Probitotics have become pretty mainstream now
. New food products emerge on grocery store shelves every week with at least some kind of probiotic ingredients and we’re not just talking yogurt anymore. They seem to be one of those things we know “we’re supposed to like.” But why?
First, bear in mind that in addition to the word “probiotics” they can be called by many different names, which you’ll probably see in health literature or product labels. These other terms include:
- Beneficial bacteria
- Intestinal flora
These good bacteria – by any of these names — colonize inside the digestive tract. They stick to the walls of the colon and take up residence. In other words, they live down there. However, they don’t stick around forever, and need to be replenished, either from food or supplement sources.
The Benefits of Probiotics Go Beyond Digestion
While probiotics are definitely important for healthy digestion (which many would say is the source of good health in general) they do a lot more than that, including:
- Keep nasty fungus and yeast cells at bay.
- Help keep bowel movements soft, well-formed, and easy to pass, preventing constipation.
- Help us absorb nutrients like calcium properly, which in turn, helps the body build healthy bones.
- Produce lactase, the enzyme that digests lactose in milk, ice cream, yogurt, and cheese.
- Prevent cholesterol from leaving the intestines and entering the bloodstream.
- Help eliminate embarrassing gas and bloating.
- Support the immune system and the way the body responds to inflammation.
So while the idea of whether you not you use probiotics might seem like a light one, it may be wise to not take it lightly.
Lactobacillus acidophilus & Bifidobacteria longum
Look at most food or supplement labels, and usually two probiotics stand out. There’s a good reason for this. Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacteria longum are well-researched and provide significant health benefits. If these two names sound at all familiar, it’s because they are the species most often found in yogurt.
Interestingly, even though associated with dairy, Bifidobacteria longum assists in the breakdown of lactose and relieves some of the symptoms of lactose intolerance, including gas and bloating. Lactose intolerance is fairly common, especially in non-European individuals, and accounts for at least 50 million Americans.
While our microflora can naturally replenish, if we are stressed, on vacation, sick, overworked, or just feeling overwhelmed, it can take a long time. Without giving probiotic numbers a boost now and then, some digestive concerns – or possibly others – could reassert themselves in their absence.
So whether you prefer the food-based form, or have a favorite supplement in mind (or use both – there’s nothing wrong with that!) the important thing is to get that beneficial bacteria on board. It makes for a much easier journey.
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- Lactoferrin is a powerhouse antioxidant, so it can help knock out the free radicals that can cause damage to your body’s cells and stress out your immune system.
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This proprietary blend includes Lactobacillus acidophilus and plantarum, plus Bifidobacterium lactis and longum. These strains are the “heavy hitters” of digestive support and immune response.