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The Gut-Brain Connection: Protecting Your "Second Brain"

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Brain health and gut health are closely related. Your gut has it's own separate nervous system, often called the "second brain" or formally, the enteric nervous system. The health of the enteric nervous system tells us a lot about the health of the brain in your head. Brain health and gut health are closely related Your gut has it's own separate nervous system, often called the "second brain" The health of the second brain tells us a lot about the health of the brain in your head What's good for the brain in your gut is usually good for the...

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Security for Your Brain

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The brain has a specialized security system called the blood-brain barrier to protect it from internal and external harms. Aging, inflammation, & disease weaken the barrier allowing toxins & harmful chemicals into the brain, accelerating neurodegenerative processes especially related to oxidation & free radical damage. Your brain has a specialized "security system" that restricts what goes in and out of the brain Disease processes, aging, oxidative damage, and inflammation can all disrupt the brain's security system, leaving the brain vulnerable People with diabetes have an increased risk for brain disease and other neurological problems There are specific nutrients that can...

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Best Fiber Supplements for Better Health

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There are a lot to choose from - but what makes the best fiber supplements better than others? Most people need to be consuming more dietary fiber, and many will require a supplement to reach their daily goal. What should you look for in a fiber supplement? Does your fiber supplement have excess sugar, taste bad, or cause excessive gas and bloating? Eating enough dietary fiber is known to reduce your risk and/or improve health status for dozens of the most common health conditions Almost all Americans are falling short of the recommended daily fiber intake Supplements can help fill...

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Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletion: 7 Nutrients Commonly Depleted by Medications

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Drug-induced nutrient depletion occurs when prescription medications deplete, block absorption, increase excretion, or increase utilization of nutrients resulting in nutrient deficiency. Most medications have potential to deplete nutrients contributing to side effects, poor tolerability, & sometimes discontinuation. Many medications can cause nutrient deficiencies Nutrient deficiencies can be mistaken for symptoms of disease Drug-induced nutrient depletion and deficieny can be addressed with dietary modifications and the use of safe, quality supplements Some common drug-induced nutrient depletions are discussed Medications can disrupt the balance of intestinal bacteria that can impact your overall nutritional status and health Drug-Induced Nutrient Depletion Prescription medications are...

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Fiber for Feeling Full

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Your brain knows you have eaten enough when it receives specific signals to indicate satiety, or fullness. The more satiety signals that get triggered, the more full we feel. Fiber is a low-calorie nutrient that can trigger feelings of fullness through several mechanisms helping you control how much you eat. Raising the levels of nutrients in your blood helps signal your brain that your body has been adequately nourished Caloric intake can be decreased by increasing intake of fiber Foods with low calorie density tend to be relatively high in fiber Olivamine® DigestiveHealth can easily be added to your favorite...

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Do Antibiotics Contribute to Obesity?

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Antibiotic use, especially in childhood, has been linked to obesity later in life. Overuse of broad-spectrum antibiotics causes disruptions in the intestinal microbiome that influences metabolism. You can protect, maintain and restore probiotic bacteria with prebiotic fiber when using antibiotics. Antibiotic Use, Gut Bacteria, and the Link to Obesity Most people have or will use antibiotics at some point in their life Use of antibiotics appears to be linked to increased risk of obesity The composition of intestinal bacteria can impact metabolism and contribute to obesity Antibiotics can disrupt the healthy bacteria living in and on your body Restoring and maintaining proper...

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Dietary Fiber for Diabetes

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Dietary fiber is linked to almost all aspects of diabetes and its complications. Increasing dietary fiber intake through food and sugar-free fiber supplements has been shown to positively impact the risk factors and complications associated with diabetes including heart disease, obesity, brain health and immune health. Inadequate dietary fiber is linked to almost all aspects of diabetes and its complications Most people do not eat enough dietary fiber Increasing dietary fiber has been shown to positively impact the risk factors and complications associated with diabetes Many popular fiber supplements contain more sugar that fiber, so picking the right one is...

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Fighting Against Obesity with Fiber

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Diets low in fiber and high in processed foods (like the Western diet) have been linked with obesity and inflammation. Obesity is part of the metabolic syndrome that often precedes diabetes and is associated with oxidative stress. Dietary fiber like the fiber found in Pinnaclife® DigestiveHealth with Olivamine® has been found to reduce body fat, and fiber intake is associated with increased weight management, as well as decreased cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Dietary fiber promotes gut microbial diversity that has been discovered in healthy individuals in contrast to less healthy individuals with issues like obesity. In addition, the olive polyphenols...

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Fiber for a Healthy Mind

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The complexity of the gut microbiome (community of microorganisms) has been estimated to be greater than that of the human brain. A healthy gut microbiome is critical for the health of the brain and mind. High fiber diets can improve mental health and decrease depression. Olivamine® found in Pinnaclife® DigestiveHealth includes ingredients that can pass through the blood brain barrier to increase brain health. Western diets typically include highly processed food associated with increased inflammation that has been linked with depression and anxiety. Dietary fiber including the fiber found in DigestiveHealth provides energy for beneficial gut microbes that produce anti-inflammatory...

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Probiotics and Prebiotics: What's the difference?

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What's the difference between prebiotics and probiotics and why would you choose one over the other? Are some prebiotic or probiotic foods and supplements better than others? Why is dietary fiber so important for overall health? How do probiotics impact inflammation and brain health? Short Read There are good bacteria and bad bacteria that live in your gut The good bacteria (probiotics) help us and crowd out the bad bacteria that can hurt us We can support probiotic bacteria by feeding them the food they need - called prebiotics Too much junk food and not enough prebiotic foods shifts the...

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