Traveler's Diarrhea View More

Traveler’s Tummy, Dheli Belly, Montezuma’s Revenge. Whatever name it goes by one thing is certain, Traveler’s Diarrhea (TD) is uncomfortable at best and downright deadly at worst. And if you’re planning that summer vacation to faraway destinations, you likely have legitimate concerns about getting sick.   The good news? Taking a good quality probiotic supplement… Continue Reading

Feeling Down? How Psychobiotics Can Help View More

Here’s a new neuroscience buzzword you need to know: psychobiotics. No, it doesn’t mean you’re crazy about probiotics, although you should be. Psychobiotics are live organisms (probiotics) that ingested in sufficient quantities; work on the brain-gut axis to help with psychiatric illnesses, including depression. Wait, what?   That’s right, depression, the mood disorder that causes… Continue Reading

Prebiotic Foods View More

By David H. Rahm, M.D.   Q:  I’ve been taking a probiotic for years but lately I’m hearing more about prebiotics. What’s the difference between prebiotics and probiotics? And, should I be taking a prebiotic supplement?   Emerging research over the past decade, has given us a greater appreciation for the role that probiotics –… Continue Reading

Blood Pressure Management View More

To lower and keep your blood pressure in check, you’re supposed to reduce sodium, eat fewer processed foods, drink less, and weigh less.    For those looking for more, it seems like taking more probiotics, the all-important beneficial bacteria in your gastrointestinal tract, can also help you lower hypertension.    A review published in Hypertension,… Continue Reading

Selenium is a trace mineral that works as an antioxidant in the body.  Selenium is incorporated into glutathione peroxidase, an antioxidant enzyme that plays a critical role in reducing free-radicals and oxidation in the body.  Free-radicals are unstable oxygen molecules that are a byproduct of metabolism.  Diet and lifestyle also impact the amount of free-radicals… Continue Reading