PROBIOTICS: THEY’RE WHAT’S GOOD (PART ONE)

PROBIOTICS: THEY’RE WHAT’S GOOD (PART ONE)

The word probiotics in Greek means “for life.” Probiotics are live, beneficial bacteria that are essential for your digestive health. For some, the word bacteria conjures up images of bad bugs wreaking havoc and causing diseases throughout the world and in your body. But, your body is full of thousands of species of bacteria, both friendly and unfriendly. Probiotics “crowd out” the bad bacteria that cause infections and other health problems.
In an ideal world, the daily ratio of friendly to unfriendly bacteria should be 80:20. You take in the 20% of bad, unfriendly bacteria through the foods you eat, our environment and the air you breathe. Bad, unfriendly bacteria are a normal part of life.
You can achieve the goal of 80% friendly bacteria by supplementing with probiotics and by the foods you eat. A high quality probiotic can re-inoculate your intestinal tract with friendly, good bacteria. I highly recommend Advanced Naturals probiotics. Advanced Naturals offers a complete line of high potency daily probiotic supplements for your every need. The initial protocol I suggest to clients is the 7-day Ultimate FloraMax Super Critical 200 Billion followed by a daily maintenance level of the Ultimate FloraMax Critical Colon 80 Billion. The 7-day Super Critical 200 Billion probiotic is a powder and is easy to absorb. It gives the intestinal tract a power punch of friendly bacteria and I suggest it as the foundation for continued, daily care with the Critical Colon 80 Billion. Advanced Naturals offers targeted probiotics for specific client needs. These products are available at Relaxing Alternatives Wellness Center in Gaithersburg, Maryland.
Fermented, cultured foods are natural sources of friendly bacteria. Plain yogurt, sauerkraut, kimchi, miso, tempeh, kombucha, and plain kefir are foods you should add to your daily nutrition to support re-inoculating your intestinal tract with the friendly bacteria. A few teaspoons of these foods go a long way. Read your labels on probiotic beverages, yogurt, kombucha and kefir products. Many contain way too much sugar per serving. A good rule of thumb is to avoid any product that contains more than 5 grams of organic (or any kind of) sugar per serving. Also remember, most containers have more than one serving. Do your math.
A few things to remember: 1) Seventy to 80 percent of your body’s immune cells are located in your intestinal tract. A healthy intestinal tract keeps your immune system strong to fight the onslaught of bad bugs you’re exposed to on a daily basis; 2) because your body is composed of several thousand species of bacteria and each probiotic supplement contains different species, it is a good idea to change your probiotics from time to time. Changing them gives your body an opportunity to be exposed to a variety of species for better overall health; and 3) because your body gets accustomed to all supplements and, as a result, they can become less effective, your probiotics (as well as other supplements) should be changed from time to time, every 30-60 days.
In summary, probiotic supplements and fermented foods are necessary to build your intestinal tract’s good bacteria to the ideal 80:20 ratio. The consistent, daily consumption of probiotic supplements and fermented, cultured foods should improve your intestinal tract health in many ways.
Please feel free to contact me at (301) 987-2300 or (202) 577-3823 to discuss your specific probiotic needs.
Sharon V.B. Roulhac is an integrative nutrition health coach and an internationally certified colon hydrotherapist. She is affiliated with Relaxing Alternatives Wellness Center in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

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