Probiotics

The Real Reasons Why You're Having Stomach Problems

Dr. Alison Chen, ND | Posted 08.25.2016 | Canada Living
Dr. Alison Chen, ND

The gut is like a highway junction to every part of the body. The mucosal lining of the gastrointestinal tract (GIT) gives direct access to the blood stream which carries nutrients, oxygen, toxins, waste products, and inflammatory markers to the whole body. So when there is trouble in the gut, you can have health issues throughout your body.

What Gisele Bundchen's Private Raw Master Chef Keeps In Her Fridge

Christine E. Laprade | Posted 05.31.2016 | Canada Living
Christine E. Laprade

Meet Joanne Gerrard Young, holistic nutritionist, master raw food chef and well-being educator behind The Healing Cuisine, who happens to also be the Brady-Bündchen family and friends' private chef when they are in town (Joanne is based out of Costa Rica).

This Probiotic Could Mean Less Antiobiotics For Your Kids

Jason Tetro | Posted 05.12.2016 | Canada Parents
Jason Tetro

A Finnish group of researchers released the results of a three-year study examining the effects of long-term probiotic use on antibiotics and children's health. The results suggest probiotics may offer far more than a means to prevent AAD and C. difficile. They may actually help to reduce the need for antibiotics in the future.

5 Nutrition Keys To Boosting Your Child's Brain Health And Focus

Christy Brissette, MSc, RD | Posted 03.24.2016 | Canada Parents
Christy Brissette, MSc, RD

Nutrition is critical to helping kids reach their full potential. The first three years are especially important because your child's brain is growing. During the early years and beyond, ensuring your child consumes brain-boosting nutrients can help with concentration and performance in school, sports, music and more!

Here's Another Way Friendly Microbes Help Your Health

Jason Tetro | Posted 03.21.2016 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg If you were to take a microscope to your intestines, you would see tens of trillions of microbes moving around doing what they do best: eating and multiplying. Yet, while this may appear to be a utopic environment, what's happening is exactly the opposite. There's a microbial war happening and your health depends on which side wins.

Introducing A New Probiotic: Bacillus Coagulans

Jason Tetro | Posted 03.14.2016 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg For over a century, a variety of good bacteria has been extoled as a means to improve our general health. Today, these helpful microbes are better known as probiotics. When taken, according to the definition, a person can expect to receive some form of a health benefit. The actual list of probiotic species is relatively small with the majority of species coming from the Lactobacillus or Bifidobacterium genera. Yet, while these two are dominating the probiotic field, other species have slowly made their way from the papers of academia to store shelves.

3 Natural Ways To Spring Clean Your Gut

Kathy Smart | Posted 03.10.2016 | Canada Living
Kathy Smart

Your gut is such an important part of keeping your immune system strong. Some 70 to 80 per cent of your immune system tissue is located in your digestive system! That's why ensuring that you are supporting your gut is so important for increased energy, ability to fight colds and flus and to keep your energy levels at their optimal capacity!

Probiotics May Help Lower Pesticide Problems

Jason Tetro | Posted 02.29.2016 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg While governments attempt to find the right balance between agriculture and human health, researchers have turned to our microbial counterparts in the hope of finding species capable of breaking down chlorpyrifos. The goal has been primarily to find beneficial candidates with little concern for public health. After all, it's rare that one can get the best of both worlds. Yet this indeed may be the case.

Boost Your Healthy Gut Bacteria With This Kefir Blueberry Citrus Smoothie

Carolyn Berry | Posted 01.14.2016 | Canada British Columbia
Carolyn Berry

Smoothies are one of the easiest and fastest ways to get a bunch of healthy foods into a portable and delicious meal or snack. Smoothies are also great place to sneak things in that you may not eat on their own. This particular smoothie has a very special ingredient -- kefir (pronounced kee-fir).

Stressed During The Holidays? Fermented Milk May Help

Jason Tetro | Posted 12.29.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

It's the middle of the holiday season and despite the promises of comfort and joy many Canadians will be dealing with a plethora of less than cheery emotions. There is a route to help keep the stressors at bay that doesn't involve very much effort; all one has to do is eat or drink fermented foods.

Bioactives - A Possible Alternative To Antibiotics In Agriculture

Jason Tetro | Posted 12.14.2015 | Canada Business
Jason Tetro

The World Health Organization has led the charge to raise awareness and ensure the public understands the looming crisis of what is commonly known as the post-antibiotic era. In essence, we may be forced to return to a world in which these life-saving medicines are no longer effective.

