Our gut microbiomes — the many bacteria, viruses and other microbes living in our digestive tracts — play important roles in our health and risk for disease in ways that are only beginning to be Read More
Representing more than 99% of our genetic material, the friendly microbes in our bodies take up a lot of space. Mainly residing in the gut, our bugs were here first, have co-evolved with us, and Read More
Are you not feeling like yourself? Perhaps you have bloating or cramps, are always tired, have sensitivities to certain foods, or suffer from headaches and overall body pain. Any combination of these symptoms can get Read More
Stomach acid has long been blamed for acid reflux, heartburn and other ills. But now some experts are starting to think that the problems may lie not just in the acid coming up from the stomach but Read More
Calorie-laden meals, decadent treats, and festive drinks inundate people from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, inviting the fiery sensation of heartburn and bitter taste of reflux as unwelcome guests to the holiday festivities. Approximately 20 Read More
Probiotics might be your new best friends. After all, you’ve probably heard about the bounty of health benefits that can come from taking probiotics on a regular basis. From better digestion to less stress, immune Read More
Most women know it’s best to be in good physical health before getting pregnant. For women with Crohn’s disease, that means more than eating right and exercising. Crohn’s disease , along with ulcerative colitis, are conditions of Read More
In an effort to improve their digestive health, Americans have become obsessed with friendly bacteria, otherwise known as probiotics. In addition, Americans spend over $2 billion each year on probiotic supplements, while sales of fermented Read More
Researchers want to know: does diarrhea serve a purpose? Does it actually help clear the bacteria causing a gastrointestinal infection, or is it merely a symptom of disease that should be prevented as much as Read More
There are many things we know we need to take better care of, but sometimes don’t feel as though we have the time. Keeping track of gut health is certainly a great example. Many facets Read More
Researchers have revealed that gut health is crucial to our overall health. Your gut influences everything from your immune system to digestion and even your brain. Therefore, keeping your gut healthy is highly important. An unhealthy gut is associated with a wide range of health problems ranging from skin issues to hormonal imbalance, anxiety to diabetes, and even depression and various other issues. To keep your gut healthy, it is important to understand key signs of an unhealthy gut and how you can get your gut back on a healthy track.
In many ways, your gut bacteria has a big impact on many aspects of our health. In the past few years research has looked more closely at how this enormous system of organisms influences—and even improves—health conditions, from heart disease to arthritis to cancer. But understanding how the gut microbiota works, and how you may benefit, can be daunting.
This is a new frontier of medicine, and many are looking at the gut microbiota as an additional organ system. It’s most important to the health of our gastrointestinal system, but may have even more far-reaching effects on our well-being.
What does all this mean? Should you even be concerned about your gut microbiota? A healthy gut microbiota is still important for health. Anything that can feed good bacteria and keep them plentiful is good for overall health. When the gut is happy, you are happy.