Probiotics are the beneficial bacteria that work symbiotically with your body to maintain your physical and emotional health. Natural sources of probiotics include fermented foods like kefir, sauerkraut, and kimchi, but the most important source was the transfer from your mother to you at birth.
We’re just beginning to understand the importance of specific bacteria for specific health concerns. Some of the benefits of probiotics that have been identified include improvements to your digestive function and comfort, support for good colon health, and the manufacture, synthesis, or absorption of vitamins and minerals. Furthermore, the bacteria you have influence your weight.
Probiotics also have important implications for your immune system. Encouraging the growth of healthy bacteria crowds out the dangerous bacteria that makes you sick. Healthy bacteria can also decrease allergies and strengthen immune function.
You know those probiotic supplements? The ones with the “good bacteria” that keep us healthy in a million ways, from improved digestion to optimal immune support? As wonderful as they are, they typically lose significant health power in a battle with your stomach. But now, there’s a way to help them deliver their full benefits […]
Everyone should be taking probiotics daily. In our modern diets, the foods that naturally contain the beneficial bacteria your gut needs—fermented foods like sauerkraut, yogurt, and kimchi—are truly good for you, and they help. But your stomach acids kill most of the beneficial bacteria before they can get to your small intestines, where they do […]
The chemical companies want you to believe that antibacterial hand soaps are better than plain soap. This belongs in the Hall of Shame, alongside “Fat, eggs, and cholesterol are all bad for you.” How are antibacterial soaps so not better than plain soap? Unlike antibacterial soap, plain soap doesn’t increase the risk of infections Unlike […]
We often laugh about the foolish things the ancients believed. Especially when it comes to medicine. Balancing biles? Bleeding with leeches? Driving out evil spirits? It all seems so medieval. Still, some of our most colorful language comes from those ancient practices—like “biting the bullet” (which you’d do before the days of anesthesia), or saying […]
I like the way one writer puts it: “For the love of God, people, stop taking antibiotics for colds.” I’ll add, with equal passion: Fellow physicians, stop prescribing antibiotics for colds! And, cold and flu sufferers, stop asking your doctor for antibiotics. Antibiotics are among the most over-prescribed medications we’ve got. Yet they should be […]
Quick—what’s the first thing you think of when I say “bacteria?” If it’s, “Bacteria, ick! Must wash hands,” you would be wrong on two counts: While some bacteria are indeed icky, even dangerous, our health is hugely dependent on “good,” or “friendly” bacteria, called probiotics, that live in our gut, or biome. Recent research is […]
How many times do I have to wave this flag? Antibiotics can be hazardous to your health. Researchers in Denmark have just shined new light on this warning—by finding a link between antibiotics use and the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. I’ve been saying forever that antibiotics wreak havoc in your gut, wiping out […]
I know sometimes it sounds like I’m forever tangling with the medical establishment. But I truly believe that, the majority of the time, what our physicians, pharmacists and care staff do improves and saves lives by the hundreds of thousands, with often-miraculous interventions. On the other hand… One of our most common diseases has been […]
The virus you’ll want to catch When listening to the mainstream medical world, it probably sounds like everything microbial is out to get us. Our soaps come with “antibacterial” and “antimicrobial” stickers colorfully blazing away. More than one diet aims to flush out our systems, ridding us of outside invaders. And there are few words […]
If you’ve been following the news stories about antibiotic-resistant “superbugs,” you’re right to be worried. I’m worried, too. The superbugs are killer bacteria—pneumonia, tuberculosis, venereal disease, staph infections, and more. They were once all but eliminated by antibiotics, but the “bugs” have become increasingly immune to them. Millions of lives are at stake, here in […]