Tag: digestion

Probiotics Boost Gut Health in Athletes

Gastrointestinal complaints such as nausea, cramps, vomiting, and diarrhea are common among athletes. This is thought to be due to the change in blood flow during intense exercise—blood is diverted from digestion to the heart and muscles where it is needed. The decrease in blood flow to the intestines during intense exercise is known to increase intestinal permeability, or leaky…

Go With Your Gut

A gut feeling, instinct, or intuition define those moments when you have a sense that something is right (or wrong), but you’re not quite sure why. I’d like to take a moment today to encourage you to go with your gut when decisions arise. And although gut feelings really do have a connection with the gut via the gut-brain connection,…

Omega-3s and Inflammation

One of the most important benefits of omega-3 fatty acids is their anti-inflammatory effects. Inflammation is an underlying feature of most, if not all, chronic disease. But what is inflammation? Most people think of pain, swelling, and redness when they think of inflammation. These are the hallmark features of acute inflammation, like when you cut yourself. But the inflammation that…

Green Coffee Bean—Not Your Morning Cup of Joe

Weight loss is one of the biggest concerns of, well, most of us. With over two-thirds of people in the United States overweight and one-third obese, weight loss is a big issue. I have always said that diet is the main factor of addressing any health issue, and weight loss is certainly included. I have also said that a healthy…

The Human Microbiome Project

The Human Microbiome Project is a five-year research collaboration between 200 scientists at 80 universities and scientific institutions, all funded with $153 million by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) with the aim of, “characterizing the microbial communities found at several different sites on the human body, including nasal passages, oral cavities, skin, gastrointestinal tract, and urogenital tract, and to…

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…

Prebiotics and Probiotics—A Primer

  I talk about probiotics a lot. I even have a PBS show on the topic—The Road to Perfect Health. I call your gut bacteria the Gut Protection System, or GPS. The word probiotics means, “for life.” Probiotics are defined as beneficial bacteria (sometimes yeast) that benefit the person taking them in some way. Many people relate probiotics to yogurt,…

Listen Up Ladies—Job Stress Can Lead to Heart Disease

  Recent findings by Harvard researchers in the Women’s Health Study (which involved more than 17,000 female health professionals) indicate that women whose work is highly stressful are at a 40 percent increased risk of developing heart disease compared to their less-stressed colleagues. The study also showed that women who worry about job loss are more likely to have high…

Toxicity—Much Closer Than You May Think

We hear about toxins all around us—in the air, in the water, in the food, in our homes—but what about toxicity that comes from within? Think about your digestion. When you eat a big cheeseburger and fries with a milkshake, or a number of other foods found in the Standard American Diet (SAD), digestion slows. Tick. Tock. You may not…