Visbiome Blog

  • Probiotic Trio: Exploring the Three Most Common Types of Probiotics

    By Dr. Melody Khorrami, PharmD, RPh, INHC Probiotics are live microorganisms that are intended to have health benefits when they are consumed. They...
  • Love and GI issues: IBS and Dating

     By Melody Khorrami, PharmD, RPh, INHC Dating in the modern world is incredibly difficult. It is hard to find the right person, but it is even hard...
  • How do probiotics work?

     Dr. Melody Khorrami, PharmD, RPh, INHC The human body isn’t just made up of our own cells. We host around 100 trillion microbes. Over 500 species...
  • What is Leaky Gut?

    The intestinal barrier in the human gut has important immune defense components. This barrier includes an epithelial (outer) layer and mucus. The mucus lining of the intestines absorbs nutrients and water from the food we eat. The semi-permeable nature of the human gut causes some of this food to enter the bloodstream.
  • Safety & Efficacy of Probiotics

    Over the past decade, the microbiome has become a growing area of interest in health & medicine. One aspect of microbiome health that has becom...
  • Gluten Free! What does it mean?

    There has been a lot of attention in the last couple of years over the concept of gluten-free. It is hard to differentiate between fads and necessary health practices around certain nutritional advice.

    The gluten-free diet has been promoted for various health goals. Some supporters of the diet believe that gluten triggers inflammation in the body and can contribute to certain health conditions. 

    While many people can tolerate gluten and have no problems consuming it, some people should consider avoiding it.

  • Constipation relief: It is possible!

    Constipation is a common medical condition, with a prevalence around the world of around 15% of people suffering from it. It is one of the most frequent gastrointestinal diagnoses in ambulatory care settings, and while usually managed by primary care doctors, constipation is a commonly referred condition to gastroenterologists.
  • What is the role of strain specificity in choosing a probiotic?

    By Melody Khorrami, PharmD, RPh, INHC As consumer use of probiotics increases, the need for education around choosing the right probiotic combinati...
  • Stress management for IBS patients

    Stress management is an important area that is discussed during GI visits for patients who are dealing with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The relationship between psychological health and gut symptoms can be best managed by developing a holistic treatment. Read more about how stress management is important for IBS patients and some tips you can use to manage your stress levels
  • Can emotions affect gut health?

    Experiencing stress and negative emotions are a part of the human experience, but if they are not processed in a healthy manner they can lead to manifestations of physical health problems. The gut-brain connection is revolutionizing our understanding of what the trillions of bacteria, are doing in the gut.
  • What is the role of the gut microbiome in personalized medicine? 

    Our understanding of best practices for health and wellness is constantly evolving due to emerging research. As science continues to advance concerning chronic health management, it has become clear that a more bio-individual approach to health management is needed and wanted by most people.
  • This New Year: Start with Your Gut!

    By Melody Khorrami, PharmD, RPh As we enter a new year, it is always helpful to take a moment to reflect on the past year. Journaling about your pe...