The Good and Bad Bacteria Balance

There’s a bacterial balancing act going on inside your gut microbiome: the microorganisms in your intestinal tract. And you want them to be dominated by good bacteria (probiotics) that keep you healthy. Overpopulated, bad bacteria can cause bloating, diarrhea, constipation and other bowel disorders as well inhibit the absorption of nutrients that your body needs.Continue reading “The Good and Bad Bacteria Balance”

CoCoa LeafGreens and FloraFood: A Winning Combination

Cocoa and probiotics seem like an unlikely pair, but if you think about it, there was probably a time when peanut butter didn’t know jelly’s sweet embrace or when bacon was eggless. But a new study from the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry suggests that the gut microbiome interacts with cocoa flavanols and their confluence may help staveContinue reading “CoCoa LeafGreens and FloraFood: A Winning Combination”

3 Things You May Not Know About Your Gut

Your intestines and stomach, these often overlooked, workaday organs that thanklessly digest your food, may house unique forms of life, never before discovered by science. While not yet proven, researchers in Paris believe that hidden among our mostly uncatalogued gut flora are microbes with highly unusual DNA that may actually be a whole new category ofContinue reading “3 Things You May Not Know About Your Gut”

Diet Low in Soluble Fiber Linked to Weight Gain

Calories from high-fiber foods have been called “smart calories” because high-fiber foods such as vegetables, fruits and whole grains tend to be healthier and because fiber fills you up and keeps you feeling full.  Likely due to those reasons, a recent study has shown that a high-fiber diet is almost as effective as a calorie-restrictive oneContinue reading “Diet Low in Soluble Fiber Linked to Weight Gain”

An Overview of the Health Benefits Associated with Probiotics

Probiotics are living microorganisms that regulate the movement of food through the digestive system and are often used to supplement the treatment of several digestive diseases. Additionally, probiotics help balance intestinal pH and keep unfriendly and unwanted bacteria populations from thriving. Our gut flora does a number of  other beneficial bodily tasks like producing B vitamins,Continue reading “An Overview of the Health Benefits Associated with Probiotics”

If You Do These Five Things, You’re Gonna Need Some FloraFood

There are more microorganisms in your stomach than there are cells in your body. This fact might be mind-blowing to some people, but since I’ve always had a severe inferiority complex, I have somehow always just figured that my body is more valuable as real estate for bacteria than I am as a human person.Continue reading “If You Do These Five Things, You’re Gonna Need Some FloraFood”