Category Archives: Probiotics

Healthy Gut Flora in Babies

Here’s an interesting article I found yesterday in the NY Times which reports on a recent study published in the CMAJ about healthy gut flora in babies. This report suggests that babies born vaginally and babies who are breast feed may have healthier gut flora than babies born via C-section and fed only formula. Healthy […]

Treating Childhood Ear Infections with Antibiotics Increases risk for Inflammatory Bowel Disease

A recent article in Pediatrics reports that exposure to antibiotics during childhood is associated with the development of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). IBD is a group of inflammatory conditions that affect the digestive tract. The major forms are Cohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. They are very different diseases but may both present with abdominal pain, […]

Prenatal Vitamin D Enhances Kids’ Language Skills

Results of a recent study suggest that mom’s vitamin D status during pregnancy enhances the neurocognitive development of their offspring. This study showed that pregnant women with low serum levels of Vitamin D (<46nmol/L) had a 2-fold higher risk of having a child with language difficulties compared with pregnant women whose vitamin D levels were […]

Probiotics- so much more than gut support

A handful of health-conscious friends of mine were surprised to learn that I take a probiotic to help not just my digestion but also my overall immune system. Most of us know that probiotics can help ease bloating and gas, treat diarrhea and support the health of our entire gastrointestinal tract. But there are a […]

Can an Imbalance in Gut Flora Contribute to Weight Gain?

A heatlthy gut flora is a balance between ‘good’, beneficial bacteria and ‘bad’ bacteria. Imbalances in gut flora are believed to be contributing factors to many chronic diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, autoimmune disease as well as gas and bloating. Now it appears that gut microflora may contribute to weight gain […]