How To Use Food To Boost Your Mood (And Avoid Hanger)

The Huffington Post Canada | Melissa Baker, MHSc, RD | Posted 12.01.2015 | Canada Living

Keep your energy and spirits up with these simple tips.

6 Ways To Fend Off The Flu

Bryce Wylde | Posted 11.23.2015 | Canada Living
Bryce Wylde

Germs are everywhere and sometimes you can't avoid them, but you can avoid touching your face, eyes and nose. By avoiding these areas you reduce your chances of catching and spreading the germs.

Prebiotics Could Help Prevent Food Allergies In The Future

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 11.17.2015 | Canada Living

The bacteria in your gut has more to do with allergies than you think.

Probiotics May Be The New Vaccines

Jason Tetro | Posted 11.02.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Probiotics offer a host of potential benefits ranging from better digestion to improved weight management and even better mental health. But until recently, no one has mentioned vaccines. Yet, a probiotic oral vaccine may one day be our route to protection against infection.

Heal the Burn: How Nutrition Affects Sun Protection

Kristin Wiens | Posted 07.12.2016 | Canada Living
Kristin Wiens

While complete sun abstinence is unlikely for most of us, sun "awareness" and proper sunscreen use are the most important things you can do to prevent sunburns and reduce your risk of skin cancer. There is growing evidence that the foods you consume may influence risk and offer some protection.

This Bacterium May Improve Food Security

Jason Tetro | Posted 07.12.2016 | Canada Business
Jason Tetro

Last week, a team of Malaysian scientists introduced a fermenting bacterium with the ability to protect food without the need for batches. Based on the results of the study, in the future, all that may be needed is a quick spray and the food would be safe from microbial spoilers.

How to Get the Health Benefits From Fermented Foods

Kristin Wiens | Posted 07.09.2016 | Canada Living
Kristin Wiens

Most proponents attribute the beneficial effects of eating fermented foods to the presence of natural probiotics, those friendly little gut bacteria and yeast inhabiting our gut. But not all fermented foods are a source of probiotics.

How The Bacteria Up Your Nose Affects Your Health

Jason Tetro | Posted 06.21.2016 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

But viruses are not the only microbes capable of finding their way into the sinuses. A number of bacteria are also capable of not only living in this moist region, but thriving there as well. This collection is known as the nasal microbiome.

The Fecal Bacterium You'll Learn to Love

Jason Tetro | Posted 06.26.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

Within your feces is a species of bacteria that may one day be able to help prevent inflammatory disorders including colitis, inflammatory bowel disease and possibly even Crohn's disease. It's known as Faecalibacterium prausnitzii and has the potential to become one of the next generation probiotics.

Probiotics Could Control "Inflammaging"

Jason Tetro | Posted 06.19.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

The trouble with inflammaging is how hard it can be to detect. One of the more popular directions in controlling inflammation involves targeting not human cells but microbial ones. The trillions of bacteria in the intestines are known to play a role in inflammation particularly in the elderly.

How to Cope With a Colicky Infant (Without Losing Your Mind)

Angie Campanelli | Posted 05.22.2015 | Canada Living
Angie Campanelli

There aren't many words that truly captivate the essence of a constant baby cry on top of extreme sleep deprivation, emotional landslides, sore, leaking breasts and a recovering lower region. Well, I can think of a few but they aren't fit for print.

How to Shop for the Best Probiotic

Melissa Ramos | Posted 04.14.2015 | Canada Living
Melissa Ramos

If you've ever felt confused, frustrated and even overwhelmed at the thought of buying the best probiotic, you're not alone. I'll be honest with you, ...

Top 5 Natural Health Trends For 2015

The Huffington Post Canada | Emma Prestwich | Posted 01.06.2015 | Canada Living

You may not be eating a ton of healthy food right now (who is, anyway?), but in no time, we'll all be looking to clean up our eating habits for the ne...

Will We Actually Be Able To Prevent Candida With Mucus?

Jason Tetro | Posted 01.23.2015 | Canada Living
Jason Tetro

2012-05-28-GermGuyBanner.jpg For most people, mucus is considered to be a bad thing. It's commonly associated with respiratory infections as well as more chronic conditions such as cystic fibrosis, ulcerative colitis, and even cancer. But, this thick composite is an integral part of our anatomy, providing both lubrication and protection to internal cells exposed to the environment.