Tag: total-body health

Probiotics Boost Gut Health in Athletes

Gastrointestinal complaints such as nausea, cramps, vomiting, and diarrhea are common among athletes. This is thought to be due to the change in blood flow during intense exercise—blood is diverted from digestion to the heart and muscles where it is needed. The decrease in blood flow to the intestines during intense exercise is known to increase intestinal permeability, or leaky…

Gut Bacteria and Immunity

Renew You Challenge Let’s start this week off right!  Here is your newest 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!  As science works out the details of the huge influence exerted by…

Green Coffee Bean—Not Your Morning Cup of Joe

Weight loss is one of the biggest concerns of, well, most of us. With over two-thirds of people in the United States overweight and one-third obese, weight loss is a big issue. I have always said that diet is the main factor of addressing any health issue, and weight loss is certainly included. I have also said that a healthy…

Madonna’s Digestion

  Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Did you hear about Madonna’s diet? It’s full of fermented foods rich in probiotic bacteria to which her personal chef attributes Madonna’s excellent health. “The diet that Madonna is following is very sensible,” stated David Topping, chief food-nutrition researcher at Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization in Adelaide, Australia, “The bacteria that live…

Gut Bacteria and Allergies

Gut health is the foundation upon which total-body health is built. That is the message Brenda and I have been promoting since the beginning. Over the years, scientific support of this message has grown substantially, especially with regard to the effect of gut bacteria on many aspects of health. A new study published in the journal Nature Medicine has further…

Sugar Is Toxic

A recent 60 Minutes segment with Sanjay Gupta will hopefully open the eyes of many people who might not otherwise be exposed to such important information on the toxic effects of sugar. They emphasized that sugar—in the way people consume it today—is a toxin and could be a driving force behind such diseases and heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and…

Antibiotic Overuse in Children

In pediatric medicine, antibiotics are among the most commonly prescribed medications, with more than 30 million prescriptions written each year. A recent study analyzed antibiotic prescribing patterns in outpatient visits in the United States between 2006 and 2008. Antibiotics were prescribed in 21 percent of visits. Respiratory conditions accounted for most of the prescriptions (72 percent). Prescriptions for broad-spectrum antibiotics,…

Leaky Gut Associated with Belly Fat

Belly fat, or visceral adipose tissue (VAT), is the fat that accumulates around the organs in the abdomen. It is strongly related to metabolic disorders including insulin resistance, fatty liver and inflammation. Because of the close proximity of belly fat to the intestines, and the ability of gut bacterial toxins to affect inflammation outside the gut, the relationship of increased…

Probiotics + Prebiotics and Infant Eczema/Asthma

  The atopic diseases of childhood—Eczema, asthma and rhinitis (nasal allergies)—are increasingly more common, especially in developed countries like the US. One of the main explanations for this increase is known as the Hygiene Hypothesis (I’ve mentioned it before.) The Hygiene Hypothesis states that children who grow up in ultra-clean environments lack the immune-building contact with everyday microbes. This lack…