The wellness community and the staff at Perlman Clinic/ has been talking a lot about the benefits of good bacteria which exists in our body’s gut. This has sparked an increased interested in consuming probiotic supplements. However, many people still don’t understand what good bacteria does.
Researchers are discovering that good bacteria affect our gut flora and even determines our mood. Overall, the bacteria promote the health of our immune system and digestive system.
In modern times, it is much more difficult to maintain the proper amount of gut flora because of all the toxins, medications, and chemicals that we are exposed to on a daily basis. Things like antibiotics, food preservatives, pesticides, and chlorinated water and all destroy these good bacteria. Even people suffering from chronic stress will have an imbalance of good bacteria. Once this happens, it paves the way for bad bacteria to take its place. These bad bacteria include parasites, yeast, and fungus.
The only way to prevent bad bacteria from entering your gut is to balance out the good bacteria and make sure it stays there. That way, the good bacteria and fight the bad bacteria and keep your immune system and digestive system healthy. By taking probiotics, it is increasing the number of good bacteria which can detoxify your system and help you absorb nutrients more efficiently. If you have been taking too many antibiotics, the probiotics can balance the negative effects of that as well.
Stopping Harmful Invaders
The number of good bacteria species that live in our gut is in the hundreds. A healthy body is one where the number of good bacteria is more than the number of cells. When organisms enter the body, they first go to the digestive tube and approach the gut flora. This is where the battle takes place between good bacteria and bad bacteria. The good bacteria are like an army trying to protect its fort from the enemy invaders. The more good bacteria you have, the better you will be able to fight these harmful invading organisms. That is what makes probiotics so important to take because it will make your immunity very strong.
Better Absorption of Nutrients
The gut flora is like the fermentation system of your body. What you may not realize is that good bacteria have digestive systems of their own which are not like ours. Good bacteria do things to the foods we eat that our own digestive system can’t do. For example, we all need lots of B-Vitamins to stay healthy, such as biotin and folate. When we consume foods with these nutrients, the good bacteria must digest them first. Afterward, the body is able to absorb these nutrients for its own health. If something interferes with this process and the body can’t absorb those nutrients, we will develop skin problems, reduced energy levels, and brain fogginess. So, by taking probiotics, it will allow the body to absorb the B Vitamins and sustain your health in these areas.
Better Detoxification Everyday
The main detoxification area of the body is the gut flora. Since it is constantly being used, it needs to be replenished with more probiotics quite often. The liver is the main organ of the body for removing toxins. The liver depends on the gut flora to remove as many toxins as possible so that it doesn’t have to work as hard. Without a healthy gut flora, the liver will be doing double the work.
The consumption of probiotic supplements will keep the gut flora healthy and strong. This will allow it to filter a lot of the toxins found in the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat. Lactobacillus is a type of probiotic which helps filter out heavy metals from being absorbed. Therefore, anyone looking to eat clean from now on should add probiotic supplements to their diet regimen.
Medical experts still don’t fully understand everything there is to know about good bacteria which exists in our environment and gut. What they really don’t understand all that well is how to add more good bacteria to the gut for the sake of good health. However, research has proven that consuming probiotics will enhance a person’s health. They have the ability to fight off a significant amount of toxins that we come across each day. Most importantly, they have been proven to improve nutrient absorption, immune system health, and digestion. Anyone on antibiotics who is experiencing negative symptoms will see benefits from probiotics too. For more information please visit one of our many urgent care locations in San Diego County!
Perlman Clinic’s New Downtown La Jolla Office
Perlman Clinic has opened its newest location in Downtown La Jolla. It is located on the ground floor of the Wall Street Building at 7855 Ivanhoe Avenue, Suite 110, La Jolla, Ca. 92037. Initially, Perlman Clinic – Downtown La Jolla will be open from 9 AM – 6 PM, Mondays through Fridays and from 8 AM through 4:30 PM on Saturdays. Patients will be pleased to find that Perlman Clinic has designated and convenient surface parking.
