Tag: healthy

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…

Lectin-Restricted Diet plus Antioxidant Supplements Reverses Artery Damage

Lectins are carbohydrate-binding proteins found in foods such as grains, beans, seeds, nuts, and potatoes. Also, grain-fed meats (which would be all meats except grass-fed) contain lectins due to their grain-based feed. Lectins, although found in what many people consider “healthy” foods, are known to have detrimental effects, including gastrointestinal and immune dysfunction, and the triggering of leptin resistance, implicated…

The Vicious Cycle of High-Sugar Intake

Do you experience sugar cravings? Do you eat sweets or sugary beverages on a regular basis? Do you want to know why this might be? A recent study helps explain it. Researchers presented a study at the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging’s 2013 annual meeting that found that sugary drink intake in people with insulin resistance—the precursor to…

Mother’s Gut Balance Determines Baby’s Gut Balance

Gut bacterial balance during pregnancy—especially toward the end of pregnancy—is crucial because when a baby is born through the birth canal, the bacteria colonizing the mother are transferred to the infant where they begin to colonize the digestive tract. So, when a mother has a healthy balance of gut bacteria, baby will too, and vice versa. A recent study by…

Overdiagnosis of Reflux in Infants

Diagnosis of reflux in colicky infants is on the rise. Unfortunately, this means that doctor’s recommendation of acid-suppressing medication in infants is also on the rise. Is it that infants have more reflux than they did in the past, or are doctors overdiagnosing reflux (just as they do in adults)? According to a recent study published in the journal Pediatrics,…

Lower Blood Pressure in People Who Eat Gaspacho

High blood pressure is a major risk factor for the development of heart disease—particularly heart attack and stroke—nd is a sign of an underlying process known as silent inflammation, as I talk about on my new PBS show and book of the same name, Heart of Perfect Health. About 25 percent of the adult population has high blood pressure. Have…

An Apple a Day May Help Keep Heart Disease Away

The old proverb, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” rings true when you consider the healthy attributes of the apple. Apples are rich in antioxidants—nutrients that protect against the harmful effects of oxidative stress—especially when you include the peel. Also, the high fiber content of apples gives this fruit its digestive and heart health benefits. A recent study…

Diet High in Carbs Increased Risk of Cognitive Impairment

For years I have been recommending to people with intestinal imbalance—especially Candida overgrowth—a diet that avoids sugar and starchy carbohydrates. As it turns out, this diet is beneficial for much more than intestinal imbalance. A diet low in starchy carbohydrates and sugars has been found to be protective against certain conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and, according…

Successful Aging

As we get older it seems that staying healthy gets much more difficult. It’s harder to maintain a healthy weight. All forms of exercise seem more troublesome than they once were. And new health conditions seem to appear as the years add up. With so many people chasing the fountain of youth, it’s a hot area for research too. There…