Healthy Bytes #1 For National Nutritional Month: Tidbits of Info to Keep You Informed

In an article by Sarah Schenck entitled “Gut Check,” I learned that Hippocrates is said to have noted that “All diseases begin in the gut.” I have read this in more than one place and have been reading more and more about the importance of the health of our gut “biome” and how we need to support our beneficial bacteria.

According to the author, being picky about your foods is the quickest way: organic, high fiber, and fermented foods seem to be promising. Adding probiotics to your supplements might be another way to get started. “Probiotics are live microorganisms that help maintain the balance of good bacteria in the intestinal tract.”

Source: Rodale’s Organic Life, Feb/March 2017

Note: The author is a Brooklyn based filmmaker. She and filmmaker Steve Lawrence have produced a documentary called Missing Microbes. Here is the link: and a summary:

Superstar scientists Marty Blaser and Gloria Dominguez-Bello – passionate partners in life and in the lab- show us how overuse of antibiotics and elective C-sections are destroying the healthy bacteria in our bodies, and fueling the stratospheric rise in obesity, diabetes, asthma, and food allergies. Our dynamic duo is on a mission to protect and restore our missing microbes before it’s too late.


Note: Dr. John Douillard has a program to detox the body so that healthy microbes are abundant in the gut biome. Go to and search for cleanse or detox programs based on Ayurvedic (Ancient healing system from India).

Update for Kitchari in Eat Wheat by John Douillard

Over the week-end I posted a review of Dr. John Douillard’s new book, Eat Wheat. The first post was the review and the second was just his kitchari recipe, a basic Ayurvedic dish that I have been making for 3 years.

I posted the recipe before I made his version of Kitchari because I figured that I already make it, so I don’t really need to test it. But then I had second thoughts, since his version is slightly different and does not include vegetables in his book.

So here is the photo of plain kitchari, minus the vegetables, which I made yesterday morning. It was actually very good and tasted a little different from my version. I just added a sprig of parsley because I had no cilantro, which is not my favorite herb anyway!

To see the reviews, just scroll down on the Home Page or go to Kitchen Nutrition with Recipes (in the left hand margin list of categories) since I now post in two spots on my website. (There is also a link to my version on the recipe post.)

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