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  • Probiotics for Weight Loss

    by Paula Gallagher | March 12, 2014

    Probiotics for weight loss? Yes, perhaps. A study published in the British Journal of Nutrition has found that certain probiotics could help women lose weight and keep it off.

    Studies have already demonstrated that the intestinal flora of obese individuals differs from that of thin people. That difference may be due to the fact that a diet high in fat and low in fiber promotes certain bacteria at the expense of others.

    Researchers tried to determine if the consumption of probiotics could help reset the balance of the intestinal microbiota in favor of bacteria that promote a healthy weight.

    125 overweight men and women underwent a 12-week weight-loss diet, followed by a 12-week period aimed at maintaining body weight. Half the participants were given a probiotic that contained Lactobacillus rhamnosus while the other half received a placebo.

    After the 12-week diet period, researchers observed an average weight loss of 4.4 kg (9.68 lbs) in women in the probiotic group and 2.6 kg (5.72 lbs) in the placebo group.  Read more

  • Supplements for Men

    by Paula Gallagher | June 11, 2013

    With Father’s Day around the corner, it may be a good time to start thinking about your health. DADs... I am talking to you! Here are some supplements to consider, whether you are a man in your 20s, or your 70s. However, it is a good time to start considering your health when you're in your 20s and 30s.

    Amino Acids: If you are not getting adequate protein, you are not getting adequate amino acids. Amino acids are essential for repair, growth, brain and muscle function, energy, mood and our ability to use and lose fat. One amino acid in particular, Acetyl L carnitine is a derivative of one particular amino acid called carnitine. It has been shown to help address fatigue and enhance fat burning during exercise, as well as improve and support balanced blood sugar levels, and improve circulation and fertility. If your diet is less than well balanced, you may want to consider a quality protein powder that contains a full spectrum of amino acids.  Read more

  • Four F’s of Digestive Health

    by Jared Rice | January 23, 2013

    Digestive dysfunction is one of the most common ills of today’s population. Symptoms of acid reflux, diarrhea, constipation and bloating have become so normal that people often don’t recognize them as problems to be solved, if they recognize them at all. The allopathic diagnosis of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) has become increasingly popular, leaving patients concerned and completely clueless as to the true source of or potential solution to their discomfort. Truth is, from intestinal parasites to food intolerances to emotional stress, digestive imbalances can have a variety of causes. Read more

  • Sunday Radio Show: Raw Supplementation

    by Village Green Admin | December 7, 2012

    Join us this Sunday as host Dana Laake and her special guest Rex Jones discuss raw supplementation and the importance of probiotic strain diversity.

    Rex Jones has been an educator with Garden of Life for more than 4 years and brings with him a lifelong passion for the Natural Foods Industry and a strong knowledge of herbal medicine. For more than 10 years he worked in a natural foods retail setting as a nutrition manager and herbalist.

    Tune in this Sunday from 10-11am on 1500 AM (WFED) or listen live on the web. Our shows are streamed everywhere.

     Last week's show was on hypertension, high cholesterol, impaired blood sugar metabolism, and cardiovascular disease. Click to listen.
  • Protect Against Clostridium Difficile with Probiotics

    by Paula Gallagher | November 14, 2012

    Giving probiotics to patients on antibiotics could significantly reduce the incidence of clostridium difficile (C. diff) in hospitals, according to research from McMaster University and the Hospital for Sick Children published Tuesday in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

    The study found that using probiotics could reduce C. diff-associated diarrhea among patients taking antibiotics by 66%.

    According to co-author Dr. Mark Loeb, these results are significant because, “People at high risk are admitted, given antibiotics and unfortunately, sometimes they acquire this bacteria and it could lead to serious complications. Sometimes, it becomes very hard to treat and get rid of, so prevention is very important.” Read more

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