Blood sugar levels can take a beating during pregnancy. The stress of incubating a new human is considerable. While recent studies show probiotics may help with control for normal weight pregnant women, little is known how probiotics may affect obese pregnant women. Researchers at the National … [Read more...] about Can Probiotics Unsweeten the Deal?
If as far as you’ve ever gotten with miso was a simple soup before sushi, get ready to enchant your taste buds. Miso sounds straightforward: a paste made from fermented soybeans, used by Chinese people over 2000 years ago. Later, the Japanese got creative and added rice to make a sweet miso or … [Read more...] about Miso More Than Soup
Vaginal infections are one of the most common reasons women head to the doctor or pharmacy. Antibiotics can challenge the culprit—most often Gardnerella vaginalis, a bacterium named for its home invasion address—but all too often the infection returns with a vengeance. Healthy premenopausal women … [Read more...] about Gardnerella Not as Pretty as They Sound
Like children, probiotics must be fed. That’s where prebiotics come in. With technical names like inulin, dextrin and oligosaccharides, prebiotics sound less than appetizing, akin to feeding a human a carbohydrate and amino acid sandwich. Yet all sorts of delicious foods stack up as great feeders … [Read more...] about Probiotics Are Picky Eaters
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 … [Read more...] about Caesarean Delivery Linked to Obesity
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 … [Read more...] about Cold Comfort