Many people are exposed to food-borne pathogens each day when they consume contaminated food or drinks. Some people, like the elderly or very young, are more susceptible. Research suggests that some people, like those with a very healthy gut microbiome, are better able to fight off the opportunistic parasites, bacteria or viruses we accidentally ingest.
The cold & flu season is here and antibiotics are an important tool in fighting bacterial Ear, Nose, and Throat infections. Most of the time antibiotics work great. However, 1 in 5 unfortunate souls will develop diarrhea during or after their antibiotic treatment.
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As a child I remember playing outdoors all day and coming home a muddy filthy mess. I’d walk in the door and my mother would march me into the bathroom and wouldn’t let me out until I’d scrubbed myself raw. I’m sure many of you had the same experience; however, you may not know the importance of being exposed to microbes found in nature.
Generally speaking, if you have frequent digestive symptoms, like discomfort, you likely have an issue with the balance of good and bad bacteria in the gut. The scientific term for this is Dysbiosis.
Colonoscopy is a procedure that is performed by your gastroenterologist (GI), to look at the inner lining of your large intestine (rectum and colon). In this procedure, your GI will use a thin, flexible tube called a colonoscope to look at the colon. A colonoscopy helps find ulcers, colon polyps, tumors, and areas of inflammation or bleeding.
Our intestinal tract is home to a microbiome of trillions of bacteria from hundreds of different bacterial species. They work in synergy with our own physiology in a symbiotic relationship to help us keep our gut healthy, break down food, provide nutrients, regulate our immune response, and protect us from pathogenic bacteria.
Probiotics have been shown to promote gut health and relieve a variety of GI related issues ranging from constipation to inflammatory conditions. Although the regular use of probiotics can help alleviate these conditions, in some individuals with chronic or long term issues the use of probiotics alone may not be enough.