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Probiotics - A Solution for Bloating, Gas, IBS, Skin Infections, Tooth Decay, Diarrhea and More
If you experience bloating, gas, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, skin infections, vaginal infections or diarrhea, you will want to read more about probiotics and the benefits of taking a probiotic supplement every day.
Probiotics are live microorganisms - bacteria in most cases - that are similar to beneficial microorganisms in your intestines. They are also referred to as "friendly bacteria" or "good bacteria". Probiotic bacterial cultures assist your body's naturally occurring gut flora to reestablish themselves.
Ideally, the microflora colony in the digestive tract should be made up of 85 percent friendly bacteria to 15 percent harmful bacteria. This balance is affected by the use of antibiotics, oral contraceptives, steroids, exposure to radiation (X-rays and radiation therapies), consumption of chlorinated water, refined sugars and other refined foods, and by poor digestion, poor elimination of waste, stress and an unhealthy diet. Consider reading our article on Digestive System Disruptors.
When the balance of good and bad bacteria is adversely altered, your body becomes overloaded with toxins, which causes chronic diseases and illnesses. Taking a probiotic supplement and eating foods that include probiotics will help buffer your stomach acid and intestinal bile, increasing the chance of good bacteria surviving.
Benefits of probiotics:
Improve digestion of food
Enhance absorption of vitamins
Increase availability of vitamins and nutrients, especially Vitamin B, Vitamin K, lactase, fatty acids and calcium
Help kill viruses and parasites
Increase resistance to infection
Inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria
Regulate pH value by producing lactic acid, hydrogen peroxide. Increase the acidity of intestine (lower pH value) and inhibit reproduction of many harmful bacteria and yeasts
Probiotics treat the following:
Infectious diarrhea and traveler's diarrhea
Infection with Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori), a bacterium that causes most ulcers and
chronic stomach inflammation
Reduce symptoms of lactose intolerance
Reduce cholesterol levels when high
Foods containing probiotics:
Fermented and unfermented milk
Some juices and soy beverages
*Not all yogurt contains active bacterial culture. L acidophilus, L bulgaricus and S thermophilus are the most common bacterial strains added in yogurt. These bacteria are on the ingredient list. More labels are stating "live cultures" or "active cultures", which you want to look for. Avoid yogurt that is heat treated after culturing. This means the added bacteria was pasteurized, which will destroy live cultures. At that point, you recieve no benefit to taking them.
Why you need probiotics:
Drinking chlorinated water destroys your intestinal flora
Farm animals are fed antibiotics to keep diseases down. When you eat meat, you take in these antibiotics
When the ratio of good bacteria to bad is lowered, problems begin to arise such as excessive gas, bloating, constipation, intestinal toxicity and poor absorption of nutrients
Alcoholic beverages kill probiotics, encouraging harmful bacteria and yeast overgrowth
The use of antibiotics directly kills all bacteria in your intestinal tract. That is why probiotics is recommended while taking antibiotics
Birth control pills and many other drugs cause damage to the intestinal flora and to the tissue in the intestinal wall
It amazes me that in the technological age that we live in, the Medical Community has still not embraced the need for probiotics. In fact, one of the top Medical Researches was quoted, "Simply avoid the over utilization of antibiotics and your microbiome will correct itself." That speaks volumes to the understanding the Medical Profession has on the importance of probiotics to offset the level of disruption our current life-styles experience. And when you appreciate all the things probiotics helps, if we were to help ourselves this way, we may not need the Medical Profession, since we would have no more health concerns.
How to choose probiotics:
You do not need a prescription to take probiotics, as they are available in grocery stores and health food stores. Taking probiotics when your body does not actually need them won't cause you any harm.
Consider the following when looking for a probiotic:
The type of bacteria, including the genus and species
The potency or number of bacteria per dose
Start by taking at least 15 billion viable L. acidophilus or B. bifidum cells 3 times a day with breakfast, lunch and dinner. Take them with your food so the food can bring them to the area of your intestines for ideal function. Take 30-45 billion viable organisms 3 times daily to prevent diarrhea from antibiotics and conditions such as Irritable Bowel, Crohn’s, Diverticulitis or chronic diarrhea.
Maintaining proper pH balance within the gastrointestinal tract is critical to probiotic growth and health. The pH inside the small intestine should be slightly alkaline (7.5-8.0) and the colon should be slightly acidic (6.0-6.8). Without the correct pH, probiotics won't function properly. In order to achieve and maintain pH balance, it is important to eat the appropriate foods.
Working with a Holistic Chiropractor who is well versed in dealing with probiotics, keeps them stored in the refrigerator and who knows how important they are would be important. Consider this when choosing to take a probiotic.
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