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Probiotics – What You Need to Know

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You may have heard that probiotics might help with your IBS symptoms. But do you need them? Which ones? How many? Probiotics, or supplements containing strains of good bacteria that normally live in the intestinal tract, are frequently taken by individuals suffering from digestive upset in an attempt to improve their symptoms. In our practice, […]

4 Important Points to Remember About Probiotics

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You may have heard that probiotics might help with your IBS symptoms. But do you need them? Which ones? How many? Probiotics, or supplements containing strains of good bacteria that normally live in the intestinal tract, are frequently taken by individuals suffering from digestive upset in an attempt to improve their symptoms. In our practice, […]

Understanding “Good” Bacteria in Your Gut

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The experts are finally recognizing probiotics and their potential benefit for IBS patients.  But their logic is stuck in the drug mindset – you have symptoms, take this and it will make you better – rather than understanding that it is possible to identify specific conditions where probiotics are called for and treat those conditions […]

Study Suggests Low Gut Bacterial Richness Linked to Obesity

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A recent article from PhysiciansBriefing.com discusses the link between diet and the bacteria in your gut. “This finding, although exploratory in nature and requiring replication, supports a recently reported link between long-term dietary habits and the structure of gut microbiota and suggests that a permanent change of microbiota may be achieved by appropriate diet,” Cotillard […]

Studies Explore Probiotics for the Treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome

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This is a great example of the disconnect between scientific studies and general knowledge. This study looked (supposedly) at all of the relevant studies on probiotics and decided that we need more studies. That is true. But it’s already well accepted that probiotics have a significant role in the function of the digestive system. It’s […]

What are Probiotics and Do You Need Them?

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As many of you know, probiotics are products that contain bacteria. These bacteria are the “good” bacteria, and they are called probiotics to make it clear that they are designed to produce the opposite effect of antibiotics which kill bacteria. The most familiar of the good bacteria are the genera Lactobacillus and Bifidobacter. The GI […]

Article Explores the Small World of Microbes

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If we want to talk about the evidence that supports the use of probiotics, let’s look at the article in this month’s National Geographic.  It’s a great general article on microbes and good overall piece. Comments? Questions? Post in our comments section!  Excerpt: Our past ignorance of the microbial abundance on the planet stemmed in […]

Assessing the Role of Probiotics in Good Digestion

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A recent article on probiotics from the Wall Street Journal discusses the increasing popularity of the supplements in treating a wide range of medical conditions and the wide variety and quality of those available. 

 The main issue with the current approach to probiotics is that many are treating them like a drug. Take these […]

“Good” Bacteria Deficiencies and Probiotics

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Healthy people live in harmony with their “good” bacteria, or normal intestinal flora. This is called symbiosis. We provide the bacteria with a home and food, and in return they do some great things for us. These bacteria are called “probiotics.” Although there are thousands of different bacteria, the best-known friendly bacteria are Lactobacillus acidophilus […]

Bacteria We Need: Four Points to Consider When Choosing Probiotics (Part 3 of 3)

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Probiotics are supplements that contain beneficial bacteria such as Lactobacillus acidophilus or Bifidobacterium. One of the biggest challenges in using probiotics is selecting a quality product. The quality of the product has a dramatic impact on whether or not it will solve your digestive problem. There are four major issues that determine the effectiveness of […]

Probiotics: Bacteria We Need (Part 2 of 3)

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The use of probiotics (acidophilus and bifidobacterium) in the treatment of medical conditions has increased dramatically in the past few years. In our last article, we discussed how the mix of microorganisms in our digestive tract is essential for good digestion. Now I want to address how to know when you should use probiotics. The […]

Probiotics: Bacteria We Need (part 1 of 3)

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In the last few years there has been a lot of media interest in probiotics. Probiotics are good bacteria, the most recognizable being acidophilus. There are many misconceptions about how probiotics work and what they do and don’t do. Hopefully this series of articles can help clear things up. One of the most interesting areas […]

A Deeper Understanding of Probiotics (Part II)

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When we are born, there are no bacteria in our digestive tract. But as soon as we are born, bacteria begin to populate the gastrointestinal system. This is not only normal, but it’s imperative to life. Studies have shown that without bacteria animals do not develop properly and cannot live very long. Some of the […]

A Deeper Understanding of Probiotics (Part I)

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As many of you know, probiotics are products that contain bacteria. These bacteria are the “good” bacteria, and they are called probiotics to make it clear that they are designed to produce the opposite effect of antibiotics which kill bacteria. The most familiar of the good bacteria are the genera Lactobacillus and Bifidobacter. The GI […]

WebMD: What are Probiotics?

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Speaking of probiotics, now is a good time to review exactly what they are. Here’s an overview from our friends at WebMD.com. Probiotics are microorganisms such as bacteria or yeast that are believed to improve health. They are available in supplements and foods. The idea of taking live bacteria or yeast may seem strange at first. […]