- July 1st, 2012
Our bodies are full of bacteria. Before you shudder and reach for the hand sanitizer, you need to know that much of this bacteria is beneficial. We have over 1,000 strains of bacteria on our skin alone, and even more in our gastrointestinal system, called the gut flora.The basics of probioticsBy Shekhar Challa, MD
- May 1st, 2012
It turns out the calcium we consume through milk and supplements is not always absorbed or used to build bone. In fact, without a healthy probiotic population in the gut and the presence of other bone-building cofactors like vitamins D and K2, magnesium, zinc, and essential fatty acids, calcium can pass right through undigested.
- May 1st, 2012
The body is an amazing thing; every system, organ, muscle, bone, and cell functions to sustain life. No one system is more valuable than the other; all need to function at ideal capacity for overall optimum health. If one system is compromised, others may begin to falter; it’s a chain reaction within your body. One of these vital components of the human body is the gut.The body's regulatorBy Brooke Holmgren
- April 1st, 2011
WHAT IS IT? Probiotics support our body’s health through the digestive tract by restoring the healthy bacteria that are naturally present. Probiotic supplements, or foods that contain probiotics, are crucial to absorbing nutrients from our food and eliminating toxins.
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- December 1st, 2009
If you’ve ever had a vaginal yeast infection, you’re all too familiar with the telltale symptoms that make it so miserable: itching, burning, swelling, painful urination, and an unpleasant white discharge.Natural ways to prevent and cure CandidaBy Larissa Long
- April 1st, 2009
Probiotic, prebiotic; good bugs, bad bugs. Every time we turn around, another study champions the benefits of these gut-friendly supplements. But what are they? What do they do? Why should we take them? We asked Angelica S. Vrablic, PhD, a leading expert in nutrition research and a probiotic guru, to give us the lowdown. Here’s what we learned:
By Nora Simmons
- March 1st, 2009
Here’s the $64,000 question: Why do children’s ear infections keep coming back despite multiple courses of antibiotics? Because they’re mostly caused by viruses, not bacteria. Antibiotics don’t treat the cause of the problem—the virus. They just provide temporary relief of the symptoms, says Sandy Newmark, an integrative pediatrician in Tucson, Arizona.Antibiotics are not the answer to healing persistent ear infections.By Nicole Duncan
- November 1st, 2008
Popping probiotics and still having digestive problems? Here’s a novel solution: Gobble a handful of almonds. The Institute of Food Research recently reported that almonds act as prebiotics that function as food for probiotics—the good bacteria that restore a healthy balance of gut flora.By Pamela Bond
- September 1st, 2008
From fine dining to take-out Thai, Americans eat out much more than they used to—an average of four times every week. Food poisoning is also on the rise—it’s second only to the common cold in how frequently it strikes. Some 76 million Americans suffer from it each year.
Bounce back faster with these gentle cures.By Victoria Dolby Toews, MPH
- August 1st, 2008
You may already know that taking probiotics helps maintain a healthy intestinal tract and fight myriad diseases (see “Fermented Food Fest,” online). But new research shows probiotics can clear up your complexion, too.