Finding the Best Probiotic

I’m sure that most of you would have seen the commercials for probiotics. Just regular people eating small cups of yogurt to feel better than they have ever felt in their life. Could it really be that simple? Yes, probiotics is sometimes that has only recently started becoming popular around the world and the fact of the matter is, it works. Still, many people do not fully understand what it is or what it can do and that is where I am going to try and help you in this article.

Our diets have changed rapidly in the last few decades. Nowadays, we want to eat a lot of healthy fruits and vegetables instead of lean meats. Our diets are full of grains, sugar and beef. Isn’t it obvious that we will have problems with digestion? The main reason for this is because all the good bacteria which are in our stomach are being killed by these unhealthy foods. Therefore, we can’t digest food properly and the toxicity levels in our body increase exponentially. Flatulence and constipation are two examples of a poor digestive system. In severe cases, this can lead to various other health issues like heart disease and even cancer. Even something like a yeast infection in women could be caused by the absence of good bacteria in your system.

So what exactly is probiotics? It is basically Lactobacillus, the good bacteria. There are thirteen kinds of Lactobacillus which help us with food digestion and maintaining the level of acid in our stomach. You might have read this word on a yogurt cup. That is because it helps in the fermentation of yogurt and even milk.

These small cups/bottles of yogurt have really become popular in the last few years and this has led to an increase in their price as well. There is no way of telling exactly how much good bacteria are present in every bottle though. Then how can you be sure that they are providing you with enough good bacteria?

There are quite a few best probiotic products being sold today which guarantee high counts of good bacteria. These products are mostly sold in liquid, capsule, tablet or powder form. You will not find them in drugstores or in the supermarket though. They can either be purchased at a health food store or on the internet.

As far as the best probiotic supplement is concerned, you have to choose between single-strain, dual-strain & multi-strain probiotics. The one you choose will vary depending on what you need it for. So what are you waiting for? Include probiotics in your life today.

 

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Implementing Friendly Bacteria

Because of the diversity and number, it has become evident that bacteria play an important role in human health. Most of these bacteria are not harmful, and in fact contribute positively to normal growth and development. Some of the bacteria, however, can have negative influences as we talked about last time.

A healthy balance of the bacteria, favoring beneficial bacteria over potentially harmful bacteria, is essential to the proper functioning of all systems of the body.

Friendly bacteria strains can suppress harmful bacteria. They have been shown to improve intestinal tract health by aiding digestion and elimination, alleviating the symptoms of lactose intolerance, improving absorption of minerals and reducing toxins in the bloodstream, and improving immune function.

Friendly bacteria are needed to:

  • Manufacture and assimilate B vitamin (niacin, biotin, folic acid, riboflavin & B-12)
  • Produce digestive enzymes
  • Detoxify toxic materials in the body
  • Reduce unfriendly bacteria in the body
  • Reduce blood pressure
  • Reduce cholesterol in the blood
  • Balance pH levels in the intestines (acid/alkaline balance)
  • Assist in protection from colon irritation, constipation, and diarrhea
  • Help with digestion of proteins, carbohydrates and fats
  • Produce natural anti-bacterial agents
  • Detoxify chemicals added to foods
  • Increase assimilation of calcium
  • Retard yeast growth (especially Candida)
  • Retard Candida infections, herpes
  • Help eliminate bad breath, bloating and gas

What destroys natural friendly bacteria in the system?

  • Antibiotics – kill not only the bad, but also the good bacteria in the body (this includes the antibiotics in meat and dairy products that we consume each day). Even one dose can kill all of the friendly bacteria.
  • Steroid drugs – cortisone, hormonal birth control, laxatives.
  • Alcohol – destroys enzymes and lacto bacteria.
  • Coffee – destroys friendly bacteria.
  • Stress
  • Aging
  • Anything that weakens the immune system also affects the balance of beneficial and harmful bacteria.

What encourages harmful bacteria in the intestines?

  • Sugar – any foods containing white sugars and sugar substitutes.
  • Gluten – any foods that contain gluten; breads, pastries, etc.
  • Meat – feeds the bacillus coli (harmful bacteria) which then overrun the friendly bacteria.
  • Any foods that use fermentation or molds in the production process.

What are the effects of an unhealthy balance of bacteria?

Some of the most common effects are diarrhea, digestive problems, lactose intolerance, hypertension, cancer, vaginitis, small bowel bacterial overgrowth, kidney stones, elevated blood cholesterol and allergies. The Solutions4 PROBIOTIC formula provides friendly bacteria, and using this formula as part of the Solutions4 Candida Program will help maintain a healthy level of friendly bacteria in the system to allow the body to keep yeasts under control.

