More than 20 years ago—decades before anyone knew what a probiotic was and before there was any interest in “good bacteria”—I published a detailed self-help program called “The Key to Solving a Thousand Problems.” It explained the far-reaching health benefits associated with normalizing the balance of bacteria in the gut. I described exactly how it could be done and why it should be the starting point for preserving or regaining one’s health.
Restoring and rebalancing the gut bacteria is more crucial to your health today than at any time in the history of mankind. Your physical and mental health are directly influenced by, and dependent on, the bacteria and other microbes that live in and on your body. I am convinced that properly maintaining the microflora is one of the underlying secrets to extreme longevity.
Below are links to many of the articles I’ve written over past years that discuss the importance of gut flora to overall well-being. I encourage you to read as many as possible (and to check back often for updates) and to pay attention to this very important aspect of wellness.
Importance of Gut Bacteria and Microflora to Health
- How Healthy Gut Bacteria Support Digestive Health
- 9 Ways That Good Gut Bacteria Support Your Overall Health (That Have Nothing to Do With Digestion)
- Lifestyle Habits That Damage Gut Bacteria
- Signs You Have Too Much Bad Bacteria in Your Gut
- How to Restore and Improve Your Gut Bacteria
- Healthy Gut Bacteria Linked to Weight Loss
- Gut Flora, Losing Weight, and the Real Reason Gastric Bypass Works
- Gut Bacteria May Influence Food Cravings
- Oral Probiotics: Reinforcing the First Line of Defense Against Pathogens
- Balanced Microflora Is a Cornerstone of Immune Health
- The Unique Effects of Gut Bacteria on Babies and Seniors
- The Importance of Gut Bacteria During Infancy
- Cesarean Birth Alters Gut Flora and Increases the Need for Probiotic Support
- How Our Gut Bacteria Control Our Mood
- Why Mood Disorder Treatment Should Begin With Gut Bacteria
- Measure Your Gut Health With a Stool pH Test
- Fast Facts About Gut Microflora
- Gut Flora and Carotenoids Help Protect Against Heart Disease
- Gut Health and the Benefits of Traditional Fermented Foods
- Traditional Fermented Foods That Boost Digestive Health
- Tips and Tools for Making Your Own Traditional Fermented Foods
- How to Make Fermented Vegetables
- Sauerkraut Recipe
- Q&A: What Makes Unpasturized Probiotic Foods Superior?
How to Buy and Use Probiotic Supplements
- Probiotics 101: What They Are and Why You Need One Every Day
- How to Choose the Best Probiotic Supplement
- The Right Probiotic Supplement for People Age 50 and Older
- Probiotic Species and Strains: What Are Their Differences?
- Common Side Effects of Probiotics: Should You Worry?
- Probiotics: One of the Best Supplements for Women
The Article That Started It All
- The Key to Solving a Thousand Problems—This article originally appeared in the July and August 1989 issues of Alternatives. Though new research and understanding of the microbiome has rendered some of the article out of date, it still holds value as a starting point for understanding the many ways in which gut bacteria influence our digestive and overall health.