The “good bacteria” in our gastrointestinal tracts has gotten a lot of attention lately, but our guts aren’t the only places that host good bacteria. Our noses, sinuses and nasal passages contain similar colonies of beneficial bacteria. The bacteria in these areas are starting to move into the spotlight as more research is done on … Read More
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By Bret Lashner, MD Just the thought of a fecal transplant – of transplanting fecal matter from one person into another – may make a lot of people think, “ick.” It’s an uncomfortable idea. But consider that a fecal microbiota transplant can help people with stubborn, unhealthy gut flora. These are people struggling with recurring … Read More
Probiotic supplements have been touted to improve gut health, balance vaginal flora and strengthen the immune system. They contain beneficial bacteria naturally found in the intestinal tract and in some foods, including yogurt, pickles, soft cheeses and sauerkraut. So, it makes sense to consider adding probiotic supplements to your diet. Studies are under way What … Read More
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Probiotics are live bacteria in food that may enhance the good bacteria in our bodies, helping to ease certain gastrointestinal complaints like gas, bloating and diarrhea. So it’s no surprise probiotics’ potential gastrointestinal-soothing benefits have led some anxious parents to try using them to help their colicky, crying babies, too. ‘Jury out’ on using probiotics … Read More