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High Fiber Diet Protects Your Colon

High Fiber Diet Protects Your Colon

You hear the advice on a regular basis: “Eat more fiber.” Food labels are plastered with “high fiber” and “good source of fiber” everywhere you look. You probably know that fiber “helps you poop” when your bowels are sluggish, and you might have even heard that fiber is good for your heart—but did you know that a high fiber diet…

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…

Get Your Antioxidants from Fruits and Veggies

As often as I can, I try to emphasize that diet is 80 percent of the battle when you are dealing with health issues. In fact, diet is 80 percent of the battle always. Whether you are healthy, on the road to health, or seemingly so far from health you can’t even fathom it—diet is 80 percent of the battle.…

Does Parkinson’s Disease Originate in the Gut?

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is the most common serious movement disorder and second most common neurodegenerative disorder in the world (the first being Alzheimer’s disease).1,2 PD involves loss of neurons in the specific area of the brain that controls motor movement—the substantia nigra. Parkinson’s disease involves the gradual death of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra and the presence of Lewy…

Importance of Diet and Lifestyle on Gut Bacteria as We Age

As research of the gut microbiota continues, we are learning more about how our gut bacterial balance may affect our health—and we are also learning that there is still a lot that we don’t know! A recent study published in the journal Nature made some good strides towards our understanding of the gut microbiota in the elderly.1 The researchers determined…

Diet Affects Changes in the Gut Microbiota

  A new study, published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, demonstrated a connection between diet, and stool pH and bacterial levels in adults.1 The researchers studied stool samples from vegetarians, vegans, and omnivores. They found lower levels of potentially pathogenic bacteria, like E. coli, in people consuming the vegan or vegetarian diets. What they also found, in conjunction,…

Diet and the Gut

  The human gut is home to thousands of different bacterial species, totaling 100 trillion bacterial cells—that’s about four pounds of bacteria, or the weight of a brick. The composition of this bacterial population (also known as the gut microbiota), is currently being studied. Dr. Smith recently blogged on it. A new study by researchers from the University of Pennsylvania,…

Prenatal Omega-3 Status and Childhood Obesity

  According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) 12 percent of children aged 2 to 19 years are obese—triple the number it was in 1980. This increase is attributed, in part, to the Standard American Diet (SAD), a poor diet high in refined carbohydrates, bad fats, and sugar, and low in high-fiber foods like whole grains and fruits and…

Immune Balance—What Does that Mean?

  Guest Blog by Dr. Leonard Smith The immune system is a complex organization of coordinated responses to “foreign” invaders in the body. Foreign invaders include microbes—bacteria, fungus, parasites and viruses—as well as toxins and even food. As a matter of fact, one major role of the immune system is to not respond to food. As is seen with food…

Start Your Day with Fiber and Protein

Renew You Challenge Let’s start this week off right! Weekly challenge (I mean opportunity!) to help set you off on the right foot and in the right direction for bringing health to your week. You could even add it to your calendar. Join us! Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It gets you going in the morning…