I’m not trying to talk you out of the hand sanitizer, but when it comes to good bacteria–like the kind that live in the human gut–sometimes more is more. Under normal circumstances, such “probiotics” live within our digestive system in symbiotic harmony. However, our modern diets and medications have been wiping them out, and leaving many people with a serious imbalance of good gut bacteria. More
Topic: good bacteria
Now here’s a study we can really get behind: Red wine is good for your gut. Apparently it can help promote the growth of healthy bacteria in our stomachs and digestive system, which can have all sorts of health benefits. We’re just delighted to learn that boozing it up, once again, can actually be good for us. Because, really, is there anything more lovely than a glass of wine at the end of the day? More
Antibiotic use is out of control, and patients should proceed with caution when prescribed these drugs, a new report says. The research, published in Nature, shows that antibiotic use doesn’t just lead to drug-resistant superbugs, but could also permanently wipe out a body’s good bacteria. Yikes. More
Humans love to classify things (at least I learned something from those college course readers on Derrida and Descartes), and the world of health and dieting is no exception: A recent study suggesting that there are three “enterotypes” is a prime example of our need to categorize and name things in order to understand ourselves and, of course, to diet. If you’re not familiar with enterotypes, don’t worry: I think you’ll be well-acquainted quite soon. Just like the blood type, body type, and even GenoType diets in the past, soon we could be choosing our food based on the type of bacteria we have our gut. But unlike most weight loss marketing ploys, this one might not be total B.S. More
Like you, I’ve seen those Activia yogurt commercials featuring Jamie Lee Curtis about a million times. And every time, while I’m singing along to the jingle, I wonder: Could eating that stuff (with Bifidus Regularis!) for two weeks actually help my inner-workings behave better, or is this whole thing just a genius marketing scam?
See, I’ve always prided myself on having a fairly high-functioning digestive system: For the most part, everybody down there seems to know what floor they need to be on at any given point, and when they need to take the elevator a few floors south, and finally, when they need to pack up and exit the building. (TMI Alert: I do take an herbal digestive stimulator every night, and have for years.) So, in general, I feel pretty good in the down-under digestion department. But then again, maybe I just think I do. Is it possible that I could feel even better? Does my digestive system really need to be regulated by Bifidus? More
How Much Bacteria Does Your Belly Need? Huffington Post on Kefir and Kombucha hype.