Category: Diet

The Price for a High Sugar Diet Early in Life – Memory Issues Later

Today’s post is about interesting research out of the University of Southern California, UCLA and the University of Georgia, looking at the relationship of sugary drinks early in life to cognitive issues later on.[i]  Here’s a fact that I didn’t know:  according to the… Continue Reading “The Price for a High Sugar Diet Early in Life – Memory Issues Later”

Short Term Increase in Prebiotic Fibers Makes a Big Difference

I’m on a bit of a fiber kick right now! A study just came out of the University of California, Irvin, which caught my interest.  Did you know that on average, Americans eat way less than 50% of the recommended daily intake of fiber?  … Continue Reading “Short Term Increase in Prebiotic Fibers Makes a Big Difference”

Prebiotics: What We Currently Know About Their Use in Neuropsychiatric and Neurodegenerative Diseases

One of the questions I get asked the most by my readers is “what prebiotic and/or probiotic is the best?”  Unfortunately, there is no good answer to that because we just don’t have the research to know.  To boot, everyone’s body is different.  Still,… Continue Reading “Prebiotics: What We Currently Know About Their Use in Neuropsychiatric and Neurodegenerative Diseases”

Crohn’s Disease and the Mycobiome: A Fungus Prevents Wound Healing

I was amazed by new research out of the Washington University in St. Louis done in conjunction with the Cleveland Clinic.  Scientists discovered that a fungus called Debaryomyces hansenii, which is commonly used in the food industry to ripen the surfaces of cheese and… Continue Reading “Crohn’s Disease and the Mycobiome: A Fungus Prevents Wound Healing”

The Mycobiome, Diet and Weight

The big biome buzz over the last few days has been about research out of the University of Alabama at Birmingham which showed, in a mouse model, that the fungi of the gut – the mycobiome – plays a major role in how processed… Continue Reading “The Mycobiome, Diet and Weight”

More Evidence that Microbiome Alterations (With a Little Genetic Help) are a Factor in Alzheimer’s

Researchers at the University of Oregon just published a paper in Scientific Reports that shows an incredible correlation between the gut bacteria and neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s.[i]  The study was done on mice that had been genetically engineered to carry genes (apolipoprotein E and… Continue Reading “More Evidence that Microbiome Alterations (With a Little Genetic Help) are a Factor in Alzheimer’s”

Two New Studies on the Efficacy of Diet in Treating IBD

More good news for you all.  Two studies were released at once providing yet further support for the use of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) in inflammatory bowel disease.  As you know, my personal experience in curing my son of inflammatory bowel disease has… Continue Reading “Two New Studies on the Efficacy of Diet in Treating IBD”

Artificial Sweeteners During Pregnancy and Your Baby’s Microbiome

As a nutritionist, one of my (many) areas of interest is in research about the relationship of diet to health.  Today’s research, conducted  by scientists in Canada, actually shocked me.[i]  I did not know that the consumption of artificial sweeteners by pregnant women is… Continue Reading “Artificial Sweeteners During Pregnancy and Your Baby’s Microbiome”

In Breaking Down Fiber, Our Gut Bacteria Do Us Yet Another Healthy Favor

And here is yet another reason why we love our good gut bacteria.  This research perfectly illustrates our symbiotic relationship with our old friends. As my regular readers know, there is so much we still don’t know about fiber:  exactly how does it benefit… Continue Reading “In Breaking Down Fiber, Our Gut Bacteria Do Us Yet Another Healthy Favor”

Progress In Finding Targeted Bacteria to Potentially Treat a Variety of Issues

Again, trying to stay positive this month, for the sake of all our mental health:  the results of a recent large, international dietary study including Harvard physicians confirm yet again that a diet rich in plant-based foods is linked with a lower risk of… Continue Reading “Progress In Finding Targeted Bacteria to Potentially Treat a Variety of Issues”