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Gut bacteria and you – Infographic

I thought this had some good information in it. I hope you are able to read the explanations.

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Why chocolate is good for your gut – MNT

I am a chocolate lover. I have some every day of my life. Granted, what I consume are small quantities which I devour slowly and let simply melt in my mouth. I also know that dark chocolate has more benefits than the sweet milk chocolate of my childhood. Herewith, Medical News Today‘s take on the dark delight.

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Chocolate lovers, rejoice; the sweet treat is not only delicious, but studies show that it can also promote friendly bacteria and reduce inflammation in our guts. But first, some background: trillions of bacteria live in our guts. They contribute to our immune system, metabolism, and many other processes essential to human health.

When the delicate balance of microbes in our intestines is disturbed, it can have serious consequences.

Irritable bowel syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, autism spectrum disorders, allergies, asthma, and cancer have all been linked to abnormal gut microbiomes.

A healthful diet supports bacterial diversity and health, but could chocolate be an integral part of this?

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Cocoa is the dry, non-fatty component prepared from the seeds of the Theobroma cacao tree and the ingredient that gives chocolate its characteristic taste. Continue reading

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Why Do I Feel Worse After Eating Healthy?

Interesting read for vacation season when many of us will be traveling and changing from our normal healthy diets to travel food.

D.I.G.

I traveled recently for an extended period of time.  I ate airport food, I visited tons of restaurants, and I stocked my hotel room with quick packaged snacks.

It’s travel, right? So not a problem.  Right?

Ok, so I get back home and happily revert back to my normal diet.  Then I proceed to spend the next 2 days with bloating, abdominal pain, and various other gastrointestinal unmentionables.

I was fine, though sub-par, on the crappier diet and then felt pretty darn bad on the healthier one.  And this isn’t unheard of when people make more long-term changes to picking a more nutritious diet.

What’s the deal with that?

Why Do I Feel Worse After Eating Healthy

What it comes down to, as is the case with so many common health problems, is our gut bacteria. Turns out, several days of different exposure to our gut bacteria is enough to make a big difference in the quality, quantity…

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Changing Gut Bacteria Through Diet Affects Brain Function

“Many of us have a container of yogurt in our refrigerator that we may eat for enjoyment, for calcium, or because we think it might help our health in other ways,” says Kirsten Tillisch, MD, an associate professor of medicine at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine and the lead study author. “Our findings indicate that some of the contents of yogurt may actually change the way our brain responds to the environment.” 

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UCLA researchers now have the first evidence that bacteria ingested in food can affect brain function in humans. In an early proof-of-concept study of healthy women, they found that women who regularly consumed probiotics through yogurt showed altered brain function both while in a resting state and in response to an emotion-recognition task.

The study, conducted by scientists with UCLA’s Gail and Gerald Oppenheimer Family Center for Neurobiology of Stress and the Ahmanson-Lovelace Brain Mapping Center at UCLA, appears in Gastroenterology.

The discovery that changing the bacterial environment, or microbiota, in the gut can affect the brain carries significant implications for future research that could point the way toward dietary or drug interventions to improve brain function, the researchers say. “Many of us have a container of yogurt in our refrigerator that we may eat for enjoyment, for calcium, or because we think it might help our health in other…

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