Probiotics – Good Bugs vs Bad Bugs
What are probiotics and how do they work?
A probiotic renews your normal friendly intestinal flora “bugs” that are destroyed by antibiotics and/or other influences. Probiotics improve the healthy balance of beneficial culture over those bad bacteria that may cause intestinal problems, diarrhea, gas or vaginitis.
Simply put, good food digestion and absorption is at the heart of health.
WARNING: Antibiotics not only destroy the bad bacteria, they also destroy the “friendly” bugs in your gut. The destruction of healthy bacteria can cause health issues and life-threatening disease.
How do probiotics help maintain a healthy balance of gastrointestinal flora?
Pathogens (bad bacteria) produce toxins that can result in diarrhea. Probiotics simply interfere with the growth of pathogens, thereby curtailing the toxins. Florajen probiotics correct any imbalance of intestinal flora, improving regularity and consistency of stools.
How do I pick a good probiotic?
Exercise caution with products that have several different strains. Many of those strains are not probiotics. Many strains are not bile-tolerant. We recommend the Florajen brand of product so you can be assured that all of the strains you are getting are bile-tolerant.
Here are few conditions that respond favorably to the daily use of Probiotics – the “friendly” bacteria in your gut:
- Candida albicans overgrowth (yeast)
- digestive problems
- food allergies
- intestinal gas and bloating
- irritable bowel syndrome
Can everyone take a probiotic?
Probiotics—especially those comprised of Lactobacillus and/or Bifidobacteriumstrains—are considered to be very safe for the generally healthy population. However, the following groups of people should consult with their healthcare professional before considering using probiotics.
- People who have pancreatic dysfunction
- People who have just had cardiac surgery
- People who have compromised immune systems
- Women who are pregnant and/or breastfeeding
- People who have blood in their stool
- Infants less than 6 months of age
We highly recommend Florajen 3 and have seen amazing results from this product. Start by taking two each day – for a week. then settle in by taking just one at the start of each day. Take the capsules on an empty stomach with clean water.
If you want to read more about beneficial bacteria, Kelly Karpa’s book “Bacteria for Breakfast” is a must read! You can find it in our recommended books section under the ”Health for Life” carousel. It’s the best book I’ve read on probiotics.