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Can Probiotics help you lose Weight?

Research on probiotics is still relatively new and growing. Scientists believe that there is a link between reduced bacterial gut diversity and obesity. An unhealthy digestive system may lead to dysbiosis, which refers to an imbalance in the gut microbes. When too many harmful microorganisms grow, there may not be enough of the helpful bacteria available to keep these harmful organisms in check. It also typically means the diversity of bacteria in the gut is lower. Research published in 2013 suggests that gut dysbiosis contributes to the development of obesity, though it may not be the underlying cause. As the author of a 2015 study notes, people at a healthy weight and people with obesity show marked differences in their gut flora....

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How to Improve Your Child's Gut Health

Gut health for kids can be a daunting task. Focusing on supporting our children’s gut might help to prevent tummy troubles and help to add in some healthier options. Avoid overeating – this is difficult in the face of the constant ‘I’m hungry’ pleas, but children don’t need to be fed constantly and having breaks between meals and snacks helps our digestive system to function optimally. Eat good bacteria – our gut contains billions of bacteria, which are essential for many functions in the body. These bacteria can be found in foods such as live plain yoghurt, friendly bacteria supplements and of course Bodkin's. Feed the good bacteria by increasing fibre intake – our good bacteria eat carbohydrates that contain...

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The Health Benefits of Lactic Acid Bacteria

Lactic Acid Bacteria One of the most significant groups of probiotic organisms are the lactic acid bacteria, commonly used in fermented dairy products but also dominant in all Bodkin’s products. Health Benefits There is an increase in interest in these species as research is beginning to reveal the many possible health benefits associated with lactic acid bacteria. The difficulty in identifying and classifying strains has complicated research, since benefits may only be relevant to particular strains. Nevertheless, lactic acid bacteria have a number of well-established and potential benefits. These benefits include:   Control of intestinal infections   Improved digestion of lactose. Some possible mechanisms for the improved lactose digestion include: The lactase activity of the bacteria actually does the work of...

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A Brief History of Fermented Foods

Where did these tasty fermented goodies come from? The first form of fermented beverages was alcoholic beverages made from fruit, honey, and rice found in China. Next came the fermentation of milk such as camels, goats, sheep, and cattle. It’s likely that the fermentation occurred spontaneously, rather than intentionally. It has been suggested that the first yogurts were produced in goat bags draped over the backs of camels in the heat of North Africa. It wasn’t until the mid 1800s that people understood what was happening to make their food ferment. In 1856, a French chemist by the name of Louis Pasteur connected yeast to the process of fermentation, making him the first zymologist – or someone who studies the...

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