How to Choose a Probiotic

What I should I look for when picking out a probiotic from the numerous options on the shelf?

  1. Culture Count
  2. Number of Strains
  3. Potency guaranteed through expiration

Lactobacillus cultures/strains work best in the Small Intestine.

Bifidobacterium cultures/strains work best in the Large Intestine.

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Probiotics are microorganisms that help maintain intestinal balance.  They can improve digestion and support our immune system, because most of our immune system is actually in our gut.

About 10 trillion cells make up the body’s tissues, but we actually have around 100 trillion bacterial cells just in our digestive tract.  There are 10 times as many bacteria as are there cells in the entire human body.

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Good bacteria help with:

  • producing some Vitamins, including some B-Vitamins and Vitamin K
  • helping protect the intestinal lining against harmful bacteria
  • stimulating anti-body production
  • aiding in enzyme production for good digestion

What can alter the balance of good and bad bacteria?

  • Antibiotics
  • Poor diet
  • Chlorinated water
  • Preservatives
  • Medications
  • Stress
  • Environmental factors

Unbalanced bacteria in the intestines can cause:

  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Decreased immune health
  • Yeast imbalance
  • Gas
  • Bloating
  • Other digestive problems
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