You wake up feeling half dead, and you just know it’s not an average cold.
When you finally drag yourself to the doctor’s office, he takes one look at your charts and immediately prescribes an antibiotic. Within a few days of faithfully taking those prescribed pills, you feel better. By the end of the week, you’re feeling nearly completely recovered.
Well, not quite. Antibiotics may work like magic – in many cases, they can mean the difference between life and death – but while you’re fighting off that infection, those little pills can wreak havoc on your gut with symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, and bloating.
Fortunately, you can counter the side effects of antibiotics naturally, experiencing the benefits with minimized discomfort by taking a good probiotic. Here are some of the most common side effects, and how you can benefit from taking probiotics.
If you have Crohn’s disease (like 700,000 other Americans do), you know the pain of random flare-ups and try to avoid the foods that can trigger discomfort. Unfortunately, a lot of the most delicious, greasy treats are off-limits, as they irritate your gastrointestinal lining.
But what if you’re on vacation in one of the most beautiful places in the world, San Diego, and don’t want to have to worry about navigating through menus for safe foods? You don’t have to subsist on bananas for the duration of your trip. Crohn’s may be a highly individualized disease, but our list of top Crohn’s friendly restaurants in San Diego will have something for everyone. Read on to discover what works for your gut, and where to get it.
We’ve already discussed probiotics and food, and the pros of taking gut supplements in pill form. Now, we’ll explore why prebiotics – the lesser known gut friendly supplement – are so important.
Let’s start with what they are. Prebiotics cannot be digested by humans but instead provide nutrients to the beneficial microbe species in the gut. In other words, prebiotics are dinner for the beneficial microorganisms that live in your gut. They help these microorganisms to thrive, grow, and encourage diversity, which is crucial for gut health. Here are some other reasons why you should feed your probiotics:
Your poo may be trying to tell you something. Are you flushing away the answer?
In all seriousness, faeces is one of the most underrated and valuable ways to see the state of your body’s GI health. But most people aren’t jumping to examine things after they go. We get it – it’s not exactly fun to examine (or pretty). But with the popularization of the book What’s Your Poo Telling You (not to be confused with Everybody Poops 410 Pounds a Year), featuring illustrations of different types of poo and explanations by a genuine medical professional, this is a topic that is trending. Everything comes down to poo!
Feeling stressed at work? How’s your stomach?
It may sound like a strange question, but believe it or not, the bacteria in your gut is emerging as a huge player in the way your body reacts to stress and other mental ailments. The groundbreaking Human Microbiome Project has given scientists new insight into the way your stomach bacteria can affect your brain functions.
It turns out your stomach could have more to do with your battles with depression than you might think. In fact, those diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder often have Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth and reduced GI function, not to mention lowered good fatty acids. A good probiotic could be a big part of a comprehensive solution.