New Studies Show Gut Bacteria Are “Mind-altering Microorganisms”

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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…)

True Health: After Reading This, You’ll Never Look at a Banana in the Same Way Again

Source – World Truth TV

This is interesting. After reading this, you’ll never look at a banana in the same way again. Bananas contain three natural sugars – sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy. Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world’s leading athletes. But energy isn’t the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.

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The Gut Has a Mind of Its Own: A Homeopathic Strategy to Uproot GI-Related Ills Healthy Living, Natural Remedies

http://takshzilabeta.com/blogs/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/gut_ii.jpgSince when do you think with your stomach? Since forever. And this applies to everyone: children, adults, even pets.

Presently, we flounder in the wake of a new trend where the gastrointestinal tract has been disturbed by drugs of commerce to a steroidal level.

I call it the post-modern medicine syndrome: we are in a post-antibiotic, post-birth control pill, post-steroid, post-health phase of human health. Two generations have now suffered in this climate of drug-induced illness, which we call iatrogenic disease.

We have traded our short-term acute ills, such as ear infections, sore throats, fevers, and zits for chronic illnesses: disorders such as ADHD, autism, Alzheimer’s, learning disabilities, and of course, food intolerances and allergies. The list goes on.

How did it happen? It’s a much simpler matter than it appears on the surface. One of the quickest ways to flip the switch from normal behavior and acceptable health to awful behavior and chronic illness is to employ one or all of these drugs and viola! A healthy GI tract to a disturbed GI tract. (more…)

Coconut Oil Benefits for Digestive Health

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…)

Is Apple Cider Vinegar That Powerful of a Health Tonic? Science Says Yes

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…)

5 Reasons Why You Should Eat LENTILS!

Lentils are a “super food” that Project Open Hand includes in nutritious meals, which help our clients fight illness and cope with the challenges of aging.

Here are 5 reasons you should eat more lentils:

1)   PROTECT YOUR DIGESTIVE SYSTEM – high in fiber
• Lentils are rich in dietary fiber, both the soluble and the insoluble type.  They are undigested, which means they will pass out of our bodies.
• Insoluble fiber encourages regular bowel movement and prevents constipation and helps prevent colon cancer.  While soluble fiber reduces the risk of heart disease and regulates blood sugar for people with diabetes.
• Men need at least 30 to 38g of fiber each day. Women need at least 20 to 25g of fiber each day.  And one cup of cooked lentils provides more than 15 grams of dietary fiber.

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Changing gut bacteria through diet affects brain function, UCLA study shows

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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…)

Are Big Pharma’s Drugs Making Your Heartburn Worse and Worse? Just Fix It with Surgery!

silent-acid-refluxNow they want to cut open your throat and install a metal ring with magnets, when the best and safest natural remedies cost pennies!

 

Gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD, affects at least 20% of adult men and women in the US population, according to the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders. It also occurs in children. It’s the backflow of stomach contents (usually accompanied by heartburn) into the esophagus, and can cause tissue damage which may eventually lead to cancer. This kind of cancer has been increasing rapidly and threatens to become an epidemic. There are reasons to think that current treatments for heartburn are directly leading to the cancer. (more…)

Is Your Health Suffering Because Of This Critical Mistake?

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.

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How to Promote Healthy Bowel Movements

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:

  1. A lowered risk of developing colorectal cancer, one of the most common types of cancer in industrialized countries.
  2. A lowered risk of experiencing irritable bowel syndrome, chronic constipation, and chronic diarrhea.
  3. A lowered risk of developing hemorrhoids.
  4. Less gas production.
  5. More efficient absorption of water and minerals.
  6. 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…)