I first heard of a probiotic when actress, Jaime Curtis, did the commercials promoting the natural benefit that yogurt contains probiotics that helps people be regular. Years later, I was researching ways to maximize my nutritional intake for training and started to learn about probiotics. Probiotics are strongly recommended by Gastrointestinal specialists for people that struggle with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Crohn’s, Ulcerative Colitis, and other bowel issues. I don’t struggle with those issues but I came across the list of issues that can be helped by a probiotic:
- Frequent colds or bouts of flu
- Irregular or Painful Bowel Movements
- Acid Reflux/Heartburn/Difficulty Digesting
- Difficulty Losing Weight
- Acne and Other Skin Conditions
- Bad Breath
- Yeast Infections
I was floored when I saw frequently sick & allergies! I had been sick a lot and couldn’t figure out why my immune system wasn’t bouncing back. Did you know that 70% of your immune response originates in your digestive tract?
So how do they work?
It has to do with the “Glut Flora” or the “Good Bacteria” in our digestive tracks. There are many things that can destroy your “good” bacteria and this wreaks havoc on our ability to properly digest and have regular bowl movements. Here’s a short list of how good and bad bacteria contribute to your health.
- Regulate bowels
- Eliminate painful bloating, cramping
- Prevent infections in other organs (such as bladder, vagina, & ears)
- Malabsorption with leads to diarrhea
- Promote gas production, bloating, cramping
- Promote production of toxins that can lead to life threatening problems
- Promote weight gain
That’s where probiotics come in. Probiotics are pills filled with billions of “good” bacteria, and when you take them, they can help turn the tide of the battle in your intestines.
Here are a few other things that can disrupt your internal balance:
- Antibiotics and Other Medications
- Fluoride in Water
- Oral Contraceptives
- Diets High in Simple Carbohydrates
- Estrogen Replacement
If you’ve come in contact with any of the above situations, you likely need a probiotic to “even out” your delicate intestinal balance. The sooner you restore that balance, the quicker you’ll feel better and more energetic…and the less likely it is that infections and other serious issues can set in.
If you would like to look into Probiotics further, like which kind is better and why; here’s a good article on Whole 9 Life: http://whole9life.com/2012/04/probiotics-101/