Caesarean Delivery Linked to Obesity

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  Each person’s microbial map is unique. Some lead to excess kilos on the scale.   From the beginning: Your mother’s earliest choices design your blend. If delivered naturally, your mother’s birth canal is the first place microbes jump aboard. But if delivered by caesarean, newborns miss out on the mother’s mix of microbes and instead populate with pirate microbes: those belonging to the … Read More

Cold Comfort

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  The nagging cough and stuffy nose–the  downsides of living among people and pollutants–are strangers to only the lucky few. Yet, most probiotic research involving respiratory conditions has focused on vulnerable subsets of the population: infants, the elderly, the sedentary or even the elite athlete facing extreme physical stress.  Probiotics may reduce the rate, severity and duration of the illness, according … Read More

Probiotics Gain in Popularity

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Recent survey results  on supplement usage are worth a look. In more than 10,000 users of dietary supplements, use of calcium, vitamin C and even fish oil, the most popular supplement, decreased. Probiotics usage increased in men, numbers which brought them more even with women. The authors of this study at ConsumerLab.com had this posted about the results: “The changes … Read More

Antibiotics Outdo Probiotics at Surgical Incisions

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One peril of any surgery is the risk of infection. In many cases, an IV antibiotic given immediately before the cutting as well as a course of oral antibiotics the week before is protocol. A recent study from Tokai University in Japan asked whether probiotics could manage infectious agents just as well. Undergoing surgery for colon cancer, 310 patients were … Read More

Bone Up on Probiotics

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One rarely thinks of bone when listing the helpful roles of probiotics in the body. Rather gut-related processes point to more obvious roles in allergies, inflammatory conditions and bowel disorders. Yet data from both animals and humans suggest that microbiota are contributors to strong bone health. This would be welcomed as many millions of older adults—primarily post-menopausal women—suffer from osteoporosis, … Read More

Probiotics Don’t Like Junk Food

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Probiotics are the “good bacteria” which line the gut. If we treat them well and feed them what they need—prebiotics–probiotics work with us in myriad capacities, many just coming to light now in labs across the world.  The many potential health benefits of probiotics include effects in immunity, weight management, cancers, skin conditions, allergies and others. Probiotics plus prebiotic = … Read More

Colostrum, A Mother’s First Gift

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Mother Nature is not only magical but punctual as well. Minutes after giving birth, a new mother is producing nutrients for the newborn. The first milk, called colostrum, is less than appetizing: thick and yellow rather than milky white. Some women in Africa are warned that it may cause illness and therefore  throw it out with the trash. Bad idea. … Read More

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

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Just knowing you have a gut teeming with healthy bacteria may stave off anxiety. But wait, new research suggests those microbes may actually alleviate stress. One report, in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences outlined how mice consuming broth mixed with a strain of Lactobacillus rhamnosus  responded. The rodents showed less anxiety and stress but also produced less … Read More

Praise for Unsung Sauerkraut

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Sauerkraut—literally “sour cabbage” in Deutsch-speak—is a super food packed with nutrition and is especially loved in Germany and eastern European countries. One cup of sauerkraut (approximately 150 g) contains 32 calories, 4 grams of fiber, 35% Percent Daily Value (DV) of needed Vitamin C,  12%DV iron plus vitamin B6, folate, calcium, potassium, and copper.  If that weren’t enough, untreated sauerkraut … Read More

Drug-Induced Obesity Linked to Microbiota

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Weight gain is a common side effect of anti-psychotic medications. First-generation drugs as well as many popular second-generation can lead to considerable weight gain, often thrusting people of normal weight into obesity in less than a year. Recently, a body of research has thrust our gut microbes into the spotlight along with obesity: in particular, obese people have been reported … Read More