Millions of people, on a daily basis, walk the streets without knowing exactly why they suffer certain chronic pains.
We eat more processed foods than in any other generation. We are exposed to antibiotics more than ever; it is in our food, and prescribed for the smallest infection. Furthermore, the economic times create a much higher stress level, increasing our susceptibility to illness.
There is no exact science to answer this question, but generally the more beneficial bacteria you have, the better your ability will be to fight harmful bacteria in the gut. It is recommended to take between 6 billion and 50 billion active cells each day, depending on your age and individual need. Studies have shown that our level of good intestinal bacteria declines with age, so older adults may benefit from a higher culture count.
While some nutrients (such as vitamins) are measured in grams or milligrams, probiotics are measure in units called “active cultures”. Adults should consume between 6 and 15 billion active cultures daily, and those over 50 should take 30 to 50 billion active cultures daily. For critical care needs, 50 billion or more active cultures are recommended.
Eating a diet rich in fermented foods such as yogurt, kefir (a fermented milk drink) and sauerkraut will support a healthy bacterial balance. You should also eat plenty of fiber, since fiber is a preferred food source for good bacteria and helps them flourish. Taking a balanced probiotic that contains both Bifidobacteria and Lactobacilli is also essential.
The consequences of too few beneficial bacteria (probiotics) may include diarrhea, constipation, gas and bloating, yeast overgrowth and vaginal yeast infections, decreased immune function, lactose intolerance, impaired digestion and even skin disruptions.
When deciding which probiotic is right for your needs, there are three important factors to consider:
Does it contain both Bifidobacteria and Lactobacilli? These are the two most prevalent probiotics in your digestive system, and both are equally important. Unfortunately, many probiotic supplements contain high amounts of Lactobacilli and not enough Bifidobacteria. Be sure to choose a probiotic supplement that has a high amount of each to ensure that both the small and large intestine are supported.
Research has proven that as we age, the probiotic population in our intestines decreases. Therefore, it is important to increase our probiotic intake by choosing an age-specific supplement.
Make sure that the probiotic you choose is either enteric-coated or uses BIO-Tract™ tableting. Both methods of delivery ensure that the beneficial probiotics have the extra assistance necessary to bypass the harsh acidic environment of the stomach and get delivered directly to the intestines where they are best utilized.
In conclusion, any human who has a digestive system (which I assume is everyone!!!), you need to take probiotics. Start today, your gut will thank you.