We are immensely proud to introduce Dr. Regina Fleming as the principal physician at our new Downtown La Jolla location. Dr. Fleming is a La Jolla native and is delighted to work in her hometown. In addition to being board certified in General Preventive Medicine, Dr. Fleming also has a Masters Degree in Public Health. Her previous experiences include being the Medical Director for Student Health and Counseling for the ten UCSD campuses. We are sure our patients will find Dr. Fleming not only charming and caring, but also a determined advocate for their medical care. Come visit Perlman Clinic Downtown La Jolla today!
Perlman Clinic Carlsbad Office Update
Perlman Clinic Carlsbad continues to grow our North County patient base by providing a convenient North County location for patients. Located on the 2nd Floor above the Urban Outfitters Building at The Forum Carlsbad, 1905 Calle Barcelona, Suite 211, Carlsbad, Ca. 92009, our North County location is currently open 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM, Mondays through Fridays. Ideally, as we grow our North County patient base, we will have the need to open on Saturdays.
Dr. Seymour Myers is available to see his patients at this location. Having relocated from Solana Beach, they have found the new Perlman Clinic Carlsbad to be more convenient than our XiMed Building offices. Additionally, Dr. Jamie Switzer is attending to her North County patients one day a week in Carlsbad. She continues, however, to primarily attend to patients at our XiMed Building offices.
Our goal is to provide convenient and accessible quality medical care. Having earned your trust, Perlman Clinic, and all of our providers such as Dr. Switzer and Dr. Myers, are committed to patient care and to being your medical advocate.
Let’s face it, this time of year it is very common for people to come down with colds and possibly the flu. Many of those suffering will visit their doctor with fevers, nagging coughs, body aches and pains. If you are someone that thinks a cold or flu will pass and there’s is no need to see your doctor, read on!
If you are uncertain, at any time, about your symptoms, it is a good idea to make an appointment with your doctor. You should be wary to believe that your cold will work its way out if it is persisting. If you are running a fever that medications are not helping, you are dizzy or dehydrated, you have a cough that won’t quit, or an endless sore throat, you’d be wise not to ignore it.
Whether you have one symptom or a few, and no medication is working, you should consider visiting your doctor. If for any reason you are uncomfortable with your symptoms, you should visit your doctor or urgent care facility such as Perlman Clinic.
Many people will visit these offices during the winter months because they don’t have a clue what’s wrong with their bodies. Colds and other viral illnesses are common but there could be underlying circumstances. Colds usually include runny noses, sore throats, sneezing, and coughing. If your cold includes a fever, this is less common in adults than in children. Usually, these symptoms can be treated with over-the-counter medications.
If someone is suffering from a sore throat along with a fever, swollen lymph nodes, red and/or swollen tonsils, and having problems swallowing this could be a sign of strep throat. This is a bacterial infection that is quite common in children and can be treated with antibiotics. You should go to your urgent care facility or doctor to get antibiotics and check to make sure something else is not occurring because strep throat can lead to other serious issues.
In most cases, colds and the flu will work their way out. However, if you have a virus you should still seek medical assistance. Not only is the flu miserable, it is very contagious. It is an illness that without proper care can lead to many other complications. The flu can very quickly turn into serious respiratory issues such as pneumonia or sepsis, which is an infection that takes over your body. Elderly people, infants, and others with weakened immune systems are extremely susceptible to these side effects.
A thorough examination will determine if you have the flu which is accompanied by fever, body aches and pains, and fatigue. There are other viruses including intestinal and stomach-related which are usually accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. This situation can be treated by anti-nausea medications or intravenous fluids when there are signs of extensive dehydration. Children and infants are more susceptible than adults to contracting the flu and ear infections.
An influenza diagnostic test can be run if someone has the flu but it’s not always 100% accurate. Therefore, even if the test is negative, a patient with body aches, congestion, fever, and a runny nose can be treated with medications to alleviate their symptoms.
After returning home, if still suffering, you should drink plenty of liquids and control your fever with medications such as Motrin or Tylenol as indicated. With colds, it is advised you get plenty of rest. To prevent spreading your cold or flu, stay home from work or school for at least 24-hours after your fever has subsided and no further medications are required.