Probiotics are beneficial, friendly bacteria that reside in our intestinal tract. There are approximately 500 different strains of bacteria that live in our intestinal tract. In fact, there are several times more bacteria in our intestinal tract than there are cells in our body! In all, there are three to four pounds of bacteria growing in our intestinal tract daily. The probiotic bacteria, the “for life bacteria” are essential for healthy living.
Lactobacillus bacteria are the primary bacterial strain living in our small intestine, while the bifidobacterium are the main bacteria in residence in our large intestine. Whatever the appropriate strain, probiotics perform many important functions in us. First, they are an essential part of our immune system and work to increase the production of immune cells in the intestinal tract. They then serve another function by helping to reduce inflammation throughout the body. Probiotics have been shown to assist in helping to lower cholesterol. The major role of probiotics in the gut is to assist in the digestion of food and the absorption of nutrients such as calcium and other minerals. Finally, probiotics have been shown to actually produce certain vitamins in our intestinal tract.
A healthy bacterial flora is essential for good health. However, there are several ways that the population of these friendly bacteria can be diminished. Taking an antibiotic will kill off the good, friendly bacteria as well as the bacteria causing an infection. Episodes of diarrhea can affect the population of friendly bacteria as well. Extended periods of stress can diminish the population of healthy bacteria. Finally, drinking chlorinated water can have an adverse effect on intestinal flora.
Probiotics have proven helpful for a wide range health issues:
- Using probiotics while taking antibiotics helps to reduce diarrhea and prevent secondary yeast infections
- Diminishing diarrhea by re-establishing normal gut flora
- Acid reflux
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Enhancing recovery in compromised immune systems
With all of the many probiotic formulas available, how does one choose? You can trust our Premier Pharmacists to help you choose the best formulation for you. Some individuals believe that eating yogurt is sufficient to restore normal bacterial flora. However, one capsule of a good probiotic will have ten times more live culture per dose than an entire container of yogurt. It is difficult to take too much probiotic and the one billion to ten billion live organisms per dose, helps to quickly address bacterial insufficiencies. The majority of probiotic formulations are refrigerated. However, there are some excellent products that do not require refrigeration.
We will be stocking only the best products in our Gut Support line:
- Saccharomyces Combo
- FOS Powder
- Probiotics UltraMax
- Probiotic Mega Blend DF
- Extra Strength Probiotic
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