Did you know that taking a daily dose of a prebiotic fiber supplement helps fight the flu? Inulin and oligofructose, two plant-based soluble fibers that enhance the production of healthy gut bacteria, enhance the body’s natural powers of immunity.
An Effective Home Remedy
Although it’s true that flu shots and mists help ward off nasty bugs that typically lay people low during the winter months, it turns out that certain home remedies — and yes, that includes chicken soup — also help us stay healthy.… Read more
The science of the gut keeps getting more and more impressive (and a bit more complicated!). In the past, I’ve concentrated on the enormous number of species of bacteria we have found in the gut. The number may be over 2000 species. What we have learned in a short time is that the balance of good vs bad bacteria species makes a world of difference in how the colon healthy organ functions.… Read more
People who suffer from sensitivity to gluten often have an extremely difficult time getting enough dietary fiber. Foods such as whole wheat bread, pasta, and rice comprise a large portion of the average person’s fiber intake — and unfortunately, those foods are off-limits to someone who suffers from gluten intolerance.… Read more
Thanks to a British book published in 1970, the world came to see fiber as an essential part of a healthy diet. Author Denis Burkitt studied the differences between the health and eating habits of native Ugandans and British soldiers who were stationed there. The Ugandans rarely suffered from common Western diseases; Burkitt concluded that the reason involved the Ugandans’ high fiber diet.… Read more
When you were first born, the bacteria in your colon began changing and proliferating. As you began to eat more, the type of foods you ate changed their makeup; research increasingly shows that a healthy lower gut means better overall wellness. Today, this same microbiota is living in your body and affecting your health — and the foods you eat not only power your body and your mind, but they affect the healthy mix of these important organisms.… Read more
Have you ever watched a loved one or colleague munch away happily at lunchtime, only to think to yourself, I could never eat that much. It turns out you might be right — and not only does the latest independent research support it, there also appears to be something you can do about it.… Read more
Getting enough fiber into your diet when restricting certain foods because of preference or necessity can be problematic. Everything from whole wheat bread to powdered protein supplements can contain harmful ingredients such as gluten or dairy; diabetics often struggle because of blood sugar issues. The good news is vegans, diabetics, raw food dieters and those with milk or gluten allergies can still get adequate fiber with a small amount of careful planning.… Read more
Not only are pumpkins great for fall-themed decorations and Thanksgiving’s favorite dessert, they’re also packed with fiber, calcium, vitamins and folic acid. Here’s how you can add more fiber to your diet with fresh pumpkin.
Preparing Fresh Pumpkin
Although purchasing canned pumpkin in the grocery store is certainly simple, adventurous cooks may prefer preparing their own organic version at home.… Read more