Tag: gut balance

Are Your Gut Microbes to Blame for Your Cravings?

In my new book and upcoming public television show, The Skinny Gut Diet, I talk at length about how gut microbes are in control of your health, and how your particular gut balance determines whether or not you will gain weight. Although it seems farfetched at first, everything seems to finally make sense once you realize that you are not…

Probiotic Bacteria Reverse Autistic Behaviors

Introduction of the probiotic bacteria Bacteroides fragilis into the digestive tract improves gastrointestinal function and behavioral symptoms in an animal model, suggesting that the bacteria may be a potential probiotic therapy in humans with neurodevelopmental disorders, according to a recent study published in the journal Cell.1 This study has particular implications for autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), but the researchers say…

Butyrate and the Immune System

Some of your gut bacteria—especially the beneficial Bifidobacteria—produce an important short-chain fatty acid (SCFA) called butyrate. They do this by fermenting fiber in the digestive tract. Butyrate acts as a food for the cells of the intestinal lining, helping to maintain the integrity of this one-cell-thick layer that separates the digestive system from the rest of the body. A recent…

A Glimpse of How Gut Infections Develop after Antibiotics

Antibiotics work by killing not only the harmful bacteria, but also the beneficial bacteria. It is relatively common for antibiotics to lead to gut infections that arise because potentially pathogenic bacteria are no longer kept in check by the beneficial microbes that inhabit the gut. “Antibiotics open the door for these pathogens to take hold. But how, exactly, that occurs…

Gut Bacteria and Childhood Eczema

Gut bacterial balance affects many different areas of health, but one of the most important to consider is the establishment of healthy gut bacterial balance during infancy. Healthy gut balance during early life is associated with protection against a range of health conditions, most notably the atopic diseases of childhood—asthma, eczema, and allergies.1 Gut balance during infancy is dependent on…

Gut Connection to Rheumatoid Arthritis

The gut connection to arthritis is a topic I have raised in my book and PBS show, The Road to Perfect Health. In fact, raising the topic of the gut connection to basically everything is what I do. They don’t call me the Diva of Digestion for nothing. Arthritis has a particularly strong gut connection, especially when it comes to…

Antibiotics, PPIs, and Low-Fiber Diet Set the Stage for C. difficile infection

Four weeks ago I began a blog series on the effects of proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) on the development of Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea, a bacterial infection that has become more virulent and resistant to antibiotics over the last eight years.1 Today, I would like to talk about another possible contributor to C. difficile infection—a low-fiber diet. The low-fiber diet connection…

Gut Bacteria of Autistic Children

  A new study published in the online journal mbio® found differences between the gut bacteria of autistic children compared to non-autistic children. This comes as no surprise to me. Children with autism commonly have digestive issues. Dr. Smith has blogged about this, and we’ve written about it in my book, The Road To Perfect Health. In the study, actual…

Alcohol Consumption and Your Gut

  Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is gut condition in which there are abnormally large numbers of gut bacteria in the terminal ileum of the small intestine (the end of the small intestine, just before the colon). SIBO is one form of dysbiosis, or gut imbalance. Normally, the colon is where gut bacteria greatly increase in number, with the small…

Renew Your Gut

Been on an antibiotic any time in the last two years? Well, the antibiotics may still be affecting you. Even short courses of antibiotics can leave antibiotic-resistant genes in the bacteria that remain in the gut for up to two years. Previously, antibiotics were thought to have a short-term effect on gut microflora. It was thought that after a short…