Tag Archives: Probiotics

Do you know about the vitamin D-sunlight and gut connection?

It’s not uncommon for many people to say that they suffer assorted symptoms, such as lethargy and depression, as the days get shorter but new research shows that the lack of sunlight affects so much more. There appears to be a connection between skin exposure to UVB light and the microbiome – that mix of […]

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Why not make your own fermented food to reap microbial benefits?

  It seems like not a day goes by without hearing of the health benefits of healthy bacteria. But as is often the case, we look to quick fixes for a healthy microbiome (that collection of trillions of bacteria in your gut). Many turn to a probiotic supplement, perhaps, or a probiotic yogurt and bam, […]

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Sodium complicit in undermining gut bacteria – collusion

We’ve all heard it so many times: the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Considering both mounting scientific research and gender equality, it really should now be changed to a person‘s heart. It seems the gut, whether you’re a male or female, with its diverse collection of bacteria (a.k.a. the microbiome) plays […]

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Your questions answered: What’s your take on kefir and probiotics?

Q: “What is your take on Kefir? Sounds good, but aren’t the bacteria killed by the stomach acids? What is the current treatment for gastrointestinal upsets, to get the balance back in the gut? Thanks.”, asks Enlightened Eater reader, Vicky Dekker. A: Kefir, a fermented milk drink that’s originally from the Caucasus Mountains (between Asia […]

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Can whole grains improve your microbiome?

When it comes to health news, everywhere you turn you hear about the health promoting effects of a healthy microbiome – those trillions of beneficial bacteria in your gut. Research is showing that the health perks may extend from head to toe including risks for many chronic diseases and may even have an impact on […]

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Your Facebook questions answered: Is modern wheat toxic?

“Recently a dietitian friend of mine posted The Myth of Big, Bad Gluten by Moises Velasquez-Manoff on Facebook. One comment that came back to her was: “This article did not address the genetically modified wheat of today. That is why our bodies are recognizing wheat as a toxin/foreign substance, because it is not as natural […]

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Preserved Lemons: a fermented food with perks

I first tasted preserved lemons on an Oldways trip almost 20 years ago when a group of us – food writers, nutritionists, chefs and food historians – explored the Mediterranean Diet through traditional foods of Morocco. As is standard for these Oldways culinary explorations, the top experts on the subject were there to provide detailed […]

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Sorting through pro and prebiotics

Are you confused by the terms probiotics and prebiotics? If so, you’re not alone.   In part 3 of my posts on our microbiota, the spotlight is on probiotics and prebiotics. Probiotics is the introduction of certain  beneficial strains of bacteria through various foods or supplements and it’s a segment of the marketplace  which seems to […]

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