Culturelle Digestive Health

The (Amazing) Influence Gut Flora Has Over Your Health

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Recent science publications (Science Daily, Nutrition in Clinical Practice, etc.) have highlighted the importance of certain microorganisms or “gut flora” to an individual’s overall health. These tiny creatures affect everything from the absorption of nutrients, to brain development & function, to our immune system & weight and even to our energy levels. In fact, these studies have linked certain nutrition-related illnesses – both malnutrition and obesity – to the imbalance of gut flora, suggesting that a healthy gut ecosystem not only improves life quality, but can also stave off disease. What is Gut Flora?Gut flora refers to the microbes that...

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The Dangers Of Processed Sugars

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Americans have an addiction to sugar. On average, Americans consume an estimated 156 pounds of sugar per year. It’s not only found in candies, baked goods and other confections but also in the most unlikely of places. Canned vegetables, condiments, salad dressings, pastas, gravies, even chicken stock and other foods that don’t taste distinctly sweet at all are often loaded with the substance to enhance flavor. This is especially true with “low fat” foods, which are loaded with sugar in the place of fat. Given the ubiquity of sugar in the modern industrialized diet, it can be a challenge to...

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Theories of Antibiotics and Probiotics

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The theory behind probiotics is to use lots of beneficial microorganisms to out-compete pathogenic microbes for food sources, thereby starving the pathogens.The objective of antibiotic use is to quickly kill the pathogenic microbes in the body to prevent further illness or death. The problem with this approach is that all the microbes are killed, leaving the body susceptible to bacterial infection. Extended use of antibiotics also leads to severe digestive problems including chronic constipation, diverticulosis, and a host of other problems. Antibiotics are helpful when there are severe cases of microbial infection. However, their use should always be followed up...

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Introduction

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We'd like to make use of this space to expand on information relating to digestion. It would be great to get some discussions going on here that relate to probiotics and health. From time to time, when we find some relative information here, we'll post articles that relate to this field. Please also send links to articles when you find them if you think they'd be helpful to our readers.Please keep this a friendly place and do not use for flagrant self-promotion.Thank you,EM America

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