Beneficial Bacteria: An Army of Billions
When you are healthy, over 100 trillion microorganisms, from some 400 different species, flourish in your intestinal tract, aiding in digestion, absorption, and the production of significant amounts of B vitamins and enzymes. But more importantly, they crowd out all harmful bacteria — allowing them no place to gain a foothold. (more…)
Heavy-training athletes, and runners in particular, often suffer from “leaky gut syndrome,” a condition in which bowel health becomes damaged due to increased permeability of gut lining. But a new study published in the American Journal of Physiology – Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology has found a viable solution — bovine colostrum. (more…)
A friend (I’ll call her Sandy) just emailed that she spent 10 hours in the Emergency Department yesterday with chest pain. Her chest felt totally constricted and she couldn’t breathe. It began, she said, after a siege of heartburn in the morning and she said she hadn’t lifted anything that morning.
Candida is a common microorganism that we normally acquire within a few days of being born. It is considered to be a typical part of the microbial flora that inhabits us. At low levels this yeast resides uneventfully in our intestinal and urogenital tracts. Its growth is kept in check by a strong immune system and healthy levels of beneficial bacteria. When conditions allow it to grow out of control, these tiny organisms can be responsible for many different kinds of health conditions.
The average person has about four pounds (around two kilograms) of microorganisms living in their intestinal tract. For good health, at least 80-85% of these organisms need to be beneficial and less than 15-20% should be detrimental. (more…)
So often, the humble banana is often overlooked when it comes to providing nutritional and medicinal value. Bananas in fact have a lot to offer us, both nutritionally, as well as in relieving the symptoms of a myriad of physical complaints. (more…)
If you belch or have burning in your stomach or chest, particularly when your stomach is empty, you have either an infection, a tumor, or an incurable condition called GERD. Infection with bacteria such as helicobacter pylori is by far the most common cause.