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Taking Antibiotics? Here Are 5 Ways to Maintain or Restore Good Gut Bacteria

a set of fermented food great for gut health - top view of glass bowls against grunge wood: cucumber pickles, coconut milk yogurt, kimchi, sauerkraut, red beets, apple cider vinegar

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Nearly everyone has been prescribed an antibiotic at some time in their life, as antibiotics, in addition to preventing the spread of disease and reducing serious complications of disease, are commonly used to fight against bacterial infections like pneumonia and bronchitis.

What Exactly Do Antibiotics Do?

In short, they attack the bacteria.

When we say bacteria, we mean all bacteria – that means the bad and the good bacteria residing in your gut, otherwise known as your microbiome. The five pounds of bacteria that make up your microbiome are a complex mix of healthful and less healthful bacteria working hard to keep a healthy balance.

So while the infection may have been tended to, what also needs tending to is rebuilding and rebalancing your microbiome. Continue reading

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Feeling Bloated Despite a Perfect Diet? It Could Be These 3 Things

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Mahalie Stackpole

Bloating Despite a Perfect Diet?

The most commonly cited causes of bloating are dietary factors. More specifically, it’s well-established that foods containing gluten, dairy, or FODMAPs (certain carbohydrates) can cause symptoms such as bloating, gas, and abdominal pain in individuals with food sensitivities or conditions such as Celiac disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), or Crohn’s and colitis.

Because the association between food and gastrointestinal distress has already been explored, let’s explore lesser-known factors behind bloating.

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The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.

This Medication Is Being Over-prescribed – Know the Risks and Side Effects

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Antibiotics are commonly used to fight against bacterial infections, certain fungal infections and some kinds of parasites; Think bladder infections, sinus and ear infections, and strep throat.

This just in: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently reported that antibiotics are being widely overprescribed in U.S. hospitals. Continue reading

The posts on this blog are for information only, and are not intended to substitute for a doctor-patient or other healthcare professional-patient relationship nor do they constitute medical or healthcare advice of any kind. Any information in these posts should not be acted upon without consideration of primary source material and professional input from one's own healthcare professionals.