Probiotics Sweeten Outcomes for Type 2 Diabetics

Guest BloggerFrom The Gut

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Diabetes causes about 1.5 million deaths worldwide according to the World Health Organization. And a host of other threats—amputations, kidney failure, heart disease, vision problems and depression—await those living with diabetes. Most diabetics weren’t born with faulty blood sugar control. Nearly 90% have Type 2 diabetes or T2DM, a condition resulting from impaired insulin production and insulin resistance. Lifestyle factors—exercise … Read More

In Two-Thirds of Patients, Meds for Stomach Acids Overused

Guest BloggerFrom The Gut

Just a few decades ago, a nip of baking soda was all you used for annoying stomach acids. Today, a multi-billion dollar industry hawks antacids, histamine (H2) blockers, and proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) across vast shelves in drugstores,  supermarkets and warehouse stores. Snake oil or wonder drugs? Clearly, these popular remedies are effective at neutralizing stomach acids. If acid backwash coats the esophagus too often … Read More

In Colon Cancer, Probiotics Pay It Forward

Guest BloggerFrom The Gut

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Why are rates of colon cancer (CRC) rising across the globe? Much blame goes to the “Western diet” with its red meat, processed foods and low fiber content, a deadly menu now exported into the remotest regions of the earth. Of course, our “Western medicine” via colonoscopy can find polyps and laser them out before cancer takes hold; prevention of … Read More

After a Bumper Crop, Ferment Those Vegetables for Probiotic Goodies

Guest BloggerFrom The Gut

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Vegetables are the hard-working heroes on the menu. Loaded with fiber, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytochemicals and more, vegetables can do no wrong. Unless of course if they are dosed in pesticides while growing. Or when deep-fried or slathered in butter: French fries are the most popular vegetable in America! Respect the pure goodness in vegetables. Eat them raw, steamed, or … Read More

WANTED: Probiotics, Dead or Alive

Guest BloggerFrom The Gut

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Much is made of the surviving numbers of live bacteria reaching our guts, whether through food or supplements. Yes,  live probiotics taking seed and growing into vigorous colonies promise to be good neighbors across the spectrum of health for humans. But much like a life well-lived, good things can follow in the wake of even dead probiotics. Metabolites alone can … Read More

In Obesity, Prebiotics Put the Complex in Carbohydrates

Guest BloggerFrom The Gut

Obesity and its prime bedfellows (diabetes and heart disease) are epidemic. Obviously a calorie is not always just a calorie. In recent decades, science has been moving fast to discover links to microbes. Enough evidence now shows that the microbiota is different in obese and normal weight people though the details are hazy. Alert the media! Prebiotics or indigestible complex … Read More

Probiotics Resource Center at SupplySide West 2017

Guest BloggerFrom The Gut, News

 September 25-29, 2017 • Expo Hall September 27 & 28 Mandalay Bay, 3950 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV PROBIOTICS RESOURCE CENTER The Probiotics Resource Center, organized in association with the International Probiotics Association (IPA) and sponsored by Nutrasource Pharmaceutical and Nutraceutical Services , offers SupplySide West attendees a high-profile location to learn about key issues in the probiotics … Read More

Preventing Eczema by Changing Your Microbes

Guest BloggerFrom The Gut

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There may not be an “x” in eczema, but extreme itching and inflammation spell out this painful disease most common in infants and children. Quick review: Eczema is an allergic response to foreign substances, often food; it falls under the medical umbrella of atopic dermatitis, along with asthma. Prevalence of allergic responses is rising globally. Enter the microbiome, which when … Read More

Microbes Impact Brain Development in Infants

Guest BloggerFrom The Gut

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If you’re already plotting your baby’s admission into Harvard, don’t neglect her microbes. Gut microbiota may be your child’s best teacher. A little background: 100 trillion microbes share your body. Their move-in date is now thought to have begun when you were under construction in the womb. During and after birth and with those first months of rich nutrition, the … Read More

Dry Eyes Syndrome: Could Probiotics be One Solution?

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As we age, tears fall less often. Do we become world-weary, jaded? Perhaps, but the most common reason actually has a name in the medical lexicon: Dry Eyes Syndrome (DES). Modern life can cause dry eyes: airplanes, air conditioners and computer screens are big culprits. Yet several groups are more likely to feel the discomfort of DES: People over 50 … Read More