Live Well: Immunity

The Facts About Probiotics

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Published: April 10th, 2012
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Think all bugs are bad? Think again…Probiotics are bugs we need!  They are known as friendly bacteria that promote digestive health and overall well-being and are naturally found in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Diet, lifestyle and environmental factors can affect the balance of good vs. bad bacteria in the body. Optimal balance is required for digestive health, immunity, and more. If you don’t have at least 1 bowel movement/day, consider a probiotic supplement.  They have been shown to help restore an optimal balance to support good health.

What else makes these tiny living organisms a big deal?  Did you know that your gut contains protective immune system cells?  Probiotics are gaining attention beyond their digestive health role.  It’s being postulated that they may help boost the immune system.

Here are the facts:

Probiotics help to promote healthy digestion, support natural resistance and replenish beneficial, healthy bacteria that may be depleted as a result of poor diet, taking certain antibiotics, food poisoning, traveler’s diarrhea or poor overall digestive health.

These “friendly bacteria” really are your friends.  Something as simple as antibiotics, a high sugar diet or even lack of exercise can throw off your digestive system, but probiotics help to balance the body’s natural flora.

In order to benefit from probiotics, they need to arrive alive.  Some supplements use enhanced technology that will help to ensure the delivery of a sufficient supply of live microorganisms to the digestive tract to promote digestive health and overall well-being.

What to look for:

When choosing probiotics look for a source that provides multiple strains.  Of the many strains, two of the most commonly researched species of probiotics are Lactobacillus (L.) Acidophilus and Bifidobacterium.

A clinically studied formula also ensures efficacy and potency for your needs.  It is a no-nonsense approach to your health that is worth looking for.

Continually taking probiotics each day will help you maintain natural resistance and promote your health and well-being.

It is important to replenish the loss of beneficial bacteria through probiotics and rebuild the digestive support you need to perform healthy processes of the body.

Yogurt compared to Ultra Probiotic Complex 25 and 50*^

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Check out the difference in calorie intake and sugar content.  Wouldn’t you rather do without the added sugar and calories?

When to take probiotics:

Those who use Ultra Probiotic Complex 25 can use it to address a current condition/concern and/or for daily use.

How much to take:

There are published studies at levels much higher than 25Bn CFU confirming the benefits of probiotics. For digestive health, combining with fiber (especially prebiotic fiber like inulin or FOS) can be beneficial. Digestive enzymes also can help further support healthy digestion.   However, probiotics should really be a part of everyone’s regimen to support overall health. They could be combined with any product available in GNC stores and gnc.com.

No upper tolerable limit has been established for probiotics.  Viable counts may fall below label indications if not stored properly and at the end of the shelf life of the product. Be sure to store as directed on the label and discard after the expiration date

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