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Probiotics

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.

Probiotics and Cancer Prevention

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You may have heard that the human body contains more bacteria than cells…and it’s true! Our bodies are home to a vast, amazing ecosystem of bacteria—tens of trillions of teeny tiny microbes that are involved in nearly every aspect of our health. These beneficial bacteria—better known as probiotics—prevent gastrointestinal issues and improve overall digestive function; […]

Natural Constipation Remedies

Your bathroom is your sanctuary – your own personal spa if you will. The many things you do in there often make you feel cleaner, more attractive, lighter, etc. And it’s no coincidence that a toilet is called your throne. You are the master while sitting on it. You order your bowels to release your […]

10 Ways Probiotics Fights Diabetes

America’s diabetes epidemic won’t end anytime soon. Sadly, I have no silver bullet to stop that runaway train. But I can tell you where there’s promise, and offer my advice to diabetics and those at risk, so they can put up a fight. It’s not all gloom and doom. Indeed, research pours in every day […]

New technology for the best probiotics

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 […]

Probiotic Flush 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 […]

Fiber Protects Your Microbiome

What is Fiber How Bacteria Aid in Digestion Increase Fiber Increase Bacteria Reference We all know that fruits and vegetables are the cornerstone of any good diet. They provide us with a multitude of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, as well as other beneficial substances like fiber. Most of us are aware that fiber is what […]

Antibacterial products dangerous

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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 […]

Probiotics, Gut, and Mood

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 […]

Antibiotics alternatives for cold and flu

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 […]

Asthma and the Hygiene Hypothesis

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 […]
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