Tag: Candida

Get to the Bottom of Your Gas and Bloating

Get to the Bottom of Your Gas and Bloating

We have all experienced gas and bloating to some extent, but many of us experience it on a regular basis. The trouble is, gas and bloating are symptoms of a wide range of digestive conditions. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), lactose intolerance, Candida overgrowth, dysbiosis, indigestion, and food sensitivities are common causes of gas and bloating. But how can you tell…

Bacteria or Virus? Express Yourself!

Bacteria or Virus? Express Yourself!

As this year’s flu and cold season wanes down a bit, I found it heartening to read that science is focusing on a way to distinguish between bacterial and viral infections to help limit over-prescribing of antibiotics. Over the last decades doctors have been far too willing to offer a sad and miserable patient antibiotics, resulting in killing off many…

Ultra-Low Diversity of Gut Microbes During Critical Illness

The intestinal tract is a main source of health-care associated pathogenic infections, not surprisingly due to the high concentration of microbes residing there.1 The GI tract is also considered to the primary reservoir for the emergence of antibiotic resistance of such infections.2 In patients with prolonged critical illness, the risk of developing a gut-derived sepsis (blood infection) is increased. In…

Gutbliss Book Review

I read an excellent book recently that I want to share with you. Gutbliss by Robynne Chutkan, M.D. is an excellent review of digestive conditions and how to treat them naturally, along with many success stories from her patients who have followed the Gutbliss plan. A conventionally trained gastroenterologist turned integrative, Chutkan embodies what I wish more docs would—she recognizes…

If You Drink, Make it Red Wine

Renew You Challenge Let’s start this week off right! Here is your newest weekly challenge (I mean opportunity!) to help set you off on the right foot and in the right direction for bringing health to your week. You could even add it to your calendar. Join us!  For many people alcohol consumption should be avoided. Candida overgrowth, liver conditions,…

Breast Milk—And Not Infant Formula—Promotes Beneficial Biofilm

Bacteria in the digestive tract exist in two main ways—First, within a polysaccharide matrix known as a biofilm that adheres to the intestinal lining or to digestive contents, or second, floating in a non-adherent manner as single cells. In the natural world, 99 percent of all bacteria exist as biofilms,1 so the study of biofilms in the gut is proving…

Busting Candida Biofilm

  A recent study published in the journal PLoS Biology has found that Candida albicans forms two distinct biofilm types according to what form the Candida is in—the sexual or asexual form.1 A biofilm is a protective polysaccharide matrix in which microbial populations exist and are able to hide from the immune system and antimicrobials. As it turns out, when…

Autism and the Gut—A Need for Digestive Enzymes

  Autism is a developmental disorder characterized by severe abnormalities in communication, social awareness and skills, and behavior. Before the 1980s, autism occurred in 2 to 5 of every 10,000 children. Today about 1 in every 110 children gets autism. This rapid increase cannot only be attributed to improved diagnosis, and also indicates there is more to the disorder than…

High-fructose Corn Syrup… Enough is Enough!

Have you seen those commercials lately promoting high-fructose corn syrup? Boy, do those ruffle my feathers! They usually have some person about to eat something with HFCS and other one saying something like, “You’re not going to eat that, are you? It’s got high-fructose corn syrup in it. You know what they say about it.” Then the second person says,…

Another Good Reason to Eat Blueberries

I love blueberries. Not only are they sweet and delicious, but they’re SO good for you! So of course I wasn’t surprised when I read about a recent study that found yet another reason to stock up on these potent little superfruits. Scientists in Sweden recently looked at the effects of different types of fiber on people with intestinal inflammation,…