GUT Health

Not a Cure for HIV/AIDS, but Probiotics might Help with Symptoms


Although the world still hasn’t found a cure for HIV/AIDS, some doctors and scientists have discovered clever ways to improve life quality for patients with this debilitating disease. In particular, probiotics have been shown to help control diarrhea and increase CD4 count in immunocompromised patients. CD4 cells are one way doctors and researchers can determine an

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Digest these 5 Digestion Habits for Better Children’s Health


Children’s guts are more delicate than adults.  It takes less to send their little bodies into gastrointestinal distress.  And we can’t always watch what they’re eating…and, well, kids will be kids.  But, we can’t stand to see them hurting! As parents, teachers and others who care for children, when they get sick, we can’t help

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Antioxidant Recipes: Don’t Choke on Aronia Berries!


Aronia Berries have a terrible reputation for tartness—thus the common name, Chokeberry. But they also have a wonderful reputation for antioxidant properties professed to boost the human immune system. How can a thing be SO wonderful and SO terrible?! If you’re not one of those who loves strong flavors, the trick to taking advantage of

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Falling into Good Health: Autumn Health Tips


Every season has a unique impact on health. Summer brings opportunities for fresh air and sunshine, but in some climates it also brings cruel heat. Winter forces us indoors in many areas of the world, but that gives us a chance to use all the exercise equipment we’ve bought and haven’t used. Where the seasons

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Who is Responsible for this Probiotics Thing?


How do medical treatments develop, anyway? Who gets it started? How does an idea grow into a reality? Like many other great advancements in our world, medical breakthroughs begin with a teeny idea…one thought…an observation or wondering. The spark of an idea begins in the mind of a creative individual. As the ideas are tested

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My Tummy Hurts: How to Help Children Cope with Stomachaches


When your little one (or your not-so-little adolescent) complains of belly pain, your reaction might be one of two extremes. If you’re like some parents and guardians, you’ve heard it before and you’ll brush it off as just another boy-who-cried-wolf bid for attention. Other parents can’t stop thinking the worst. (“This is probably the one time she honestly has a

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Clash of the Titans: How to Benefit from BOTH Antibiotics and Probiotics


At first glance, antibiotics and probiotics claim clashing objectives. Antibiotics, a term derived from “antibiosis,” means “life destroying life.” It refers to substances that kill bacteria—both good and bad. Probiotics, which means “promoting life,” refers to live micro-organisms added to the human body to “confer a health benefit.” Although both of these colossally important substances

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Why Should Your Probiotic have a Prebiotic?


Think of your gut as an inhospitable canyon fraught with many hazards, not the least of which is stomach acid. Don’t misunderstand: stomach acid does a lot of good. The acid breaks down your food so it can be absorbed by your body through the walls of your stomach and even through the walls of

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Put Out the Fires of Inflammation! Make Better Daily Choices.


We hear horror stories of sick people who go to the doctor, only to be told they have the flu or serious health conditions such as ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, heart disease—even cancer. Doctors treat the symptoms and in some cases try to reverse the damage. But the disease continues. Could there be something behind

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A Probiotic Piece of the Weight Loss Puzzle


  In a scientific study conducted recently*, researchers asked participants to take two pills daily in addition to following a common weight-loss diet. Some pills contained probiotics and some were placebos. After 12 weeks, women who had taken the probiotics had lost almost twice as much weight as those who had taken the placebo. This

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