This topic is one of the most compelling in my field of gastroenterology. The research evidence is now so strong. Being overweight is a huge national problem. Along with obesity comes type 2 diabetes and a fatty, inflamed liver. Coronary heart disease is not too far behind. Think of this entire problem in 3 parts.… Read more

Gluten Intolerance, Celiac Disease & Prebiotics

March is National Nutrition Month. It seems that everyone is getting on the gluten-free diet bandwagon. Gluten is now a very prominent part of the nutrition landscape. As many now know, it is gluten in wheat that is the trigger that causes celiac disease and intense inflammation and injury to the small intestine in those who have the genetic makeup for the disease.… Read more

Supplementing a Winter Diet


During the summer and fall months, a wide availability of in-season fruits and vegetables make incorporating fiber into the diet a relatively simple task. Foods such as apples, bananas, chicory root, asparagus and Jerusalem artichoke not only contain essential nutrients, but they are also inexpensive when plentiful.

Winter, however, presents the health-conscious consumer with a significant challenge.… Read more

Prebiotics Found to Counteract Obesity

New and important independent research concludes incorporating prebiotic fiber into a healthy, balanced diet positively affects genetic behavior patterns. Here’s the latest information on how Prebiotin prebiotic fiber can change dysbiosis — an imbalance of bacteria— in your colon, resulting in a healthier, more slender you.

Prebiotics and Obesity

Although gastrointestinal physicians have long known that a disproportionate amount of unhealthy bacteria live in the guts of overweight patients until now there has been no conclusive data on how prebiotic fiber might aid with considerable weight loss.… Read more


This is RED HEART month according to the American Heart Association. The bacteria in the gut are probably linked to heart disease. Bad bacteria meant more heart disease. Good bacteria lead to less heart disease. Our prebiotics were right there with the good guys. What research has happened in the last year?… Read more

Prebiotic Benefits of Breast Milk

Breast Milk Prebiotic Benefits

Over the years I have searched the medical literature on our bacterial friends and how they and we have become intertwined over eons of time. It has been very reassuring to know that we have depended so much on them for so many of our own health needs. During my medical training it was always a given that breast milk was the purest and best possible food for the new-born infant.… Read more

Probiotics and Stomach Acid

A question I frequently get is about probiotics and how to protect these possibly beneficial bugs from the very harsh stomach acid. There is more to this question than meets the eye, so let’s look at several parts of the probiotic picture. First, probiotics are bacteria, present in yogurt, other dairy products, and pills.… Read more

Foods Containing Prebiotics

Top Foods Containing PrebioticsThe importance of probiotics has long been known. These live bacteria have proven beneficial for combating issues within the gastrointestinal tract and keeping the digestive system in a happy place. They also play an important role in strengthening your immune system. Probiotics are found in the cultures of dairy products, including yogurts.… Read more