Solving the Microbe Mystery: How Prebiotics Help Fight Against Obesity

Prebiotics and ObesityTry to imagine 100 million of anything. It boggles the mind. Now consider this: There are more than 100 trillion microorganisms living in your body, most of them in your gut, your mouth and your skin. Taken altogether, these microorganisms make up the microbiome. Scientists are eager to find out what these microorganisms do and how to harness their power to improve our health, something that is a challenge simply because of the sheer volume of microorganisms.… Read more

The Vahouny Fiber Symposium: The Importance of SCFAs

If you don’t already know the benefits of short chain fatty acids (SCFAs), you will soon. The beneficial effects of SCFAs may range from helping to fight depression and cancer to giving the colon a major boost. They were a major topic of conversation at the 10th annual Vahouny Fiber Symposium, held in March in Bethesda, MD, that Dr.… Read more

Prebiotics and Brain Chemistry

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Only 15 years ago, if any scientist suggested that the bacteria in your gut play a direct role in the health of your brain, that scientist would have been laughed out the door. However, the latest research from the University of Oxford suggests that gut microbiota play a direct role in brain chemistry balance.… Read more

5 Ways to Incorporate a Prebiotic Supplement Into Your Meals

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One of the best parts about adding a prebiotic supplement to your daily diet is the ease with which this tasteless powder can blend with other foods and drinks. From letting it dissolve in a glass of water to creating a menu of specialty health shakes to sprinkling it over cereal, getting your recommended daily fiber intake has never been easier.… Read more

Dysbiosis Causes & Prevention

Dysbiosis ( dis-bye-os’-is) is a terrible sounding word but it is one which we in medicine are seeing more and more. It means that the bacterial mix in the colon is just plain bad. It is very important to know that this bacterial mix in the large bowel is dramatically important to good health.… Read more

Prebiotics for Heartburn

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Is there anything more frustrating than dining on a delicious dinner, only to have it come back to haunt you a few hours later? Heartburn, also known as acid reflux, affects nearly everyone at some point in their lifetime, and there are 25 million Americans who suffer from the condition on a daily basis.… Read more

Antibiotics: What They Mean for Your Gut

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‘Tis the season to come down with a sinus infection, strep throat, earache or, worst of all, the flu. This time of year it seems illness is almost unavoidable, and when you take the inevitable trip to the doctor’s office to treat your ailment, you’ll often receive a prescription for antibiotics.… Read more

Give the Gift of Health This Holiday Season

“To keep the body in good health is a duty, otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” – Buddha

How to Keep Your Gut Healthy During the Holidays

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Give your gut the gift of health this holiday season by taking prebiotic supplements!

As you join your friends and family to celebrate your holidays with wonderful food and drink, you look forward to a New and even better Year.… Read more

Alzheimer’s Disease and Prebiotics

A most amazing thing happened to me several weeks ago. There I was, watching PBS NewsHour and a program came on highlighting Paula Wolfert, a renowned food and cook book author. She and her husband were courageously outing her struggles with early stages of Alzheimer’s.  Half way through the interview, she was mixing a self-styled Alzheimer’s prevention/health mix in her kitchen in a blender (recipe included below). … Read more

Fight the Flu With Daily Prebiotics

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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