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Recently, the Kaufmännische Krankenkasse (KKH) reported that compared to a decade ago physicians in Germany prescribed fewer antibiotics. On average, treatment rates had fallen by some 11 percent, with prescription to children and teenagers dropping even more significantly (toddlers: minus 30 percent). This is a positive development. Only too often, antibiotics were prescribed even when
Indulging in red wine may be beneficial for our gut microbiota. This is suggested by studies scientists at King’s college London published in recent weeks (Le Roy et al. 2019). They looked at the effect of different alcoholic drinks such as beer, wine, or cider on bacterial diversity in the gut. The collection of bacteria
Some months ago, we advised on this website that the state of our skin reflects what we eat – e.g. as a cause of allergies or skin disorders such as atopic dermatitis. A study conducted at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) has now investigated whether excessive salt consumption can lead to allergic skin diseases.
Lactic acid bacteria, which can be found in fermented foods such as sauerkraut or yoghurt, support our immune system and hence human health (cf. http://www.gesunde-bakterien.de/en/fermentation-bacteria-preserve-foods-and-nutrients-2/). Scientists at the University of Leipzig have now demonstrated the mechanisms behind this. They examined how lactic acid bacteria interact with specific receptors on the surface of cells in our
“Eat five (portions of fruit and vegetables) a day”, “5 a day” or “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” – everyone of us is familiar with many sayings which admonish us to follow healthy diets. Most often, the argument brought forward is that fruit and vegetables are especially rich sources of vitamins. A
So far, stool samples or colonoscopies have been the only ways to detect colorectal cancer in its early stages. This may change in the future. Evidence is provided by an international study conducted by the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany (see also http://www.gesunde-bakterien.de/en/crucial-bacteria-how-the-gut-determines-our-lives/), in collaboration with the University of Copenhagen. Researchers found
Our diet is among the most prevalent causes of skin problems. “Too much sugar, too much wine – often, our dietary sins are evident in our faces”, as the journalist Gloria von Bronewski recently wrote in the German daily Die Welt. But how does food cause spots, acne, blemishes, or skin diseases? And how can
Chronic bowel diseases such as Crohn‘s disease or ulcerative colitis continue to rise. Speculations and explanations regarding the causes of these lifestyle diseases (also known as “environmental diseases”) abound. Scientists at Kiel University have recently put forward a new theory explaining the onset of such lifestyle diseases, referred to as the “overfeeding hypothesis”. According to
Many of the bacteria in dirt and soil are by no means unhealthy, but rather very beneficial to the human organism. If you come in contact with dirt regularly during childhood, you will be much less likely to develop allergies later in life. [Link http://www.gesunde-bakterien.de/en/natural-diversity-benefits-healthy-skin/]. A study from the University of Marburg supports this theory.
Antibiotics are effective against harmful bacteria in the body, but not only against these: Destroyed are not only pathogens (i.e. bacteria with disease-causing properties), but also bacteria which are useful, harmless, and occasionally very important for our health. Gut bacteria, in particular, are seriously affected during treatment with broad-spectrum antibiotics. Recently, a group of researchers