Monthly Archives: February 2015

Dieters Who Connect Socially Lose More Weight

There is something about social connection that enhances our ability to stick with a new habit or practice. The feeling of “we’re in this together” seems to encourage success within a group setting. In a recent study published in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface, researchers found that online dieters who were well connected and participated in an online…

Early Menopause and Early Menstruation—Possible Causes

The average age of a girl’s first menstruation has been decreasing in recent years. While there are a number of potentiation causes, consumption of the contributing of sugary drinks is the topic of a recent study published in the journal Human Reproduction. Researchers followed over 5,500 girls aged nine to 14 years and found that those who drank more than…

Probiotics for Potential Blood Sugar Control

Scientists are hard at work researching the effects of probiotics and prebiotics on metabolic abnormalities such as those seen in people with diabetes and related conditions. A recent study published in the journal Diabetes highlights the effects of a Lactobacillus probiotic on blood sugar levels. The researchers engineered the Lactobacillus strain to secrete glucagon-like peptide 1 (GLP-1). Glucagon-like peptide-1 is…

Weight Gain After Microbiota Transplant

Fecal microbiota transplantation (FMT) involves the transfer of fecal material from a healthy donor to the digestive tract of an ill recipient (most commonly, someone with refractory, or difficult to manage, C. difficile diarrhea). Transplanting the gut microbiota from a healthy individual to someone with C. diff has resulted in an impressive 90+ percent cure rate of the disease. Brenda…

Ancestral Microbiome May Hold Key to Modern Health

Although scientists are hard at work studying the human gut microbiome, the complexity of the task is such that we still know very little about the trillions of microbes that live in and on us—and on whom we are intricately dependent. In a recent article published in the Journal of Human Evolution, researchers suggest that by studying the gut microbiome…

Micronutrient Intakes Low in Obese Adults

Paradoxically, people who are obese have a low intake of essential micronutrients despite having an abundance of stored energy (in the form of fat), according to a recent study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition. While this population may be eating more food, the foods they are eating more of are nutrient-poor, energy-dense foods (high-calories, low-nutrients),…

Nutrition Labels Too Confusing

Have you ever glanced at the Nutrition Facts label on packaged foods and been confused about what you should be looking for? Do you find it difficult to figure out how much sugar is natural or added in the product you purchased? Does the percent Daily Value total trip you up? Do you know the difference between polyunsaturated fat and…

Mother’s Prenatal Stress Affects Infant’s Gut Bacteria

A number of studies have linked stress during pregnancy to premature birth and low birth weight, eczema, asthma, skin condition, and general illness as well as anxiety, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and impaired cognitive and psychomotor development.1 The reasons for these associations is not completely understood. Some researchers believe that gut microbes play a role. Intestinal microbes affect the development…

Join Me in 7 Days for The Healthy Gut Summit!

Are you ready to learn how just a few simple changes can help you restore balance to your gut and enjoy a healthier mind and body? I am thrilled to be presenting at The Healthy Gut Summit online event February 9–16, and I hope you will join me to find out more. Register Today for FREE! The Healthy Gut Summit…