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  • Mangoes Can Help Prevent Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes

    by Paula Gallagher | September 14, 2016

    mangoesNew research from Oklahoma State University published in the Journal of Nutrition has found that eating mangoes can help prevent or decrease the development of obesity and type 2 diabetes. Eating mangoes can also prevent the loss of beneficial gut bacteria that comes from a high-fat diet.

    Obesity and high-fat diets are associated with the development of many chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes and heart disease. And although there are many drugs prescribed to treat these diseases by lowering blood glucose and lipids, medications can have serious side effects.

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  • Want to Eat Like an Olympic Athlete? Seven Tips for a Healthy Gut

    by Susan Levin, MS, RD, CSSD | August 16, 2016

    fruits+vegetablesPrebiotics, like rice and beans, pair well with probiotics, like kimchi, and may provide a natural doping effect, powering athletes through their training and to the 2016 Olympic Games.

    Olympic athletes often make waves for all-star performances and for bringing home the gold, but few talk about one of the secrets to staying in the game: a healthy gut.

    While additional research is needed, preliminary findings suggest probiotics – available in fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchi and miso – may provide a natural and clean “doping effect” when paired with prebiotics, or fiber-packed foods. Read more

  • 4 Natural Remedies for Summer Travels

    by Paula Gallagher | July 5, 2016

    SUMMERTIME!!! Many of us are planning trips, and whether it be a staycation or traveling abroad, here are a few natural remedies for summer travel to help your vacation go smoothly.

    Probiotics: Studies have shown that probiotics (beneficial bacteria) may help prevent travelers' diarrhea in adults. Saccharomyces boulardii is a very good option for travelers as it does not require refrigeration. Aside from taking a probiotic, only drink water from sealed bottles, and watch out for swallowing pool water! Even the cleanest pool may have pathogens lurking. If you do succumb to diarrhea, stay hydrated and consume the BRAT diet (bananas, rice, applesauce and toast) while you recover.

    Fiber: One in four travelers experience constipation. Changes in eating and drinking habits, stress, and even reluctance to use public restrooms can cause some to bind up. A fiber supplement like guar guam or psyllium can help speed things along. Make sure to drink plenty of water with your fiber intake. A product like Clear Fiber can easily be mixed with water. If this doesn't help, try magnesium citrate. Read more

  • 3 Reasons to Give Your Kids Probiotics

    by Paula Gallagher | June 27, 2016

    healthy-kidProbiotics are a great way to help even the healthiest kids. Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that have a wide array of benefits. Found in fermented foods like yogurts or kefir, or in a nutritional supplement such as Pathway Kids' Acidophilus, here are just a few reasons why you may want to consider giving your kids probiotics.

    1. Probiotics can help counteract side effects of antibiotics. Although there are cases when antibiotics are a necessary and very helpful medication, antibiotics are becoming less frequently prescribed for children. Unfortunately children sometimes develop diarrhea when they take antibiotics, as the healthy bacteria in the gut become collateral damage in the antibiotic’s fight against disease-causing bacteria. Probiotics, particularity Saccharomyces boulardii, can help reduce the risk of this type of diarrhea. Read more

  • 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

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