In a recent post I talked about the role digestive enzymes can play in GI distress and GERD. I mentioned in that post that probiotics are also an important component of overall gastrointestinal health. Today I’d like to discuss probiotics in greater detail and share with you a great article by Dr. Mercola that explains the value of incorporating probiotics into your daily health regimen.
Amazingly, your body contains about 100 trillion bacteria – that’s right, 100 trillion! That’s more than 10 times the number of cells in your entire body. So it stands to reason that these bacteria might play a pretty important role in your health. Now, some of these bacteria are “good” and some are “bad.” When the bad bacteria begin to proliferate and increase in percentage, all kinds of issues can arise, from eczema, to diarrhea, constipation, bloating, nausea, headaches, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) to name just a few!
Unfortunately, our western diet consisting of a lot of sugar and refined carbohydrates promotes the growth of “bad” bacteria, yeast and fungi in your gut and intestines. Probiotics (good bacteria) on the other hand promote digestion of food, help your body eliminate toxins, and help with the absorption of nutrients. They serve many other purposes as well, and Dr. Mercola highlights over 30 healthy actions probiotics play in your body.
The ideal ratio of good to bad bacteria is 85% good to 15% bad. When this balance is disrupted, issues can arise with the lining of the stomach and intestines leading to the disorders previously described.
When considering taking a probiotic supplement it’s important to find the right strain for the issue your trying to resolve. It’s also important to take a high quality probiotic that has been stored at the proper temperature to ensure that the bacteria are alive and active. While probiotics are generally safe to take, care should be taken in people with compromised immune systems or serious illness.
As always, we’re here to help you in determining what the right probiotic is for you and we carry only pharmaceutical grade supplements, so let us know if you have any questions.
In the meantime, enjoy the article, and let me know what you think.
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Michael Lenz RPh, is a partner in Fallon Wellness Pharmacy of Saratoga. He has over 10 years experience in custom compounding. Michael has received extensive training in Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT) and Adrenal Fatigue. He is an advocate for healthy eating and proper nutritional supplementation, and speaks frequently on the subjects of hormone health, nutrition and wellness. Michael is currently enrolled in the Institute For Functional Medicine’s Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner Program. He lives in Saratoga Springs, NY with his wife and 4 children.
sources: mercola.com; webmd.com