Maddie Oatman says, a few years ago, after a gnarly bout of giardia earned from a few months studying in India, and the ensuing rounds of antibiotics prescribed to kill the bugs, I began to take a probiotic supplement to recoup. I was hoping for something to help me digest, and for some new microorganisms to repopulate my intestine and fend off bad bacteria.
Trying to lose weight? You are not alone! The United States has the highest, rate of obesity in the world.
In 2010, more than 35% of American adults were obese as well as 17% of American kids, and it is estimated that 50% of adults will be obese by 2030. Obesity has been attributed to many things, including our overconsumption of processed grains, sweetened foods & sodas. Our sedentary lifestyles does not help either.
The annual Probiotics Symposium was held at the fabulous Solamar Hotel downtown San Diego Sept 21-22 2012. It was great venue. The hotel provided healthy meals and excellent service.
The first presenter was Ingrid Kohlstadt, MD who spoke about the systemic manifestations of gastrointestinal dysbiosis.
Dr. Jaclyn Chasse is a naturopathic physician and Medical Educator at Emerson Ecologics, President of the New Hampshire Association of Naturopathic Doctors explains that "Prebiotics" describes a category of nutrients that support the growth of the healthy microflora that populate your large intestine. They include selectively fermented ingredients that result in specific changes in the activity of gastrointestinal microbiota, specifically increasing probiotic bacteria.
In a study of healthy humans, a drink high in cocoa flavanols showed a prebiotic effect, increasing both lactobacilli and bifidobacteria, while reducing bad bacteria in the gut.