Did you know that you have ten times as many bacteria cells in your body as you do human ones? Humans are, for all intents and purposes, “bacteria powered” (as the t-shirt above on my beautiful friend Courtney suggests).
While this is old news for many who’ve experienced the benefits of a living, probiotic-rich diet first hand, scientists have only recently begun studying the gut-brain connection with more depth.
What they’re finding out is positively fascinating!
A recent segment on NPR delved into much of the latest research.
Brain Scans Prove Connection Between Gut Microbiomes and Mood (more…)
by Brian and Marianita Shilhavy
Digestive Health and Weight Gain
When we are eating healthy whole foods with the absence of highly refined carbohydrates, weight gain should not be a problem. However, many people who have switched over to healthy diets, and have even limited their carbohydrate intake, still have problems losing weight. One reason is because many Americans suffer from some kind of digestive disorder that prevents them from properly digesting their food. Without a properly working digestive system, essential vitamins and minerals that are necessary to maintain proper weight may not be absorbed adequately from the foods we eat, even if we are eating healthy foods. (more…)
One of the most traditional cures for almost anything is apple cider vinegar. Over the centuries, the ancient folk remedy is touted to relieve just about any ailment you can think of including diabetes, obesity and even cancer. Here’s what science has found.
Apple cider vinegar (ACV) became well known in the U.S. in the late 1950s, when it was promoted in the best-selling book Folk Medicine: A Vermont Doctor’s Guide to Good Health by D. C. Jarvis. During the alternative medicine boom of recent years, apple cider vinegar and apple cider vinegar pills have become a popular dietary supplement. (more…)
UCLA researchers now have the first evidence that bacteria ingested in food can affect brain function in humans. In an early proof-of-concept study of healthy women, they found that women who regularly consumed beneficial bacteria known as probiotics through yogurt showed altered brain function, both while in a resting state and in response to an emotion-recognition task.
The study, conducted by scientists with UCLA’s Gail and Gerald Oppenheimer Family Center for Neurobiology of Stress and the Ahmanson–Lovelace Brain Mapping Center at UCLA, appears in the current online edition of the peer-reviewed journal Gastroenterology. (more…)
Here’s an e-mail that I received over the weekend from a fellow who I consulted for this past winter:
“Hey Dr. Ben:
To follow up, I am ecstatic to report that everything, and I mean EVERYTHING has gotten better since we last spoke.
I have been religious about not snacking after dinner. You know that I was skeptical that this alone could fix my belly, but I stand humbled.
I have lost 28 pounds and counting, but what stands out is how comfortable I feel inside. Gone is the bloating and no more stomach pain. I wake up feeling better rested, just like you said I would.
You called it profound simplicity and I can’t agree more. I’m not reaching when I say that you’ve changed my life for the better.
You have full permission to share this in your newsletter. Call me a believer! (more…)
To have healthy bowel movements, it’s essential that you support colon and rectal health with all of your daily choices. Keeping these areas clean and healthy provides the following benefits:
- A lowered risk of developing colorectal cancer, one of the most common types of cancer in industrialized countries.
- A lowered risk of experiencing irritable bowel syndrome, chronic constipation, and chronic diarrhea.
- A lowered risk of developing hemorrhoids.
- Less gas production.
- More efficient absorption of water and minerals.
- A feeling of lightness, comfort, and well-being in your abdominal region.
Before we discuss specific choices that you can make to keep your colorectal region healthy and to have comfortable bowel movements, let’s review some basic anatomy and physiology of this area.
Your colon and rectum are collectively referred to as your large intestine, which is the last part of your digestive tract.
A Journey Through Your Large Intestine (more…)