Non-Pathogenic Supplements Nacogdoches TX
Sugar Land, TX
Town Center Wellness Chiropractic & Nutrition
Insurance Plans Accepted: Cigna, Aetna, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Humana, United Health Care, and more. Please call to have your insurance verified.
Medicare Accepted: Yes
Accepts Uninsured Patients: Yes
Medical School: Texas Chiropractic College, 2001
Languages Spoken: English,Spanish
Women's Health, Weight Management, Stress Management, Preventive Medicine, Nutrition, Naturopathy, Herbal Medicine, Healthy Aging
American Holistic Medical Association
Medical School: Univ Auto De Nuevo Leon, Fac De Med, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
Graduation Year: 1961
Hospital: R H D Mem Med Ctr, Dallas, Tx
Internal Medicine, Nutrition
Medical School: Univ Of Sydney, Fac Of Med, Sydney, Nsw, Australia
Graduation Year: 1973
Yoga, Wellness Training, Supplements, Stress Management, Rehabilitation Therapy, Psychotherapy, Preventive Medicine, Physical Therapy, Physical Exercise, Pain Management, Nutrition, Movement Therapy, Mind/Body Medicine, Meditation, Massage Therapy, Homeopathy, Herbal Medicine, Healthy Aging, Fitness/Exercise, Family Practice, Energy Medicine, Cognitive Therapy, Coaching, Breathwork, Brain Longevity, Biofeedback, Ayurveda, Arthritis
American Holistic Medical Association
Acupressure, Acupuncture, Herbology, Integrative Medicine, Nutrition, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Tui Na
Dr. Karen Hammel DC CTN
Chiropractor, Naturopathic Doctor (ND), Nutritionist
Specialties & Therapies
Specialties : Stress, Women's Health, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, General Health Concerns, Gastrointestinal Concerns, Aging Well, Adolescent Health, Muskuloskeletal Pain Conditions
Therapies : Energy Medicine, Nutritional Counseling, Natural Health, Nutrition Education, Supplements
Primer on Probiotics
By Nora Simmons
Probiotic, prebiotic; good bugs, bad bugs. Every time we turn around, another study champions the benefits of these gut-friendly supplements. But what are they? What do they do? Why should we take them? We asked Angelica S. Vrablic, PhD, a leading expert in nutrition research and a probiotic guru, to give us the lowdown. Here’s what we learned:
1. Probiotics are non-pathogenic (not capable of causing harm) bacteria that naturally live in our gut.
2. Probiotics help keep our intestines healthy and our digestive and urinary tracts running smoothly. These immunity boosters keep infection-causing bacteria (think salmonella and ulcer-inducing H. pylori) from thriving in our intestinal tracts by crowding them out and producing proteins that kill them.
3. The body doesn’t make probiotics on its own; we have to supply them, either by eating fermented food or taking supplements. Back in the good ol’ days, when Grandma pickled her garden-grown cucumbers, fermented the cabbage patch into sauerkraut, and cultured her own yogurt, our diets supplied all the healthy flora we needed. But now almost all fermented foods (even those found in natural grocery stores) contain added sugars and have undergone pasteurization, which kills the good bacteria along with the bad. “If you can find unpasteurized fermented foods (kimchi, pickles, and sauerkraut), buy pasteurized yogurt to which the probiotics have been added back, and eat plenty of prebiotics, you don’t need to supplement,” says Vrablic. But if you’re like most of us—and be honest—you need to supplement.
4. And you should. Every day. Especially after you’ve taken antibiotics. “Antibiotics kill bacteria, and because probiotics are bacterial cultures, they can’t survive. Your gut will desperately need to recolonize its healthy flora,” says Vrablic. “But wait until you finish your antibiotics before starting your probiotic supplements.” As long as you’re not on antibiotics currently, you can take probiotics at any time of the day, with or without food. And they’re totally safe; even a first-time probiotic user can confidently take the recommended dose every day.
5. So what is a prebiotic? Simply put, a prebiotic is food—a complex carb (fiber)—for your probiotic bacteria. For example, Lactobacillus acidophilus feed on the lactose from milk; they then produce lactic acid and thus yogurt. Common prebiotics include inulin (carb from chicory), pectin fiber (from citrus fruit), and almonds. Many probiotic supplements will contain a prebiotic formula too.
6. You can find formulas that specifically target different digestive issues: Lactobacillus acidophilus for gassy stomachs and lactose intolerance; bifidobacteria for intestinal problems and deeper digestive issues; or Lactobacillus rhamnosus for general gut and immune support. But Vrablic recommends finding a good all-around daily supplement that includes several strains so that you cover all your bases.
7. When you choose a supplement, rem...
Author: Nora Simmons
Copyright 1999-2009 Natural Solutions: Vibrant Health, Balanced Living/Alternative Medicine/InnoVisi...