Probiotics and Gut Health

Probiotics-and-Gut-HealthYour digestive system is home to millions of bacteria, nearly 400 varieties. While a few of these bacteria can be harmful, most support a variety of healthy functions from digestion and absorption of food to supporting your internal immune system. These beneficial bacteria are called probiotics.

While we are rarely aware of these probiotics unless there is a related digestive problem, they do require support and replacement as stress, poor diet and antibiotic treatments can damage or kill the beneficial probiotics. Damaged or low levels can lead to diarrhea, yeast infections, irritable bowel syndrome and similar digestive ailments, the most frequent being gas and bloating, constipation, and fatigue.

Probiotics, those beneficial bacteria, need to be regularly replenished in order to maintain your gut health. Probiotic supplements act as reinforcements in the battle against unhealthy bacteria and yeast. If left unchecked, these “bad” bacteria will develop and grow, building up in your digestive tract and blocking the normal absorption of nutrients. This is one reason why taking probiotic bacteria supplements are beneficial for your continued digestive or “gut” health.

“The gut is your second brain and is an independent thinker. Like the rest of the body, it doesn’t listen to the king brain. It has a mind of it’s own and performs it’s functions of digestion, absorption and evacuation at it’s own command. Most diseases initiate their potential with a poor gut. And hence it is imperative to keep your digestion working at it’s optimum, easy and the way it should be. Minus bloating, acidity, acid reflux, constipation and other well heard of tummy ailments”. timesofindia.indiatimes.com

Choosing Probiotics.

Dr. David Williams, health researcher and nutrition expert, has identified
4 basic criteria to evaluate probiotic supplements. When choosing the best probiotic product, look for: 

 

A list of the included specific probiotic strains.

 

The delivery system – how is it stored and delivered “live” to your gut?

 

Product expiration dates – critical in a product intended to supply “live” probiotics.

 

Does the manufacturer offer a money-back guarantee?

 

Do they stand behind their product?