Probiotics

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Probiotics

Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional and all information in this article was found on the internet, and has links to those websites. Please consult your physician before you make any changes that will affect your health, to make sure it is right for you.

Tim and I take probiotics daily, here’s why……….

Your digestive system is home to more than 500 different types of bacteria? The good ones help keep your intestines healthy and assist in digesting food. It is also believed that they help your immune system.
Sometimes, the good bacteria can get overtaken by the bad, and put your gut out of balance. The balance can be disrupted after you take antibiotics, or experience an infection, due to excess stress, a poor diet or environmental toxins.

How to restore your balance:
If any of the disruptions listed above are you, it’s a good idea to add a source of probiotics into your diet. Probiotics are the “good” bacteria your gut needs to function optimally. There are a variety of different strains, but the two most prominent strains are Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium genera.
What are Probiotics and what do they do for you?

The answer is simple…….Probiotics are a “friendly” bacteria that keeps you healthy.
Probiotics are living good bacteria that stay alive in your intestine after being consumed.
Probiotics help detoxify and cleanse your body. 
Probiotics speedup the transfer time of toxic waste in your colon, preventing toxins from staying in your body and being reabsorbed in your bloodstream.
What Probiotics Can Help?
If you suffer from any of these symptoms, probiotics may be able to help you:
• Irritable Bowel Syndrome
• Crohn’s Disease
• Ulcerative Colitis
• Constipation or diarrhea
• Childhood allergies
• Chronic urinary and vaginal infections
• Weak immune system
• Autoimmune disorders associated with gut abnormalities such as eczema, chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia
• Tooth decay and gum disease
How to get Probiotics into your diet:
You can consume
• Cultured vegetables, like sauerkraut, lacto-fermented pickles and more.
• Probiotic beverages like kombucha, water kefir and milk kefir.
• Cultured dairy such as yogurt, cultured butter, sour cream and more.
• Take a probiotic supplement, which usually comes in a capsule or powder form.
What to Look for in a Good Probiotic:
There are a few things you should look for in a good probiotic. It should have as many different strains as possible, and these should include and Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium genera.
Your local health food store will carry a wide variety of probiotics that can help improve your gut health.
you have any doubt, it’s always good to consult with your doctor for further information about the right type of probiotics for you.

When to Take Probiotics – Before, With or After Meals?
Care2 website speaks about a study that found that probiotic bacterial survival was best when consumed within 30 minutes before or simultaneously with a meal or beverage that contained some fat content. Dr. Weil recommends taking probiotic supplements after antibiotic treatment with meals. However if you are unable to take probiotics at these times, Livestrong website claims that taking probiotics at a “less ideal” time is better than taking none at all.

Sources
http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/features/what-are-probiotics
http://www.health.harvard.edu/fhg/updates/update0905c.shtml
http://www.mnn.com/health/fitness-well-being/stories/which-probiotic-do-i-need
http://www.livestrong.com/article/240418-why-do-we-need-probiotic-supplements/
http://www.healthyandnaturalworld.com/9-reasons-to-take-probiotics/
https://healthyplanetcanada.wordpress.com/2013/06/26/the-health-benefits-of-probiotic-supplements/

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