Tag: Intestine

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…

Watch My Segment on Leaky Gut on The American Health Journal

Have you heard the term “leaky gut” but didn’t really understand what it meant? Recently I explained leaky gut in detail and how it relates to silent inflammation and heart disease on The American Health Journal, airing on Public Television in different markets nationally. You can watch the entire segment below: [vimeo 74309037 500 375] Let’s face it. Most people…

Breast Milk—And Not Infant Formula—Promotes Beneficial Biofilm

Bacteria in the digestive tract exist in two main ways—First, within a polysaccharide matrix known as a biofilm that adheres to the intestinal lining or to digestive contents, or second, floating in a non-adherent manner as single cells. In the natural world, 99 percent of all bacteria exist as biofilms,1 so the study of biofilms in the gut is proving…

Cracking the Gut Microbial Code: Are We There Yet?

“In the future, when you walk into a doctor’s surgery or hospital, you could be asked not just about your allergies and blood group, but also about your gut type.” This is a quote from ScienceDaily (Apr. 21, 2011) referring to a recent article in Nature Magazine. The study, published in Nature, also uncovers microbial genetic markers that are related…

Good heart health begins in your mouth

“Renew You” Challenge – This weekly challenge is about how heart health begins in your mouth. Your digestive tract (what I like to call the gut) begins in your mouth. The thought, smell or sight of food triggers the release of amylase enzymes in the mouth to begin the digestion of carbohydrates. The chewing process is also important for the…

Vitamin D – Another Friend to Your Gut Bacteria

Sure, we hear all the time about the benefits of vitamin C, vitamin A, and of course all those good-for-you B vitamins, but chances are you’ve been hearing lately about another vitamin too—one that’s also important for your body and your health: vitamin D. Research shows that vitamin D helps with a wide range of health conditions, but unfortunately most…

Tomorrow on the Poop Scoop: IBS and Other Intestinal Disorders

Irritable Bowel? Diarrhea? Painful gas and bloating? This might come as a surprise, but as many as one in every five Americans suffers from IBS or some other intestinal disorder—and just like you they’re searching for relief. But conventional medicine may not always be the answer, especially if doctors aren’t looking deeply enough to get to the root of the…