Tag: beneficial bacteria
Scientists attribute C-diff’s spread to unnecessary and incorrect use of antibiotics, which can wipe out beneficial bacteria in the gut, opening an opportunity for C. difficile to infect the colon. While C-diff isn’t (yet) drug-resistant, stronger strains of this bacteria are emerging, and the CDC recently identified it as one
Gastritis is inflammation or irritation of the lining of the stomach. Stomach inflammation and other discomfort and pain can occur suddenly (acute) lasting one to three days, or it can be chronic, lasting several days to weeks.
When searching for the causes of gastritis pain and discomfort look for:
Heartburn/indigestion (burning feeling
High cholesterol has received most of the attention from heart health experts for years. Recently, however, scientists have discovered that having high triglycerides is a much more significant indicator of cardiovascular disease than is total cholesterol. In fact, having high triglycerides can triple your risk of heart disease and stroke even if you
Probiotics are a hot topic in the world of health and nutrition—but what are they, and what do they do?
“Basically, probiotics are live microorganisms—bacteria or yeasts—that exert beneficial effects on our health,” says Susan Bowerman, MD, RD, co-director of the Center for Human Nutrition at UCLA. “Probiotics are believed to
Americans consume more than $7 billion a year worth of yogurt, with hundreds of new yogurt products introduced annually. In survey after survey, consumers say the healthfulness of yogurt is top among the reasons they eat it.
Research confirms yogurt consumption correlates with a host of health benefits. Yogurt-eaters are more
Uh-oh… you’re feeling those dread signs of a flu bug. Some of us, upon feeling that tickle deep in the throat, will opt for flu remedies involving a prescription for the anti-viral med Tamiflu, but is it really worth it? And is it more effective than home remedies for flu
Q: Does it matter when I eat fruit? Should I eat fresh fruit before lunch and before dinner or after lunch and after dinner?
A: Diane McKay, PhD, associate professor at Tufts’ Friedman School, replies: “It looks like there is a common myth out there about the timing of fruit consumption.
Bored with broccoli? Had it up to here with green beans and asparagus? Seen enough carrots and peas to last a lifetime? Maybe you need to branch out a little in the produce aisle.
“Some often-overlooked vegetables deserve a second glance for their nutritional benefits,” says Jeffrey B. Blumberg, PhD, Tufts