Have questions about Dr. Augello’s Health and Body Makeover Candida Program? Send us an email at draugellowellness [at] gmail [dot] com! We are located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

 

Despite claims, not all probiotics can treat diarrhea say experts

Probiotics for treatment of acute diarrhea in children

Researchers at the University of Naples tested five different preparations in 571 children with acute diarrhoea. All the children were aged 3-36 months and were visiting a family paediatrician with acute diarrhoea. Children were randomly assigned to receive either a specific probiotic product for five days (intervention groups) or oral rehydration solution (control group).

Duration of diarrhoea was significantly lower in children receiving Lactobacillus GG and a mix of four bacterial strains than in patients receiving oral rehydration alone. The three other preparations had no significant effect

Secondary outcomes were similar in all groups and no side effects were recorded

They conclude: the efficacy of probiotic preparations for the treatment of acute diarrhoea in children is related to the individual strains of bacteria, and physicians should choose preparations based on effectiveness data.

 

Probiotics for treatment of acute diarrhea in children Researchers at the University of Naples tested five different preparations in 571 children with acute diarrhoea. All the children were aged 3-36 months and were visiting a family paediatrician with acute diarrhoea. Children were randomly assigned to receive either a specific probiotic product for five days (intervention […]

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Probiotics important to increase immunity against diseases in children

Ever thought that this could be traced back to the bacteria residing in our tummies, right from the time we were born? Now, a newborn that keeps falling sick is every parent’s nightmare. So how can we protect our child from frequent illnesses?

The answer is to help support and build up their immunity and the secret to do this lies deep within the digestive system.

 Science has revealed that the human body is home to more than 100 trillion microscopic bugs and, they are everywhere – from our tongue, hair to our skin and blood. However it is the 500 or so different types of bacteria living deep within our digestive tract that do wonders for our health. These beneficial or “good” bacteria reside in the small intestine (gut) and put up a nasty fight when they encounter harmful microorganisms that enter our body from the food we eat. The good bacteria also fight against the resident “bad” bacteria. In fact, the balance between the good and bad bacteria in the intestine is crucial in determining health and well-being.

On the way through the birth canal during a normal delivery, a newborn gets dosed with good bacteria from their mother. These good bacteria are present in breast milk too, and, exclusively breast-fed infants have adequate amount of these bacteria. These good bacteria are like soldiers who fortify our “first line of defense”, in this case the intestinal wall and prevent the enemy (harmful bacteria) from entering the body. Good bacteria are known to produce chemicals that kill harmful microorganisms before they could actually enter the body. They are also known to form a physical barrier shielding the intestinal wall and blocking the passage of harmful microorganisms into the body.

Probiotics in Prabhat

Click image to read article in Marathi published in Prabhat Newspaper

So how do we make sure that the good bacteria flourish in the small intestine?

Probiotics is the answer to this. Usually the type of probiotics added to foods is similar to the good bacteria found in the small intestine. It is safe and the benefits of these are recognized the world over. In fact, a newborn baby who is breastfed gets these important probiotics from the mother through breast milk. Therefore, consumption of probiotics on an everyday basis increases the concentration of the good bacteria in the intestine and helps build immunity. Also, when we take antibiotics to fight infections, we unknowingly kill all types of bacteria. This is where probiotics can have a profound effect, not just on the health of the digestive tract, but also on the overall health of the child as well.

Dr. Geeta Dharmatti, Consultant Nutritionist at Aditya Birla Memorial Hospital, Pune said that, “The period from birth to two years of life is considered a window of opportunity to shape the babies defense (immune) system. Studies support the role of probiotics for their preventive benefits – be it lowering allergy-related conditions such as allergic skin disorders and diarrhea or overall in building immunity of the child throughout the life.”

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Probiotics

Prabhat Daily, Pune, 22 Nov 2013

Day in and day out our body is exposed to an unrelenting stream of harmful bacteria and viruses that challenges our health and well-being. Our body fights back; however what about our children? Children including newborns have a very immature and developing immune system. As a result of this they are more prone to falling sick.

Ever thought that this could be traced back to the bacteria residing in our tummies, right from the time we were born? Now, a newborn that keeps falling sick is every parent’s nightmare. So how can we protect our child from frequent illnesses?

The answer is to help support and build up their immunity and the secret to do this lies deep within the digestive system.

 

Science has revealed that the human body is home to more than 100 trillion microscopic bugs and, they are everywhere –…

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