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I have written many article in the past about the use of probiotics in Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Up to this point there was not a lot of information specific to their use in IBD but they were often prescribed in a "well, it couldn't hurt to try it" sort of way.
Less than a year ago I attended a webcast during which time I was able to ask several of the top doctors in IBD about probiotics. They seemed to think that in the future there would be specific probiotics designed to treat specific diseases. At the time it sounded like this treatment would be a long was off but recent research proves promising.
Researchers at Northwestern medicine deleted a gene in the probiotic Lactobacillus acidophilus and fed it to two groups of mice with different forms of colitis. All of the mice saw a regression of symptoms. The probiotic almost completely eliminated the inflammation in the colon and stopped the progression of the colitis by 95 percent. The researchers theorized that this ...
In the past years we've all heard about probiotics and how good they are for our health. But, this may be especially true for those of us who live with gut diseases such as Crohn's, ulcerative colitis, and Celiac disease.
I've been reading about and taking and eating foods that contain natural probiotics for more than 15 years now. And my own personal experience seems to be that the probiotics are helpful to my gut.
And according to an article that was recently pulsihed in The New York Times - http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/24/opinion/sunday/what-really-causes-celiac-disease.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0 - making sure our guts are populated with the right balance of good and bad bacteria is paramount to not only helping keep our gut healthy, but may actually help to treat people who have Celiac disease and possibly IBD.
From my own experience, the best way to get your probiotics is by eating properly fermented yogurt and vegetables and taking a quality probiotic pi...
By Christy Estes, RD, LD Diarrhea or constipation? Are you somewhere in between? If not, you are probably like many Americans who are striving to find the balance called regularity. Regularity is defined as having a bowel movement (that's not too soft or too hard) three times a day to three times a week. (1) If you are having persistent diarrhea or constipation, you should check with your doctor to try to determine the cause. Your doctor may suggest trying to include foods that contain prebiotics or probiotics to help improve regularity. Pre Versus Pro: What's the Difference What are prebiotics and probiotics? We began a discussion of this topic in " Your Digestive System, a Powerful Source of Health ". We learned that prebiotics help sustain the balance of potentially harmful and helpful bacteria in the microflora of your colon. They do so by stimulating the growth of helpful bacteria in your gut. While probiotics are live bacteria that, when consumed, have a helpful eff...
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