Good News

As a nutritionist, I keep learning from all sources and do my best to pass it along to my clients. So I am pleased when I look around and realize that some very basic information is now accepted and incorporated in the mass media and therefore by the general population.

For example, 20 years ago it was like pulling teeth to convince folks of the importance of supplementing with probiotics especially after antibiotic use. Heck, the term ‘probiotics’ wasn’t even coined then. Now we have popular film actors touting the benefit of specially manufactured yogurt for its probiotic benefit.

Even more importantly, research has now shown that the majority of the immune system lives in our gut. This means that maintaining healthy gut flora strengthens our overall resistance to virus and bacteria. Conversely it also means that overgrowth of ‘bad’ bacteria in the small intestine, while compromising its ability to break down and digest our food particles, creates the beginning of what has become known as Leaky Gut Syndrome. More about that another time.

Two take-aways:

  1. Reduce sugar in all its forms because bad bacteria thrive on it
  2. Supplement with probiotics (especially after antibiotic use.)