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  • Dinner Tonight: Sweet and Sour Tempeh Offers Benefits of Fermented Foods

    by Paula Gallagher | January 25, 2016

    tempehThe importance of probiotics is becoming more evident and the use of fermented foods is a great way to get healthy bacteria in your system. Research shows that a probiotic-rich diet has numerous health benefits, from enhancing your digestive and cardiovascular health to having a positive effect on your mood.

    Unfortunately, there are many things within our daily routine or lifestyle that could be detrimental to our good gut bacterial growth. Here are some good suggestions to help improve and maintain healthy bacteria levels: Read more

  • Precision Nutrition: 12 Foods for a Diverse Microbiome

    by Neal Barnard, MD, FACC | January 19, 2016

    fermented-foodsIn the age of precision medicine and personalized nutrition, the microbiome steals the spotlight when it comes time to translate what we eat into our overall health. Our gut bugs, who spend most of their time in our gut flora, or digestive tract, may have more influence than our ancestors when it comes time to determine what our future holds, in terms of obesity, diabetes, and certain forms of cancer.

    The good news is the right foods feed good bacteria that export pathogens or toxic intruders away from the body. Over time the right combination of foods – intact whole grains, like brown rice or oats, and fermented varieties, like sauerkraut and kimchi – can create an army of diverse, healthy gut bugs that speed up our metabolism, turn off hunger receptors, support insulin function, and strengthen our immune system. Developing research suggests these tiny gut bugs can even influence our mood. Read more

  • The Many Forms of Yogurt

    by Paula Gallagher | August 31, 2015

    yogurt2Yogurt is one of the world’s oldest foods, likely created by accident when lukewarm milk hooked up with bacteria and fermentation occurred. The process of yogurt making hasn't changed much over the centuries, but increasingly, we’re appreciating yogurt not only for great taste and adaptability in the kitchen but also for its abundant health perks.

    Yogurt is brimming with live active cultures, beneficial bacteria that boost immune and digestive health. Along with plenty of bone-building calcium, vitamin B12, potassium, zinc, and protein to help build and repair muscles, yogurt can be considered a superfood.

    There are many types of yogurt on the market, but you want to steer clear of added sugars, colors and additives. Stick to plain and add your own personal touches. Here are some of the many forms of yogurt that are available. There is something for everyone. Read more

  • Digestive Series: Taking a Natural Approach to Candida

    by Paula Gallagher | October 8, 2014

    candida-anxietyCandida is a yeast that occurs naturally in the human body, but can be problematic. The problem occurs when something upsets the balance of bacteria in your body and this allows the yeast organism to proliferate and take over all the healthy microorganisms. The most common causes of this overgrowth are the use of antibiotics (which kill off the healthy flora that keep candida in balance), chronic stress, compromised immune system, and a diet that is high in sugar, white flour, pastries, etc.

    It’s been estimated that up to 80% of the U.S. adult population has some form of candida overgrowth, which is also one of the most widely misdiagnosed conditions. Candida resides in the intestinal tract, mouth, throat and genitals; however it can burrow holes in the intestinal tract, enter the blood stream, and then make its way into any organ of the body. It emits over 70 different toxins into the body. Taking a natural approach to candida can help many with addressing this condition.  Read more

  • 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

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