Archives for September 2014

Microbiota 101

We talk a lot about the gut microbiota, but what exactly is it? Understanding what the microbiota are, and how they play a role in your overall health will offer insight into why it’s so necessary to protect their delicate balance in our digestive systems. Microbiota simply defined are, “the microorganisms of a particular site, habitat, or geological period.” Microorganisms include bacteria, fungi, protozoa and even some algae, but in the case of the human gut, these microorganisms are mostly bacteria. Role of Microbiota in the Gut Our microbiota build communities within our digestive system. Scientists are still learning more…. [Read More…]

Feeling Down? It Could Be Seasonal

As the weather changes, it can start to really affect your mood. For some people, the lack of sunlight and increased time inside can spark a deeper issue than just the winter blues. A depression sparked by the season is called Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) – sometimes referred to as seasonal depression. Symptoms of SAD include: Depression Hopelessness Anxiety Loss of energy Heavy, “leaden” feeling in the arms or legs Social withdrawal Oversleeping Loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed Appetite changes, especially a craving for foods high in carbohydrates Weight gain Difficulty concentrating SAD can affect anyone, but…. [Read More…]

School Is in Session and Germs are on Roll Call!

School is back in session and that means your children will once again be exposed to more germs.  Being around more people means more contact with airborne and touch transmitted germs and infections.  There’s little you can do about the increase in germs around kids, but there are a few things that can help lessen the risk of germ-induced sickness. The best place to encourage healthy hygiene habits is at home. Explain to your kids how germs can make them sick and why they need to protect themselves through habits like hand washing. A fun learning trick one kindergarten teacher…. [Read More…]

Probiotics For Digestive Balance In Children

Probiotics dispel the notion that all bacteria are bad – the human gut is a sanctuary for trillions of friendly bacteria. In fact, evidence is growing that gut friendly bacteria can relieve some of the intestinal symptoms that kids commonly experience. Almost every child will experience occasional tummy upset at some point during their childhood. Probiotics help restore intestinal balance by populating a child’s gut with “friendly” gut bacteria. Research has focused on whether strains of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium play a role in digestive and immune health. Some studies suggest these probiotic strains may reduce the frequency and shorten the…. [Read More…]