Are probiotics good for your stomach? Do probiotics help the gut microbiome? Can probiotics cure irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)? Probiotics have been a hot topic for several years now and continue to gain popularity. They have been hailed as a potential solution for numerous gut health problems. What exactly are probiotics and does the published research match the hype?Read More
Are fermented foods good for your stomach? Do fermented foods help with symptoms of IBS?
Since launching the site, I've been surprised by how many companies are out there making solely fermented products that are in large part marketed on the premise of improving gastrointestinal health. What is the data behind these claims?Read More
Colonic cleansing can be dangerous and has no scientific evidence of benefiting your gut health. It's probably the most common GI trend I get asked about as a doctor, and often patients fall prey to the false advertising and phony marketing that has characterized the practice for years. Let's explore these murky waters (pun-intended)...Read More
What's all the hype behind apple cider vinegar? Is it good for your gut?
The first time I heard about the trend of drinking apple vinegar to benefit your health was actually in the hospital. A young woman had seriously burned the mucosal lining of her esophagus by giving the trend a shot. Turns out she's not alone. Before we go any further, just a quick public service announcement that if you're dead set on drinking vinegar, please dilute it with plenty of water.Read More