Probiotics help with may different conditions
Are all probiotics equal? I have taken several different ones and am not sure they really did anything. Do I need a probiotic? I do have digestive issues.
Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your health, especially your digestive system. According to WebMD, your body is full of bacteria, both good and bad. Probiotics are often called "good" or "helpful" bacteria because they help keep your gut healthy.
The following is a short list of what kills good bacteria and makes our gut toxic, according to Dr. David Williams - antibiotic use, chlorinated drinking water, pesticide and herbicide use, exposure to pollutants including heavy metals, sterilized foods, artificial food coloring, antidepressants, sleeping pills, altered fats in food products, anti cholesterol drugs and increase consumption of carbohydrates.
Because of bio-individuality, the balance of microorganisms found in the gut can be as unique from person to person as one's fingerprints.
Some need a probiotic that includes lactobacillus gassari that can help with weight loss while others need one that contains lactobacillus acidophilus, that helps chronic constipation.
There are many variables when taking probiotics, such as potency, dose, strains, as well as age and medical condition of recipients.
Diet plays an enormous factor in how well a probiotic works in the gut.
Although more research is needed, there is encouraging evidence that probiotics may help with the following, according to Katherine Zeratsky, a Registered Dietician with Mayo Clinic; to treat diarrhea (especially following treatment with certain antibiotics), to prevent and treat vaginal yeast infections and urinary tract infections, to treat irritable bowel syndrome, to speed treatment of certain intestinal infections and to prevent or reduce the severity of colds and flu.
If you are considering taking a probiotic, be sure to check with your doctor.
When looking to purchase a probiotic, be sure you speak to someone, at the health food store, who can help you make the correct selection.
I always recommend taking a probiotic approximately 30 minutes before a meal to minimize the interaction between the probiotic, your digestive enzymes and bile salts.
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Phylis B. Canion is a doctor of naturopathic medicine and is a certified nutritional consultant; email her at email@example.com. This column is for nutritional information only and is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure.