Tag: harmful bacteria

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…

Good Fats, Bad Fats

Although many people consider all fats as bad fats, this simply is not the case. Certain types of fats have been linked to the development of chronic diseases, and other fats have been linked to good health. It is clear that not all fats are created equal. But why is that? What happens in the body that produces such a…

Prebiotics and Probiotics—A Primer

  I talk about probiotics a lot. I even have a PBS show on the topic—The Road to Perfect Health. I call your gut bacteria the Gut Protection System, or GPS. The word probiotics means, “for life.” Probiotics are defined as beneficial bacteria (sometimes yeast) that benefit the person taking them in some way. Many people relate probiotics to yogurt,…

Your GPS—What Went Wrong?

I like to call the proper balance of gut bacteria your “GPS”—your Gut Protection System. Your GPS works to: protect your intestinal lining; “crowd out” and neutralize the harmful bacteria; and influence the immune system so that it responds in the proper way to harmful invaders like bacteria, toxins, and even undigested food particles. Your GPS might not be properly…