Monthly Archives: June 2010

Let’s Hear it for Soluble Fiber!

So check this out, a new study is taking the benefits of soluble fiber to a whole new level! Recently scientists discovered that soluble fiber increases the anti-inflammatory compound interleukin-4 (IL-4) in the body when a bacterial infection occurs, which basically means it helps fight off the infection. Pretty interesting stuff, huh? Not only that, but researchers believe that the…

View Behind-the-Scenes Photos of My New PBS Special!

This past Saturday, we filmed my newest PBS special about probiotics called The Road to Perfect Health, and what a great time everyone had! Okay, so it can be a little exhausting making sure all the technical stuff gets done right, and sure, there were some do-overs, but the energy from the audience was so positive, and I can’t wait…

Childhood Constipation – Gluten and Cow’s Milk to Blame?

We all know how uncomfortable constipation can be, so imagine what it must feel like for little kids…ugh! That’s why a recent study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology caught my eye. The study suggests that a combination of two things may be involved in higher incidences of constipation in children: 1. introducing gluten in the first year of…

Fish oil and Psychosis

So here’s something I thought was interesting – a new study about fish oils and young people with schizophrenia found that taking a daily fish oil supplement may help prevent the development of psychosis and promote better health. More than 75 participants were given either a placebo (basically a non-effective sugar pill) or a supplement containing 1.2 grams of Omega-3…

Wed 6/23 on the Poop Scoop: The Gut/Brain Connection – Anxiety, Depression and Addiction

Depression, anxiety, addiction to drugs and alcohol—they may not seem like things you’d associate with good intestinal health, but the truth may surprise you. In fact, your brain and your gut are more closely connected than you might think, and scientists are just now beginning to understand how important a healthy gut is when it comes to better brain function.…

Spread the Word

“Renew You” Challenge – Ever try to give someone a little nudge in the right direction regarding their dietary habits? Chances your helpful advice wasn’t received very well. If I’ve learned anything, it’s that people can get pretty defensive if they feel like they’re being criticized, but sometimes just changing the way we say things can make a big difference—especially…

Are Your Love Handles Getting to Your Brain?

It’s no secret that being overweight or obese can have a pretty big impact on your health. Just pick up a magazine, listen to the news, or jump on the Internet, and study after study shows that an unhealthy body weight can lead to some pretty serious health conditions—like diabetes, heart disease and liver disease, just to name a few.…

Study Finds Lead in Kids’ Juices and Packaged Fruit Products

Is it just me, or is it harder and harder these days to make sure our kids are eating healthy? Especially when new studies like the one I just read about can make even the most health-conscious parents think twice about what they’re putting on the table. Recently the California-based non-profit Environmental Law Foundation tested over a hundred different fruit…

Hmm, What to Eat?

Do you ever open up your refrigerator and feel completely uninspired by what’s inside? Like you’re sure there’s something you can make, but ugh, you’re just not feeling it, you know? So then you head over to the pantry, but still no inspiration! What’s the solution? Check this out! Supercook.com is a really cool website where you can actually enter…