Why you should be taking Probiotics

Probiotics are one of the few supplements that I take daily and I will explain why.

Probiotics are living microorganisms also commonly referred to as friendly, good or healthy bacteria found in your gut. They help to digest food, particularly hard to digest foods for certain individuals. It is important that the foods we consume are taken in and exit in a timely manner and probiotics help to move food through the gut efficiently.

Studies have shown that 80% of your immune system lives in your gut therefore linking the overall health of the gut to the overall health of your immune system.

Some common conditions probiotics treat are:

  • Constipation
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Infectious Diarrhea (caused by bacteria, parasites, viruses)
  • Antibiotic related diarrhea

Research also shows that probiotics may help ease the symptoms of non-stomach issues such as:

  • Urinary Tract and Vaginal Infections
  • Eczema
  • Prevent colds and allergies

Cultured or fermented dairy products such as yogurt can be a source of probiotics but here is the downfall to that. Most yogurts are loaded with sugar and all commercially sold yogurt is pasteurized. During the pasteurization process most of the probiotics are destroyed due to the high heat levels.

Quality matters when it comes to choosing a probiotic. My recommendation is to find a high quality probiotic that contains the strain Lactobacillus acidophilus DDS-1. Research suggests that DDS-1 is acid and bile resistant for intestinal survival and it adapts well to the human body.

While probiotics help to keep the digestion tract healthy, remember eating a high quality diet of natural unprocessed foods is by far the best thing you can do for your overall gut health.

 

 

Disclaimer:

The information on this website is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified health care professional and is not intended as medical advice. These statements have not been approved by the FDA. This website is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or condition.

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