healthy gut

I’m a healthy 69-year-old woman who ended up in the ER with painful cramps in my lower abdomen. I was diagnosed with diverticulitis and treated with antibiotics. A registered dietitian said I need more good bacteria in my gut. She suggests kombucha, kefir and yogurt. Can you suggest other foods to eat or avoid? Can diverticulitis be cured?

By Ask the Doctors • December 28, 2022

I was happy when I saw on the news that tomatoes help your gut microbiome. I love tomatoes, but my wife keeps them out of our diet. She says they’re a nightshade plant and thinks they make arthritis worse. I’d like to know more about this new pro-tomato research.

By Ask the Doctors • December 16, 2022

It seems like every new health discovery is connected to the gut microbiome these days. I’m 68 years old, and this is new to me. I understand about probiotics, and I even take one, but now I’m seeing ads for prebiotics and postbiotics. What are they? Do I need to take them?

By Ask the Doctors • December 5, 2022

Researchers have study how various environmental and behavioral factors, including the food and beverages we eat and drink, affect the diversity of bacteria living in the gut

By Ask the Doctors • September 14, 2022

Decades of studies have found a link between the composition of the gut microbiome and CNS functions such as mood, cognition and mental health

By Ask the Doctors • March 30, 2022

While it could be tempting to focus on weight loss, concentrating on recovering your nutritional balance is a wise choice

By Ask the Doctors • February 11, 2022

Although the idea of a leaky gut has gained ground in recent years, the how and why remain a mystery

By Ask the Doctors • December 1, 2021

Learn more about the link between obesity and the composition of microbes living in the gut

By Ask the Doctors • November 24, 2021

Your body is an ecosystem for trillions of different microorganism species. Find out how to keep them healthy and coexisting peacefully.

By Chayil Champion • November 18, 2021

Imbalances or abnormalities in the microbial colonies in your gut could adversely affect immune function

By Ask the Doctors • October 8, 2021