Archive for 2013

Pumpkins: A Great Source of Fiber for Fall

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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

Caring for Your Microbiome

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We are, it turns outs, as much moving microbiomes as we are human. A microbiome is any collection of microorganisms which live in a particular environmental location — in this case, our bodies. The average human contains ten times more microbial cells than actual human cells.

For some people, the thought that we’re essentially walking microbe-homes makes them run to the shower to scrub their skin raw.… Read more

Boosting Digestion with Fiber

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Fiber is a vital part of a healthy diet, aiding in digestion and normalizing transit time, or the passage of food through the digestive system. It sounds contradictory, but adequate fiber relieves both constipation and diarrhea. Fiber provides indigestible bulk and soaks up liquid to promote healthy bowels. It is very important to eat fermentable fiber foods.… Read more

Fat in the liver without alcohol

What we continue to learn about the bacterial function in the lower gut exceeds anything we could ever imagine. With the epidemic of obesity, we are now seeing a huge increase in a condition called Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver. It is pretty much similar to the fatty liver we see in people who drank too much which is a known fore-runner to cirrhosis of the liver.… Read more

Keep Your Pet Healthy With Prebiotics

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Just like people, pets need to maintain healthy digestive systems in order to thrive. Can a prebiotic supplement help your pet live a longer, healthier life?

Maintaining Your Dog’s Proper Digestive Health

Although many animals — dogs, especially — don’t appear enormously selective about the foods (or furniture) they consume, the fact is that what your dog eats has an important impact on its health.… Read more

Why You’d Never Want a “Total” Body Cleanse

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Many people who want to lose weight or feel more energetic think jump-starting the process with a “total” body cleanse is the right, healthy thing to do. Unfortunately, ridding the lower colon of all its bacteria can do more harm than good. Here is why adjusting your lower gut bacterial mix is the right way to start a better lifestyle.… Read more

How Bacteria Keep Us Healthy — and May Do More Than That

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If you’re an adult of a certain age, you likely learned that bacteria are bad. But an expanding pool of evidence demonstrates that certain bacteria not only protect us from disease, they can even help us lose weight. Here’s how you can put the power of good bacteria to work for you through prebiotics.… Read more


The bacterial function of the gut continues to amaze us. Now there is incredibly clear evidence that how you treat your microbial partners in your intestine will be a major factor on whether you will get coronary heart disease, heart attack or stroke. Atherosclerosis is the underlying problem with these disorders.… Read more

The Human Microbiome Project

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The days of the lower gut playing a bit role in overall health and wellness are over. The National Institutes of Health have a lot to say today about the importance of maintaining a healthy balance of gut bacteria and why these gastrointestinal microbes are key players in maintaining your body’s wellness.… Read more

Carnitine, Gut Bacteria and You

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Many athletes, professional and aspiring, consume carnitine via supplement or as part of a protein-packed diet in an attempt to build stronger muscles and improve overall health. Unfortunately, a recent study discovered that carnitine might interact with gut bacteria and contribute to hardening of the arteries, a dangerous symptom of declining cardiovascular health.… Read more