Is This Strain of Probiotics “The One”?

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A recent study from Japan published in the British Journal of Nutrition found an 8.5% reduction in abdominal area fat over a 12-week period. A 2010 study published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed results about half as good... that’s still pretty good in my book.

 

This study looked at just one strain called Lactobacillus gasseri SBT2055 (LG2055). But before you clear your schedule to find a product containing just this one strain, let me give you my take on it. Scientific studies are great at isolating one thing, testing that one thing in a well controlled, unbiased manner, and then reporting the results. That’s the way it’s done and that’s the way it should be done. However, it’s the interpretations and resulting actions that leave me scratching my head sometimes.

 

Our bodies contain over 100 trillion bacteria! This number ALWAYS makes me pause. It’s truly beyond the reach of my little brain to fully grasp. By comparison, in 2005,...

Fab Five, Part 1

*** This article is from an email I sent to our customers a little while back, so Brock is just fine now.***   My youngest son hit his head this morning hard enough to send us to the emergency room. Sitting in the waiting room right now seems like the perfect place to start this email, since I’m surrounded by sick people.   Everyday I’m asked for recommendations, so I thought it might be helpful to write about a group of supplements that everyone should consider and why... we’ll call it the “Fab Five”. I’ll just cover 1 supplement every few days and keep it short. I’m not going to go into too much depth, so just email me if you have any questions.   Probiotics - a few trillion of our closest friends These are the friendly bacteria that have been getting so much attention in yogurt commercials recently. Now I know digestion is not a very sexy topic, but it’s important... more important than most people know. Many Nutritionists and Naturopaths call the gut “Mom”, since it’s job is to take care of us. Others say that 70% of our...

Candida – Carbs, Corn and Candex… What the Heck is Candex?

Candida can cause brain fog, fatigue, a whole host of other illnesses and of course yeast infections.  A full 75% of women will develop a yeast infection (Candida albicans) in their lifetime and many women will battle this over and over again.  Now either these single celled yeasts got clever and unionized or something else is going on. Normally Candida albicans lives harmlessly in perfect harmony with the rest of our intestinal flora, but like most things, we are our own worst enemy.  We set the stage by creating the right environment for Candida to flourish.  Overuse of antibiotics kill off good bacteria and make room for more yeast.  Yeast feeds on sugar and we help to the tune of 135 pounds per year... that's over 5 times as much as we consumed 20 years ago.  Other factors like stress, poor digestion, alcohol and oral contraceptives all play a role in creating this yeast friendly environment.

So what can we do?

We can all start by limiting our sugar intake.  Add more fresh greens to your...

Probiotics: Good For Your Stomach, Body, And Your Soul?

Probiotics are living organisms introduced into the body usually in the form of bacteria via food or supplements. The introduction of these organisms helps to regulate the body's natural acid balance and gut flora. Infection, disease, stress, and nutritional choices may have a negative effect on a person's ability to maintain necessary balance in the intestinal tract and therefore the individual may suffer from a variety of ailments. As early as 1907, scientist have recognized the ability of healthy bacteria to benefit the organism that ingested them.1 In contrast to antibiotics, these live cultures encourage the growth of organisms and help establish balance to a disturbed system. Being an intricate system, the body likes to maintain homeostasis or many systems see deleterious effects. By correcting imbalances in the gut flora, scientists, doctors, and nutritionists have seen positive results in the following: ingesting lactose, preventing certain cancers and infections, lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, affecting irritable bowl syndrome, and increasing absorption of minerals.2 Few negative side effects have been noted with the use of bacteria or yeasts that aim to balance the organisms in the gut. 

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