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Probiotics are a valuable addition to your personal health arsenal. Read on to find out exactly what they are, how they work, and how they will benefit you.
Probiotics: What They Are and Why They're Important It is almost certain that you have heard something about probiotics and prebiotics. However, you may be wondering what these supplements are and if they are something you should consider taking. In this article, we will examine those questions and help you identify the right answer for you. Bacteria: The Essential Balance First, it is vital that you realize that we require bacteria to remain healthy, even though this may be counter-intuitive. This is because the digestive tract needs the right balance of certain bacteria to be able to properly perform its function. While it is true that some bacteria are harmful, especially when they get into parts of the body where they don't belong, or if they grow out of control. Nevertheless, the right balance of beneficial bacteria" is vital for maintaining your health. http://www.cbfm.org Wendy Maris This Balance Can Get Out of Whack The unfortunate reality is that a range of factors can disturb the balance. Antibiotics, for example, are a frequent causes of imbalance of beneficial bacteria in the intestines. Antibiotics will sometimes decimate the populations of beneficial microorganisms in addition to the toxic bacteria they are intended to kill. This, in turn, can lead to damage of your digestive system's ability to do it job properly, as well as cause damage to your intestinal lining. Once this has occurred, restoring the proper balance can be difficult. Restoring Balance: The Role of Probiotics Fortunately, restoring this balance is precisely what probiotics do. Probiotics are oral supplements that contain dormant beneficial bacteria. When you take probiotics, beneficial bacteria begin to take hold again in your colon, thereby restoring the proper balance by crowding out harmful microorganisms. Regular use of probiotic supplements can not only establish the right balance again, but also ensure that it persists. Are All Probiotics Equal? The short answer is no. In the first place, many probiotics on the market have only one variety of bacteria in them, which is most often Acidophilus. In contrast, some of the supplements that are available contain up to twenty different kinds of bacteria. Greater variety is what you are looking for. Moreover, dosage, or concentration, is also important. But, when we say dosage, we do not mean the number of pills you take. Instead we are talking about the concentration of bacteria in each pill. This is denoted by CFU, which stands for Colony Forming Units. Many probiotic supplements on the market contain only a few hundred thousand CFUs, whereas the better ones contain up to billions of CFUs. It's wise to opt for the higher dosages in order to maximize the effect. Prebiotics: The Nurturing Component So then, what are prebiotics? Like all living organisms, bacteria require proper nutrients in order to survive and grow. This is precisely the function of prebiotics; they nurture the growth and survival of http://www.cbfm.org Wendy Maris beneficial bacteria. Hence, it's always a good idea to choose probiotic supplements that also contain prebiotics. Summary In conclusion, you must have a healthy balance of the right bacteria for your digestive system to properly digest what you eat and for you to stay healthy. That's why it's beneficial for you to take a daily probiotics supplement which contains a high dosage of a variety of "good" bacteria. The take home message is that probiotics are an excellent addition to your good-health arsenal! Wendy Maris is a former sufferer of Leaky Gut Syndrome and now seeks to raise awareness about this stealth disorder and share how she recovered from it. For more information, please visit Leaky Gut Syndrome Information. When you join our mailing list, you will get our free report “Leaky Gut Syndrome:10 Secrets You Should Know”. Disclaimer: This article is intended for informational and educational purposes only. Nothing in this article should be taken as medical advice. Before you embark on any new health program, consult your personal physician or natural health care practitioner. he Publisher has striven to be as accurate and complete as possible in the creation of this site, notwithstanding the fact that she does not warrant or represent at any time that the contents within are accurate due to the rapidly changing nature knowledge. While all attempts have been made to verify information provided on this site, the Publisher assumes no responsibility for errors, omissions, or contrary interpretation of the subject Matter herein. Any perceived slights of specific persons, peoples, or organizations are unintentional. On practical advice sites, like anything else in life, there are no guarantees. Readers are cautioned to reply on their own judgment about their individual circumstances to act accordingly. http://www.cbfm.org Wendy Maris
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