Gut Bacteria Get Organized

Extensive research continues into the gut microbiome to learn even more about the role that bacteria play in the biology and health of human beings. One of the most recent accomplishments by an international team of scientists has to do with being bacterially organized. Their undertakings published in Nature Biotechnology are a bit mind boggling:Continue reading “Gut Bacteria Get Organized”

Proper Nutrition for You and Your Microbiota

You may wonder why you have to consider feeding not only yourself but your microbiota. Or is it your microbiome? It’s time for a defining moment. The fact of the matter is that microbiome and microbiota continue to be used interchangeably to mean the different kinds of bacteria, fungi, protozoa, viruses and other microorganisms thatContinue reading “Proper Nutrition for You and Your Microbiota”

Reinforce Your Bond with Good Bacteria

It’s funny that in the 1970s dietary fiber was defined as “the skeletal remains of plant cells that are resistant to digestion … .” 1 Fortunately, we have since learned that the indigestible part of plants is an essential nutrient that has a positive impact on the entire body, not just the digestive system. TheContinue reading “Reinforce Your Bond with Good Bacteria”

The Fiber Connection to Weight Loss

Going on the latest diet usually ends in failure. As for all the exercise options, research shows that it can lead to disappointment in regard to how little weight is actually lost. A 2012 study published in Obesity Reviews revealed that “weight loss resulting from an exercise intervention tends to be lower than predicted.” IfContinue reading “The Fiber Connection to Weight Loss”

4 Things You Should Know About the Microbiome

1 Antibiotics have a detrimental effect on the microbiome, destroying good bacteria along with those that cause infections. Many people take antibiotics for a cold or the flu, but both illnesses are caused by viruses that antibiotics cannot kill. Studies indicate long-lasting disruption of the microbiome even from short-term antibiotic use. Childhood exposure to antibioticsContinue reading “4 Things You Should Know About the Microbiome”

The Inner Workings of Fiber

The history of what is good and what is not good for you has definitely had its misleading moments over the course of time. This is especially true in regard to nutrition. One claim that misled people for nearly two centuries is that fiber is not important for maintaining your health. From the early 1800s,Continue reading “The Inner Workings of Fiber”

When Your Immune System Attacks . . . You!

The immune system is your body’s defense against attacks from organisms or substances that can make you sick. The primary defenders in this protective system are your white blood cells, leukocytes that include phagocytes and lymphocytes. Phagocytes envelop and destroy invasive elements, such as bacteria, dust and viruses. Lymphocytes remember invaders, allowing your body toContinue reading “When Your Immune System Attacks . . . You!”

The Brain-Bacteria Chatline (Part 2)

Part 2 of 2 Given the importance of microbiota population and diversity, it is interesting to understand how it all begins in the human body. Microbiome development is said to start as soon as someone is born, influenced even by the method of being delivered into the world. However, recent research indicates that a babyContinue reading “The Brain-Bacteria Chatline (Part 2)”

The Brain-Bacteria Chatline

Part 1 of 2 Science has only scratched the surface of the deep relationship between the human body and the microbiome and microbiota, the trillions of microbes that inhabit the human gut. This myriad of microorganisms includes archaea, bacteria, eukaryotes, fungi and viruses. Research is also suggesting that there is communication coming from within thisContinue reading “The Brain-Bacteria Chatline”

Nutritiously Smooth Smoothies

AIM products take healthy beverages to a whole new nutritional level, and there’s no limit to the variety of smoothie creations you can make. AIM Star Sapphire Director Leré Robinson features a fine selection of recipes on her Alive Again website— http://www.aliveagainonline.com. The follow­­ing taste of the tropics with a LeafGreens variation is one ofContinue reading “Nutritiously Smooth Smoothies”