Tag: gut bacteria

Should You Show Your Love with (Chocolate) Flavonoids?

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and many of us will say, “I love you!” with the classic gift of chocolate. Ever since scientists discovered that cocoa beans contain potentially health-promoting biologically active compounds, chocolate treats have taken on a healthy halo. February seems like the perfect time to

The Benefits and Risks of Dietary Vitamin K

When you bite into a forkful of dark, leafy greens like kale or spinach, you ingest lots of vitamin K. That’s good, because K is crucial for your health, especially for blood clotting and bone strength.

But vitamin K is sometimes misunderstood. Because of its clotting properties, it can interfere with

1. Introduction to Arthritis

If you have pain, stiffness, warmth, swelling, or redness in a joint or joints, you may well have arthritis. Arthritis is defined as inflammation of one or more joints. It is the most common cause of disability in the United States, affecting more than 54 million Americans (about one in

Fiber’s Many Gut Benefits

Fiber’s Many Gut Benefits

Fiber may be one of the most important factors in maintaining gut health, and a healthy gut is a key player in protecting us from disease. “Ninety-five percent of Americans are lacking in this key nutrient,” says Mascha Davis, MPH, RD, a spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Beware the Bug: C-Diff Symptoms and Treatments

Beware the Bug: C-Diff Symptoms and Treatments

Scientists attribute C-diff’s spread to unnecessary and incorrect use of antibiotics, which can wipe out beneficial bacteria in the gut, opening an opportunity for C. difficile to infect the colon. While C-diff isn’t (yet) drug-resistant, stronger strains of this bacteria are emerging, and the CDC recently identified it as one

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