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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.

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How Probiotics May Benefit Your Health

Probiotics are a hot topic in the world of health and nutrition—but what are they, and what do they do?

“Basically, probiotics are live microorganisms—bacteria or yeasts—that exert beneficial effects on our health,” says Susan Bowerman, MD, RD, co-director of the Center for Human Nutrition at UCLA. “Probiotics are believed to

Leaky Gut Implicated in Autoimmune Disorders

Leaky Gut Implicated in Autoimmune Disorders

Leaky gut has been associated with a wide range of disorders, among them asthma, food sensitivities, psoriasis, allergies, and inflammatory bowel diseases. But what is leaky gut?

At its most basic, leaky gut is like having large holes in what is supposed to be tighten woven fabric. The holes allow

Leaky Gut Implicated in Autoimmune Disorders

Leaky gut has been associated with a wide range of disorders including asthma, food sensitivities, psoriasis, allergies, and inflammatory bowel diseases. At its most basic, leaky gut is like having large holes in what is supposed to tightly woven fabric. The holes allow particles, such as toxins and harmful bacteria,

The Pros and Cons of Probiotics

Probiotics are live micro­organisms—bacteria and yeasts—that are commonly referred to as “good” bacteria. They are believed to benefit 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.
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Foods That Fight Depression and Anxiety: Try Fermented Foods

Foods That Fight Depression and Anxiety: Try Fermented Foods

I have always loved sourdough bread, but I have a newfound love of sauerkraut, fermented mixed veggies, kimchi, and other homemade fermented experiments. The more I learn about the many health benefits of fermented foods, the more my new passion and appreciation for these tangy and satisfying foods grows. To

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

Anti-Inflammatory Diet Helps Lower Your Alzheimer’s Risk

Inflammation is a double-edged sword when it comes to brain health. In the short-term, it is an important aspect of the immune system that protects brain tissue against potentially harmful mi-crobes and pathogens. But when inflammation becomes chronic—especially in older age—it can harm the brain, damaging tissues and increasing risk

Newsbriefs: Drinking Soda; Probiotics; Dietary Adherence

Drinking soda may raise hip fracture risk
Researchers have examined the relation of soda consumption to the risk of hip fractures in postmenopausal women as part of the Nurses’ Health Study. In an analysis of data from more than 73,000 women, diet was assessed at baseline and regularly thereafter during a

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