The Low FODMAP Diet for IBS: Is It the Best Answer?



In the United States, between 25 and 45 million people suffer from IBS, or Irritable Bowel Syndrome. This condition, which experts define as extreme variations in bowel patterns causing pain and discomfort, affects people of all ages. Two-thirds of those who report IBS symptoms are women.

If you have this disorder, you are well aware of its symptoms: bloating, diarrhea, constipation and gas — all of which can be embarrassing for you to discuss with friends, family and even your doctor.… Read more

What You Should Know About Fecal Transplants

Most of us know there is something called “good gut bacteria” that’s important to our health. We also know that antibiotics can harm this bacteria. For some people, their body’s ability to create good bacteria has been negatively affected and they may need medical intervention.

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Can Prebiotics Lower Blood Pressure?

High blood pressure is called the silent killer because it usually causes no symptoms, but it can be deadly. High blood pressure greatly increases the risk of many deadly diseases, including heart attack, stroke, aneurysm and kidney failure. It can also rob you of your sight and your memory.

Unlike a few decades ago, there are many types of prescription blood pressure medications on today’s market.… Read more

The Diabetic Gut

In December 2006, a groundbreaking paper was published in the journal Nature showing that the bacteria that live in the gastrointestinal tract are fundamentally different between thin people and obese people.1 Researchers showed that the microbiome of the gut — this is the types and amounts of bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract — can influence the amount of calories a person absorbs into the bloodstream.… Read more

Antibiotics, Autism and the Gut

Antibiotics, Autism & the Gut

How’s your digestive health lately? Any tummy aches? Has a medical professional ever prescribed an antibiotic for you?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you are certainly not alone. In the United States, 60 to 70 million people are affected by all classifications of digestive health issues.

Many are also affected by intestinal discomfort while taking antibiotics.… Read more

Improving Bone Health With Prebiotics

Improving Bone Health

According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC), 10% of women aged 50 and over suffer from osteoporosis of the hip. The Surgeon General of the United States reported back in 2004, the last year for which such information is available, that 1.5 million individuals suffer a bone disease-related fracture each year.… Read more

Is the Gut-Brain Axis the Next Big Breakthrough in GI Science?

Is there a link between brain trauma and leaky gut, just like leaky gut can trigger neurological problems? The latest research indicates there is a link. So is avoiding autoimmune issues easier with a diet high in prebiotic fiber?

How Diet and Lifestyle Changes Influence Gut and Neurological Health

You already know that eating a diet high in unnatural, processed foods that are high in sugar and lack nutritional value causes a wide variety of serious health problems.… Read more

Four Things to Know About Prebiotics Before You Buy

If you’re like most health-conscious individuals, you know that not all medications or supplements are created equal. Just because a medication or supplement has the same active ingredients does not mean they have the same effects. Research has shown that brand name and generic prescription drugs with the same active ingredient may have different effects.… Read more

Study Confirms Prebiotic Fiber Works For Weight Loss

fat mouseThe University of Calgary has confirmed in a recent study that oligofructose prebiotic fiber supplements allowed rats to gain 1/3 less weight than their peers. The study included rats who received a prebiotic fiber supplement along with their high fat and high sugar diet alongside a group eating the same diet minus the prebiotic fiber.… Read more

Mental and Physical Health: The Gut Plays a Larger Role Than We Once Thought

The scientific community has acknowledged the connection between physical health and bacteria in the gut. On the other hand, the role the gut plays in mental health has been less understood and researched.

However, results of recent studies show the gut plays a larger role in health — both physically and mentally.… Read more