Tag: digestive tract

Reduce Toxins in Your Environment

Reduce Toxins in Your Environment

Five Essential Steps to Reduce Toxins in Your Environment: Step One of the RENEW detox program is to reduce toxins in your environment. This requires you to audit your environment to identify potential sources of silent toxins you may be exposing yourself to. Follow these simple steps: 1. Install air filters or make sure your HVAC filters in your home…

Is Your Body in Need of Spring Cleaning?

Is Your Body in Need of Spring Cleaning?

There are few rites of Spring more satisfying than the annual spring clean. For most people, spring cleaning means putting away coats and warm clothes, raking the yard and dusting the house. But spring is also the perfect time for body cleansing and renewal. Perhaps you have been dealing with chronic illness, low energy, or have noticed accelerated aging. Maybe you have…

Surface of the Digestive Tract Smaller than We Thought

For as long as I can remember, I have considered the area of the surface of the digestive tract to be about the size of a tennis court—an amazing statistic when you think about it. Most of this area comes from the small intestine where fingerlike villi and microvilli extend out from the intestinal lining, greatly increasing the surface area…

Hallmark Channel Features Ultimate Flora Probiotics

In case you missed it, a recent episode of the Hallmark Channel daytime talk show Home & Family featured a topic I’m pretty passionate about… probiotics! Hosts Mark Steines and Cristina Ferrare talked to renowned nutrition specialist Dr. Melina Jampolis, who shared with viewers some important facts about probiotics—including what to look for in an effective probiotic supplement. Her advice…

Quick Facts and 9 Simple Tips for IBS Awareness Month

April is IBS Awareness Month—a time for individuals and communities across the country to spread awareness about irritable bowel syndrome and the millions of Americans it affects every day. Coast to coast, activities and events are in the works to help people understand this debilitating disorder, its signs and symptoms, and how it is diagnosed and treated. Quick Facts about…

More Evidence Linking Probiotics and Weight Loss

In addition to their role in supporting digestive and immune health, scientists have been looking at the link between probiotics and weight loss—and a new study out of Canada shows these good bacteria may indeed help us shed those extra pounds and keep them off. Researchers from the Université Laval in Quebec recently teamed up with the food and beverage…

Probiotic Bacteria Reverse Autistic Behaviors

Introduction of the probiotic bacteria Bacteroides fragilis into the digestive tract improves gastrointestinal function and behavioral symptoms in an animal model, suggesting that the bacteria may be a potential probiotic therapy in humans with neurodevelopmental disorders, according to a recent study published in the journal Cell.1 This study has particular implications for autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), but the researchers say…

Butyrate and the Immune System

Some of your gut bacteria—especially the beneficial Bifidobacteria—produce an important short-chain fatty acid (SCFA) called butyrate. They do this by fermenting fiber in the digestive tract. Butyrate acts as a food for the cells of the intestinal lining, helping to maintain the integrity of this one-cell-thick layer that separates the digestive system from the rest of the body. A recent…

Probiotics for Common Cold in Healthy Adults

Probiotics are live microorganisms that, when taken in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host (that’s you). Probiotics are most known for their digestive benefits because the digestive tract is where they work. Not everyone is aware that probiotics also have important immune health benefits, primarily because up to 80 percent of the immune system resides in the…

Multi-Strain Probiotics for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

There are over 1000 species of bacteria that naturally occur in the human digestive tract. A high diversity of bacteria is characteristic of a healthy gut balance. Increasingly, researchers and doctors are recommending multi-strain probiotic formulas to reflect the natural diversity found in a healthy gut. Because each strain has unique characteristics and functions, a multi-strain probiotic may be the…