Is Chronic Stress Destroying Your Gut Microbiota?

In previous blog posts, I have discussed at length the impact of dietary factors on the gut microbiota. In this blog, Iā€™d like to switch gears and discuss a non-nutritive factor that profoundly impacts our gut microbes ā€“ chronic stress.

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Resistant Starch: A Dietary Fiber for Gut Health, Weight Loss, and Inflammation

A growing body of scientific research indicates that imbalances in the gut microbiota are associated with chronic health conditions such as diabetes, metabolic syndrome, obesity, and irritable bowel syndrome. To treat these health conditions, imbalances in the gut microbiota must be corrected. One way to accomplish this is by selectively feeding beneficial gut bacteria with prebiotics. Prebiotics are carbohydrates that are indigestible to humans and reach the colon intact, where they serve as fuel for gut bacteria. Read on to learn about resistant starch, one special type of prebiotic fiber that has demonstrated great potential in the treatment of metabolic, digestive, and immune system disorders.

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Are Environmental Toxins Disrupting Your Gut Bacteria?

Our gut bacteria serve many crucial functions in our bodies, yet they are extremely vulnerable to harm from external influences such as environmental toxins. Environmental toxins alter the composition of the gut microbiome and disrupt the important metabolic activities of gut bacteria, with significant repercussions for our health. Read on to learn about the types of toxins that harm gut bacteria, and how simple dietary and lifestyle changes can help you reduce your toxic exposures and protect your gut bacteria. 

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Can Fermented Foods Improve Mental Health?

Food fermentation is an ancient culinary practice that improves the palatability and nutritional value of foods while also having preservative and medicinal functions. A growing body of research indicates that the gut microbiome plays a key role in mental health, and fermented foods contain beneficial microbes that beneficially influence the health of the microbiome. The consumption of fermented foods may, therefore, be a useful strategy for optimizing mental health. Read on to learn about how probiotics associated with fermented foods may influence brain function and optimize mental and emotional health.

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Are Gut Bacteria to Blame for Food Cravings?

The struggle to resist cravings for unhealthy foods is a part of daily life for countless people. Many people have been led to believe that if they just wrangle a little more self-control, they can overcome their food cravings. However, contrary to popular belief, food cravings may not be a primarily brain-based phenomenon that can be overcome by willpower and motivation; in fact, food cravings may originate in an entirely different place ā€“ your gut! Read on to learn about how gut bacteria influence eating behavior and food cravings, and why improving your gut health may be the key to kicking your unhealthy cravings to the curb!

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The Link Between Gut Microbes and Circadian Rhythms

New research continues to emerge daily demonstrating the important effects that gut bacteria have on the health of the human body. In addition to promoting a healthy digestive tract and a strong immune system, research indicates that gut flora also help regulate our circadian rhythms. Read on to learn about how gut bacteria affect circadian rhythms, and how taking care of your microbiome and circadian rhythms simultaneously can benefit your overall health! 

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