Probiotics - The Colony Within
Probiotic comes from Greek and Latin words meaning for life. In health, the gastrointestinal tract of humans is colonized by billions of microorganisms, known as friendly flora or probiotics. This colony, made up of many different strains of friendly flora, contributes to our health by:
· Producing natural antibodies and lactic acid that inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria and yeast
· Aiding bowel regulation (constipation/diarrhea)
· Producing B vitamins, including B12
· Producing enzymes which aid in the breakdown of food and absorption of nutrients
· Boosting the immune system
· Protecting us from bowel diseases
· Preventing food allergies, including lactose intolerance
· Helping remove toxins from the gut
· Producing a beneficial effect on cholesterol levels
The Destruction of Probiotics
Unfortunately, probiotics are fragile, and these precious bacteria are easily killed by such things as:
· Medications, especially antibiotics
· Excess alcohol
· Poor diet and carbonated drinks
· Birth control pills
· Stress, lack of sleep
· Poor digestion
Consequences of a Weakened or Destroyed Colony
· Gas and bloating
· Irritable bowel
· Yeast infections (candidiasis)
· Intestinal infections (dysbiosis)
· Decreased nutrient absorption
· Decreased B vitamin levels
· Lowered immune response
Restoring and Preserving the Colony: After taking antibiotics or other medications, it is obvious that replenishment of probiotics is needed. But when we consider that even stress is known to destroy them, then a daily maintenance dose is in order.
Probiotic has been specially formulated using ten different strains of stabilized probiotics. These organisms are synergistic with one another, each with specialized roles. R eplenishment of probiotics quickly returns the flora balances to normal, which has been shown to result in numerous health benefits such as: helping relieve constipation, lowering the frequency and duration of diarrhea, improving blood lipids, reducing production of intestinal toxins, inhibiting the growth of harmful bacteria, and p reventing up to 50% of infections occurring after antibiotic use.
Probiotic also contains the best prebiotic on the market:Frutafit® Inulin IQ, fructooligosaccharides (FOS). This prebiotic serves as food for the friendly bacteria, helping them grow and multiply.
Digestive-disease doctors at such esteemed institutions as Harvard are beginning to recommend probiotics to their patients… treating vaginal infections, reducing the risk of infection after surgery for ulcerative colitis and protecting against respiratory infections and eczema. Scientists also are intrigued by the possibility that probiotics could lower blood pressure and cholesterol and reduce the risk of cancer and kidney stones.