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10 Reason Why You May Need a Probiotic

10 Reason Why You May Need a Probiotic

Posted by Charity Lighten on

Because of our modern diet, the right daily probiotic supplement might be one of the most important supplements you can take. Here are 10 reasons why a good probiotic is more important than ever. 1. Antibiotic use – unfortunately antibiotics indiscriminately kill both the good and the bad bacteria in your gut. They have no way of differentiating between the two. So, if you or your children are ever prescribed antibiotics by your doctor, make it a priority to build up your gut flora as soon as you are done with the prescription (remember that there is no benefit to...

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Gut Health 101

Gut Health 101

Posted by Charity Lighten on

Silver Fern's Chief Nutritionist Explains the Basics Before we get started, there are few terms we should probably define. In talking about gut health, you'll often hear words like microflora, gut flora, microbes, microbiome, microorganisms, etc. These are basically tiny little bacteria that live in (and on) your body. In fact, we have 10 times MORE bacteria in our bodies than cells! This might sound a little creepy, but most of these are actually helpful bacteria. In fact, when talking about gut health, the idea is to have a really good balance of healthy bacteria in your body. The next...

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Why Are We Hearing So Much About Gut Health Lately?

Why Are We Hearing So Much About Gut Health Lately?

Posted by Charity Lighten on

We are living in an "information era" which means we are benefitting from the ongoing borage of science and research. Gut health is an emerging "hot topic", as we discover more and more about the important role "good bacteria" play in the body. To fully understand why, we need to step back a few years to the Human Genome Project (HGP) which was completed in 2003. This was an international research project designed to uncover all of the genes in the human genome. They found that humans have about 22,000 genes. While this sounds impressive, it's about the same amount...

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Fiber Is Good For You. Now Scientists Know Why

Fiber Is Good For You. Now Scientists Know Why

Posted by Parker Garlitz on

  At Silver Fern Brand, we have been preaching the benefits of fiber for years now. We were thrilled to see this amazing article in the New York Times that synchs up nicely with our philosophy on the role of probiotics and fiber on gut health.  Here are some highlights: The scientists focused on the diversity of species that make up the mouse’s gut microbiome. Shifting the animals to a low-fiber diet had a dramatic effect, they found: Many common species became rare, and rare species became common. Along with changes to the microbiome, both teams also observed rapid changes to...

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The Invisible Universe of the Human Microbiome

The Invisible Universe of the Human Microbiome

Posted by Silver Fern™ Brand on

Every day science learns more and more about the critical role that beneficial bacteria play in our health. We were thrilled to see this article from NPR that supports everything we have been saying for years now about beneficial bacteria, fiber and gut heath.  Read the whole thing, but here are a few highlights: This amazing video produced by NPR that summarizes the role of probiotics in human health. The best 5 minutes you’ll spend this week. There's another of type of extinction that may be occurring, right now, inside our bodies. Yes, I'm talking about the microbiome — that...

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