Get more dietary fiber and plant foods. Eat at least 14 grams of fiber per 1,000 calories—that’s 28 grams for a 2,000 calorie diet. Choose whole, minimally processed grains, fruits, vegetables, beans, legumes, nuts and seeds.
Read labels. Probiotic foods and supplements are not regulated by

Viruses and Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

More than 1 million people suffer from inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), such as  Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The diseases involve misdirected immune system attacks on gut tissue that cause inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. This can lead to chronic diarrhea, abdominal

Prebiotic Fiber Supports a Healthy Gut

Nutrition experts often recommend getting more fiber in your diet—but not all fiber is the same. Research suggests that prebiotic fiber can have a significant impact on your health. Prebiotic fiber is dietary fiber that does not get broken down in your small intestine; instead, it is fermented and “fed

Gut Check

Your gut is teeming with microscopic organisms that play a huge role in your health. “By cell number, we are more microbial than we are human,” says Justin L. Sonnenburg, PhD, a leading gut microbiota expert and associate professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Sonnenburg explains that we

The Story Of ‘biotics And Your Health

Most people have taken antibiotics to get rid of a bacterial infection. While those medications have their place, it has also come to light that overprescribing and inappropriately taking antibiotics can negatively impact what is now understood to be very important bacterial colonies that live inside our gut and on

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