Monthly Archives: September 2013

Breast Milk Discovered to Contain Probiotic Bacteria

Breast milk is considered nature’s perfect food. Breast milk contains everything an infant needs to grow and develop, including nutrients, immune factors, and prebiotic fibers known as oligosaccharides. It was once thought that the prebiotics found in breast milk were responsible for helping to establish beneficial bacteria in the digestive tracts of growing infants, but a new study is adding…

Sleep Deprived? Watch your Snacking

Have you ever found yourself reaching for unhealthy foods after a sleepless night? A recent study published in the journal Nature Communications scanned the brains of 23 healthy young adults using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and found impaired activity in the brain’s frontal lobe, which functions in decision making. They also found increased activity in brain regions that respond…

Watch My Segment on Leaky Gut on The American Health Journal

Have you heard the term “leaky gut” but didn’t really understand what it meant? Recently I explained leaky gut in detail and how it relates to silent inflammation and heart disease on The American Health Journal, airing on Public Television in different markets nationally. You can watch the entire segment below: [vimeo 74309037 500 375] Let’s face it. Most people…

A Tale of Two Brains – Infographic

Personally, I’m a visual learner. If you’ve ever picked up one of my books, you’ll notice they’re filled with pictures. So when my team showed me this infographic explaining the intimate relationship between the brain and the gut that I talk about all the time, I was excited. I hope you like it as much as I do. In this…

Dietary Guidelines Should Focus on Getting More Probiotics

In order for Americans to really change their diets and improve their health, foods that are available in grocery stores—and the information people receive about these foods—must change. That’s why I found it hopeful when I read that Mary Ellen Sanders, PhD, writing on behalf of the International Scientific Association of Probiotics and Prebiotics, commented that the 2015 Dietary Guidelines…

Gut Balance with the Right Microbes + Healthy Diet = Lean Individual

The link between gut microbial composition and obesity is one of the most fascinating gut links currently being studied. Jeffrey Gordon’s lab at Washington University in St. Louis has consistently produced cutting-edge research that is taking our understanding of the integral role of gut balance—and its interaction with diet—on the development of obesity to fascinating places. In yet another ground-breaking…

Breastfeeding May Protect Against ADHD

Breastfeeding, when possible, is one of the best ways for a mother to give her infant a healthy head start in life. Babies who are breast fed establish a healthy balance of bacteria in their intestines, rich in beneficial bifidobacteria. An early diet of nature’s perfect food confers a number of benefits to the recipient babies, including possible protection against…

There’s Even H.O.P.E. For Housewives

A month or so ago, my assistant reached out to me and said that one of her favorite television personalities, Gretchen Christine of The Housewives of Orange County fame, was having digestive difficulties and had reached out to her Twitter fans asking for suggestions for natural solutions. As the Diva of Digestion, naturally I wanted to help if I could.…

Starchy Carbohydrates Stimulate Addiction Center of the Brain

You have likely experienced intense carbohydrate cravings a few hours after a breakfast high in starchy foods (pancakes anyone?) or a few hours after a French fry–laden lunch complete with a sandwich and sugary beverage. Sound familiar? These cravings have long been blamed for the blood sugar drop experienced after the initial increase after eating a high-carbohydrate meal. There is…