clostridium difficile

Probiotic Foods: Best Choices and Supplements

At any given time, trillions of bacteria live in your body, many of which reside in the large intestine. This colonic community of bacteria, known as the gut microbiota, plays a key role in immune function, digestion, weight management, and blood-sugar control, among other functions. Some of these microorganisms cause … Read More

Bacterial Infection: Be Careful—It Can Become Deadly!

Bacteria are one-cell organisms that are everywhere. Literally. Most bacteria are harmless, and many are beneficial. We need “good” bacteria to digest our food and help arm our immune system. And “good” bacteria destroy “bad” bacteria that may ultimately cause a bacterial infection. A bacterial infection can be serious, especially … Read More

Probiotics: Benefits vs. Drawbacks

Probiotics are live micro­organisms—bacteria and yeasts—that are commonly referred to as “good” bacteria. Probiotic benefits, experts believe, extend to our digestive health by increasing the population of good bacteria in the intestines, which prevents “bad” bacteria (for example, Clostridium difficile and Escherichia coli) from causing illness. Yogurt and kefir (a … Read More

C Diff Infections Among Hospital Patients on the Rise

The prevalence of clostridium difficile—or C diff —is staggering. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates there are almost half a million cases per year. Of those, 15,000 patients die from C diff, which is a bacterial infection. While those statistics might make you think, “I need medicine … Read More

Don’t Ignore the Health Hazards of Proton Pump Inhibitors

Proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) are one of the most widely prescribed classes of medications in the United States. Many people take drugs like Nexium, Prilosec, Protonix, Prevacid, and Aciphex to control symptoms like heartburn, acid reflux, and indigestion. What DOES A PPI treat? PPIs block the secretion of gastric acid. … Read More

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