P–biotic Confusion?

Sales of probiotics have continued to skyrocket over the years among health-conscious individuals. At the same time, an August 2021 survey of 1,004 people revealed that only a small percentage of them understood the relationship of probiotics to a healthy microbiome as well as optimally functioning digestive and immune systems. Overall, there was limited awarenessContinue reading “P–biotic Confusion?”

4 for Immune Support

Your immune system is the first line of defense that protects you from harm from the inside out and the outside in. Regular intake of wholesome food that is primarily plant-based is one of the best ways that you can personally assist this defense system. Topping off healthy nourishment with nutrition that works adds supplementaryContinue reading “4 for Immune Support”

Classified Fiber

The Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University really knows how to break down fiber from indigestible terminology: puns intended. It’s not surprising. Since 1996, this research institute has investigated “the function and role of  micronutrients, phytochemicals, and other constituents of food in maintaining human health and preventing and treating disease.” And fiber is definitelyContinue reading “Classified Fiber”

AIM for a High-Fiber Intake

Everything old is new again, including theories on the benefits of fiber. In 2019, The Lancet revisited the 1969 hypothesis of Denis Burkitt, aka Fiber Man: modern health issues are related to low-fiber intakes.Burkitt recommended at least 50 grams of fiber daily based on his experiences in Africa, where he treated middle-aged Ugandans who consumedContinue reading “AIM for a High-Fiber Intake”

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”