Probiotics and Weight Management: A Promising New Study

Do probiotics have a role to play in weight management? With obesity on the rise, it’s a question researchers are taking seriously. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that one-third of adults in the U.S. are clinically obese and about 17 percent of children. Those are alarming statistics when you consider the health implications that come with being overweight. The medical community is scrambling for answers to the obesity epidemic. While it is still unclear the effect probiotics have on weight management, there is a new study that suggests the right microbes may have anti-obesity benefits. The Epidemic…. [Read More…]

Hope in a World Full of Antibiotic Resistance – What You Don’t Know May Kill You

The world is headed for an apocalypse but not the kind you see in sci-fi films. Scientists fear the rise in drug-resistant infections is becoming a global health problem. It may indicate a tipping point in the fight again drug-resistance – one that could return us to the age that existed before antibiotics. The medical industry changed the day pharmacologist Sir Alexander Fleming noticed that a fungus produced by the genus Penicillium killed off certain kinds of bacteria. Since that time, researchers have understood that evolution would render antibiotics ineffective at some point. Like all organisms, bacteria adapt to the…. [Read More…]

The Latest Research on the Gut-Brain Connection

If you have ever felt butterflies in your stomach or experienced a queasy feeling, or even had a ‘gut feeling’, then you know that there is a real connection between your gut and your brain. Many refer to the gut as the body’s “second brain” because of the complicated network of nerves in the digestive tract. This network of nerves, known as the enteric nervous system (ENS), regulates digestion and sends messages to the brain regarding the status of the gastrointestinal tract. The ENS can also alter brain health, affecting your thoughts and feelings. Scientists have known about the connection…. [Read More…]

6 Easy to Find ‘Superfoods’ for Better Health

You see it in the media all the time – superfoods. Unless food can wear a cape and leap tall buildings, the word has little technical meaning. It is a buzzword adopted to celebrate the health benefits of certain “super” foods, but it says little about healthy eating for the average nutrition-conscious consumer. While it is true that some foods are better choices for one reason or another, it’s overall diet that matters most to health. A balanced diet consists of lean protein, healthy carbohydrates and plenty of fruits and vegetables. If you can sprinkle in a handful of these…. [Read More…]