Monthly Archives: November 2011

Diet and the Gut

  The human gut is home to thousands of different bacterial species, totaling 100 trillion bacterial cells—that’s about four pounds of bacteria, or the weight of a brick. The composition of this bacterial population (also known as the gut microbiota), is currently being studied. Dr. Smith recently blogged on it. A new study by researchers from the University of Pennsylvania,…

The Super-Sizing of Our Children

Renew You Challenge Let’s start this week off right!   Weekly challenge (I mean opportunity!) to help set you off on the right foot and in the right direction for bringing health to your week. You could even add it to your calendar.  Join us!  Our children are being super-sized. After all, you are what you eat, right? Childhood obesity…

Omega-3 Fish Oil and Your Eyesight

Fish high in omega-3 oils provide a rich source of the fatty acids EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid). DHA is a physiologically-essential nutrient in the brain and retina where it is found in high concentrations. For this reason fish oil rich in DHA is particularly beneficial for the eyes and brain. EPA is especially helpful for reducing inflammation.…

Epigenetics—Why Your Lifestyle May Affect Generations To Come

The human genome was fully mapped in the year 2000, a feat thought to be one of the most important medical science breakthroughs in history. As it turned out, there were only 25,000 genes, and the research did not yield the medical advances anticipated. In 2008, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) began to fund a different genetic initiative; one…

Teach Kids About Digestion

  I came across a neat flash animation video of digestion that can help you teach kids the basics about how their bodies utilize the foods they eat. Teaching kids early about how the body works, especially when it comes to digestion, can help them make better choices when it comes to food. When children realize that healthy foods help…

Probiotics and Pregnancy

  Results of a recent study suggest that regular consumption of dairy-based probiotics may be associated with lowered risk of preeclampsia in pregnant women. Preeclampsia is a condition during the second half of pregnancy in which high blood pressure and protein in the urine develop. The exact cause is unknown, but it can lead to complications since the only way…

Omega-3s From Fish Protect Against Obesity-Related Disease

  The benefits of omega-3 oils from fish were first noticed in Inuit populations of Greenland. Researchers noticed that these people consumed high amounts of fat, yet did not develop heart disease or experience heart attacks like people in the Western world. Thus began studies of the Inuit diet in which beneficial omega-3 fatty acids from fish—EPA and DHA—were found…

Empty Calories vs Nutrient-Dense Foods

Renew You Challenge Let’s start this week off right! Weekly challenge (I mean opportunity!) to help set you off on the right foot and in the right direction for bringing health to your week. You could even add it to your calendar. Join us! I keep hearing about nutrient-dense foods, and I like that term because it places high importance…

Probiotics and the Gut-Brain Axis

  The gut-brain axis involves the connection of the gut to the brain. This connection goes in both directions—from the brain to the gut and from the gut to the brain. In one way, the gut-brain axis is connected by the vagus nerve—a large nerve connecting the brain to the intestines and other organs. The vagus nerve both sends messages…

Infectious Triggers of Alzheimer Disease

Alzheimer disease is the most common form of dementia, accounting for 50 to 80 percent of all dementia cases. Dementia involves memory loss and other impaired intellectual abilities, all of which interfere with everyday life. Though most people with Alzheimer disease are over 65 years, up to five percent have early-onset Alzheimer’s, which usually appears during the mid-40s or 50s.…