Bifidobacterium infantis: A Healthy Probiotic Strain

With all the talk about probiotics, you’ve probably–at one point or another–considered supplementing. The idea of consuming bacteria, however, may seem a bit alien to most people, simply because they’ve been brainwashed to believe all bacteria is bad. The praising of antibiotics and antibacterials in mainstream culture has simply perpetuated this myth. Probiotics, on the other hand, are … Continue reading Bifidobacterium infantis: A Healthy Probiotic Strain

Common IBS Symptoms and the Best Natural Remedies

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), also known as mucous colitis or spastic colon, is a chronic gastrointestinal (GI) disorder. Put simply, that means that your bowels behave abnormally without evidence of damage from the disease. IBS affects 10 to 15 percent of adults in the U.S. and can significantly compromise their quality of life.[1] What Causes … Continue reading Common IBS Symptoms and the Best Natural Remedies

13 Common Foods That Can Cause Constipation

Most health authorities define constipation as having fewer than three bowel movements in a week. In my experience as a health care professional, I believe this to be a gross underestimate and a telling indication of just how unhealthy the average American diet has become. You should have a minimum of two bowel movements every … Continue reading 13 Common Foods That Can Cause Constipation

5 Colon Cleansing Celebrities

Many people look to celebrities to see what trends are emerging. Style, fashion, and even health decisions are based on what famous folk are up to. It has become increasingly trendy to partake in a colon cleanse and many “A” list celebrities have been open about the type of cleanse they do and the results … Continue reading 5 Colon Cleansing Celebrities

What Are Osmotic Laxatives?

Constipation is often associated with straining, hard stools, infrequent bowel movements, and feelings of incomplete evacuation. Ideally, relief can be obtained through dietary and lifestyle changes. However, when these measures do not provide relief, many people turn to laxatives- osmotic laxatives in particular. There are many different kinds of laxatives available and they operate differently. … Continue reading What Are Osmotic Laxatives?

The Role of Probiotics and the Gut Microbiome

Many people don’t realize a healthy gut does far more than handle digestion. Research into the gut microbiome is revealing startling results, showing its effects on the immune system, obesity, allergies, and mood. Nutrition plays a firm role in gut flora quality and quantity. In fact, certain foods contain “prebiotics” that feed beneficial gut bacteria. The more … Continue reading The Role of Probiotics and the Gut Microbiome

What Does Stool Color Mean?

We can learn a lot from poop. Seriously, hear me out. What comes out can tell us a lot about what’s going on inside. Color, consistency, appearance, and odor are all indications of how healthy, or unhealthy, you are. Think of it like reading tea leaves, except with hard science to back it up. So … Continue reading What Does Stool Color Mean?

Read This Before Going Gluten-Free

There’s little doubt you’ve encountered someone who’s gone gluten-free, and perhaps you yourself have ditched the maligned protein. Gluten has been vilified by many alternative health professionals and a dietary movement has begun. The research shows gluten has many downsides and very few benefits. In fact, it’s harmful to gut, brain, or digestive health. [1] But before giving up … Continue reading Read This Before Going Gluten-Free

4 Toxins That Are Destroying Your Gut Health

Many people don’t realize just how important gut bacteria is for their health. Your gut is home to over one trillion bacteria, and in order to keep things running smoothly those bacteria need to stay healthy. But, there are many, many things out there that can upset gut balance. 4 Toxins That Destroy Gut Health Your … Continue reading 4 Toxins That Are Destroying Your Gut Health

3 Ways Sugar and Artificial Sweeteners Affect Gut Health

Right now, your gut is swimming with bacteria—good and bad. Maintaining a good balance between the two is key to helping you stay healthy. One of the ways to support that is to give your gut flora supportive food, not detrimental. Sugar and artificial sweeteners can affect your gut health in some not-so-friendly ways. You probably have … Continue reading 3 Ways Sugar and Artificial Sweeteners Affect Gut Health