We're hearing a lot about probiotics these days. Yogurt, kombucha, kefir: it seems as though probiotic foods are all the rage. But what about PREBIOTICS? You may not be hearing as much about prebiotics, but the evidence indicates that they may be even more important. That's because prebiotic foods are critical for maintaining the health of our GI tract. And in dermatology, research has found a definite link between the health of our gut and the health of our skin. This connec
Why do my patients keep asking about apple cider vinegar? Why do so many young people drink kombucha? One reason is probiotics. It seems as though we're hearing a lot more about probiotics these days. In the refrigerated aisle, I've seen multiple products--yogurt, juice, miso, sauerkraut, kimchi--that loudly announce that they contain probiotics. Products I'd never heard about before-like kefir, a fermented milk beverage, and kombucha, a fermented tea beverage-suddenly seem t
Eczema can be an incredibly frustrating and challenging skin condition.
There's no cure. The treatments have potential side effects. And eczema is a complex condition, with different potential triggers in different people.
It's no wonder, then, that many of my patients ask about dietary supplements.
What have research studies determined about the effectiveness of supplements for the treatment of eczema?
I co-authored a review article on this subject, written for a med
Your food may not need to be raw, but some of it definitely needs to be alive.
No, I'm not talking about some strange throwback practice. (No live goldfish!) I'm talking about probiotics.
Probiotics are live bacteria. They're also known as "good" bacteria, and you'll find them in foods such as yogurt with live cultures. They're also sold over-the-counter as supplements.
There's been a lot of research in the last several years on the gut microbiome. This refers to the ty