PRObiotics vs. PREbiotics – What You Need to Know

Many people do not realize that their bodies play host to tens of trillions of bacteria and that the microorganisms living inside them play a big role in human health. Some of the bacteria, viruses, yeast and other microorganisms can cause ill health. Probiotics are living microorganisms that, in adequate amounts, can provide a health benefit to the host. All living organisms, including the microbiota living in the gut, need food to survive. Probiotics living in the gut consume carbohydrates. They get these carbohydrates, known as prebiotics, from the food the host eats. Most, but not all, prebiotics are a…. [Read More…]

Probiotics & Constipation

Constipation is more than an uncomfortable inconvenience; it can be a sign of some serious health problems including a toxic gut, numerous types of GI cancer, and nerve or hormone problems. Allowing partially digested food to sit in the body for too long, without normal eliminations, can expose a person to a buildup of toxins. Poor eating habits, a sedentary lifestyle and certain medications can also cause symptoms of constipation. More recent research is bringing light to the imbalances of bacteria in the gut that play a role in constipation and the concept of restoring balance through the use of probiotics…. [Read More…]

Can Probiotic Bacteria Help Clear Heavy Metals from the Body?

Are probiotics something that can help the body fight off heavy metals? A number of researchers are looking into ways that the right probiotics might aid people exposed to certain heavy metals such as mercury or arsenic. Medical science already understands how critical a diverse gut microbiota is to overall health, but they are shining a new light on how bacteria can provide additional health benefits related to heavy metals. About Heavy Metals Heavy metals are elements that occur naturally in nature. They get their name from their atomic weight, which is five times more dense than water. Although heavy…. [Read More…]

Could Probiotics Be the Answer for Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) Infections?

Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is a type of bacteria that can cause ulcers, gastritis and other illnesses. Doctors currently treat H. pylori infections with antibiotics and medications to control stomach acid. Resistance to antibiotics can lower the effectiveness of treatment; side effects to antibiotics can also make treatment less effective. New research shows that using probiotics may improve antibiotic treatment for H. pylori infection and reduce side effects. About H. Pylori Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) are bacteria that can infect the stomach. H. pylori infection can cause peptic ulcers, which are painful sores. Gastric ulcers can develop in the stomach,…. [Read More…]