Tuesday, January 24, 2012

How Probiotics can Benefit Your Health

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On occasion, I have taken probiotics because I knew it was good for me, but, for reasons unknown, I didn't continue.   I really missed out on some of the marvelous benefits that it can bestow on its users.

Anyway,  a few months ago, I took the supplement to help overcome a  nasty cold.  Well, it was one of the best things that I could probably have done for myself.

This post will deal with the healthful benefits of probiotics.

How can probiotics help you?

Interesting, we are exposed to probiotics from a very tender age. When? Well, during that awesome jouney down the mother's birth canal where the baby comes in contact with the bacteria in the mother's vagina.  This starts colonization in the infant's GI tract of good bacteria and lays the foundation for the immune system and good digestion of the growing child.

As we grow and consume various forms of foods including chlorinated water, sugars and processed foods, the GI system and immune system can become overwhelmed if the good bacteria in the gut is not kept in balance. Antiobiotic use can also through this delicate balance off kilter thereby weakening our immune system and digestion.

What actually do probiotics do for us?

How do probiotics provide health? Well, among the many beneficial things they do for the body includes:

  • aiding in digestion of hard-to-digest foods.
  • enhance the synthesis of B vitamins and improve calcium absorption.
  • promoting vaginal health.
  • support overall immune function.
What are the strains of good bacteria?

What are some of the good bacteria strains? The most common is Lactobacillus acidophilus.

Below is a list of some different strains of probiotics and what they can do for human health.

Lactobacillus casei - This forms works with other organisms and encourages the growth of other beneficial bacteria.

Lactobacillus plantarum - Has been shown to be resistant to low pH conditions and able to survive bile concentrations in the intestines.

Lactobacillus salivarius - Helps to promote intestinal and oral health.

Lactobacillus rhamnosus -  Assists elimination and intestinal discomfrot by helping to promote health intestinal flora.

It has been suggested to take Lactobacillus acidophilus DDS-1 which is supposed to be very easily assimilated in the gut. It has also been found to have specific properties that are important in human health.

 When should you take a probiotic?

Avoid taking it within three hours of taking an antibiotic. Take the probiotics at least 15 minutes to thirty minutes before a meal.  This eliminates the damage from stomach acid which can kill some of the bacteria.

Good health to you!


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