Tag: prebiotics

Summer Diet Reboot

Summer Diet Reboot

When the weather starts warming up in spring, we get inspired to lose a few pounds so that we’ll look great when it’s time to get into a swimsuit. But that plan often goes awry when summer begins. Longer days bring vacations and celebrations—and extra opportunities to eat enticing treats (often sweet) that pack on weight. Next thing you know,…

Healthy Colon Action Steps for a Happy Life!

Healthy Colon Action Steps for a Happy Life!

There are many ways to look directly at the gut connection to cancer. I believe the most important information you can receive is how to support and maintain a healthy colon. I realize now that in these four posts honoring Colon Cancer Awareness Month I have only scratched the surface of the information I would love to share with you. Over…

4 Ways to Fuel Weight Loss

4 Ways to Fuel Weight Loss

As we say goodbye to the month of January, and begin to notice Valentine’s Day candy donning the grocery store shelves, I hope that your New Year’s resolutions to shift your dietary choices have not waned! No Peeps for you! With that thought in mind, I wanted to share 4 things that will most definitely fuel your weight loss. Let’s say…

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…

Prebiotics May Help Reduce Infection in Young Children

On average, children in the United States develop six respiratory tract infections each year. Another infection—gastroenteritis, also known as the stomach flu—accounts for over 1.5 million outpatients visits, 200,000 hospital visits, and about 300 deaths each year. Together, these infections account for a considerable degree of illness in children. If you are a parent, you are familiar with the frequency…

Prebiotics Alter Microbiota and Modify Brain Chemistry—More Gut-Brain Connection Evidence

Prebiotics are soluble fibers that feed beneficial bacteria and lead to an increase in those bacteria along with a decrease in potentially harmful bacteria. Prebiotics can be found in food, certain fiber supplements, and in prebiotic supplements (which are fiber supplements, by nature, although may not be labeled as such). A recent study published in the journal Neurochemistry International found…

Gut Microbe Imbalance Linked to Colon Cancer

The gut bacteria composition of people at risk for colorectal cancer differs from that of healthy people, according to a recent study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.1 Researchers from the New York University School of Medicine analyzed stool samples from 141 patients—47 of which had colorectal cancer—and found lower bacterial diversity in patients with colon cancer.…

Gut Microbes and L-carnitine—Good or Bad for You?

A recent study has got many people talking about the potential benefits—or detriments, depending which side you’re on—of L-carnitine for heart health. The study, by Cleveland Clinic and published in Nature Medicine, found a link between increased blood levels of TMAO (trimethylamine N-oxide, a metabolite of L-carnitine produced in the gut by certain bacteria) and an increased risk of cardiovascular…

Dysbiosis in IBD—Nitrates the Culprit?

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) involves dysbiosis, or an imbalance of beneficial to harmful bacteria in the intestines.1 Specifically, obligate anaerobic bacteria are depleted and the facultative anaerobic bacteria Enterobacteriacea increase. A recent study has found one way in which this dysbiosis develops.2 Researchers from UC Davis discovered that the potentially harmful Enterobacteriacea—specifically, E. coli—use nitrate to grow. Nitrate is formed…

Probiotics + Prebiotics = Constipation Relief

Probiotics are friendly bacteria that are beneficial to the person consuming them. Prebiotics are soluble fibers that increase the amount of beneficial bacteria in the gut. In essence, prebiotics act as food for the probiotics, helping to support their growth. Taking the two supplements together is often recommended as a way to optimize gut bacterial balance and improve digestive health.…