The Expanding Definition of Prebiotics

In the last year, there has been a lot of new attention to the prebiotic effects of polyphenols, which for us at Greenteaspoon has been great to see. However, research alluding to their prebiotic benefits goes back to at least 1990, when the first research papers were published demonstrating the positive effect that polyphenols have on probiotics. So what has changed? By applying recent developments in DNA sequencing, it is now clear to researchers that polyphenols have a profound effect on the types of bacteria that make up your gut microbiome. What has researchers most excited is that these changes in the makeup of the bacteria are closely linked to reduced symptoms of digestive distress and significantly lower levels of...

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Fertilize Your Gut: Healthy Gut Flora

More than 2,000 years ago, the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates understood the importance your gut plays in your overall physical health. Now in the 21st Century, it seems our research is finally catching up to Hippocrates. Research over the past 20 years has revealed that gut health is critical to overall health, and that an unhealthy gut contributes to a wide range of health issues including diabetes, obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, autism spectrum disorder, depression and chronic fatigue syndrome. We can keep a healthy gut by maintaining and putting good bacteria into our guts. How do we do this?

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