Your digestive tract is full of living organisms that help keep you healthy--around 400 different types of beneficial bacteria and yeast strains that co-habitate in your gastrointestinal system. There are several different kinds of foods and suppleme... Read more
Did you know that your digestive tract contains more than 400 types of “friendly” bacteria? These little guys, commonly referred to as probiotics (which means "pro-life"), help reduce the growth of harmful bacteria and promote a... Read more
You've heard the rumblings about bacteria. Once seen as just dirty germs, these microbes are now more accurately divided into two categories: disease-causing agents, or "bad" bacteria, and health-promoting "good" bacteria.
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While food historians cannot pinpoint exactly where or when humans discovered yogurt, one thing is certain: People all over the world have eaten yogurt for centuries. Yogurt is made when cow's milk (or dairy-free soy milk) is combined with the li... Read more
Surely you've heard the old saying, "an apple a day keeps the doctor away." While a daily apple is a better strategy than nothing, it'll actually take a much stronger plan to really boost your immune system. Almost every year,... Read more
I know veggies and greens are super important for your body. I had a month where I made sure to eat atleast 4-5 portions of veggies, to the point where I pooped green (TMI much? lol) I felt great! It felt like my system was just in tune, my BM were c... Read more
I have been sad to see the Today on SparkPeople side panel removed from the nutrition page and the Other Goals page, making those pages display wider and with a lot of white space. I liked seeing my fitness minutes yearly stats and my Spark points di... Read more
There have been many articles of late on the benefits of probiotics and the prebiotics found in fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kimchi and kombucha. Eating these supposedly helps in creating healthy gut flora which aids digestion etc. Does anyone... Read more
Diabetes is an autoimmune disease, meaning the body's defenses become turncoat and attack the bodily organs instead of invading viruses & bacteria. Many people speculate that foods, such as probiotics, can aid diabetes. Probiotics are so called "good... Read more
I have used probiotics and digestive enzymes for 20 years. I have found that, in addition to Lecithin and Chromium Picolinate, probiotics assist in keeping the blood sugar normalized. They are also VERY important for the immune system. There are at... Read more
About three years ago, a friend and I were at a natural foods store in the vitamins aisle. I needed more calcium and magnesium, which I take upon my doctor's recommendation to alleviate premenstrual mood swings. While my friend perused the multivitam... Read more
The latest nutrition buzzword: probiotics, the live bacteria that maintain the balance of microorganisms (or "bugs") in your gut. And that’s proving to be vital for your health. Probiotics support digestion and strong immune function... Read more
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