I would bet that most people by now have heard the term probiotics. Sadly, I believe that most people don’t know what probiotics are and the significant role that probiotics play in our overall health and wellbeing. For those of you who are “gutsy” enough to raise your hand and admit that you don’t, here’s a short introduction to the relationship between these good gut bacteria and our health.
What Are Probiotics?
Probiotics are defined as strains of bacteria that live primarily in our intestines and are most often associated with digestive health. Pro means “for, or in support of” while biotics refer to “a living organism.” According to the International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics (ISAPP), probiotics are “live microorganisms that, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host.”
The host is our bodies. So, what are probiotics? They are a life-giving bacteria that are essential for the proper functioning of our body. The good news is that we have billions of good bacteria in our gut. The bad news is that we are constantly exposed to bad bacteria. The result is a “civil war” in our intestinal tract by which the bad bacteria rob our body of its ability to ward off disease.
Our Forgotten Organ: Gut Flora
The bacteria in our gut are generally known as mircobiota or Gut Flora. It is a complex system of bacteria, viruses and fungi that are intrinsically woven in our intestinal/digestive system. There are several types of bacteria, or strains of bacteria and each type serves a different function and the composition of our Gut Flora is unique to each person.
Our gut health is compromised in four primary ways. The first is food and our daily diet. Processed foods play a significant role, as does meat fed with antibiotics. Our diet consists of food that has been sterilized. Our modern diet is practically devoid of natural, “live” beneficially probiotic foods. The second factor is what we drink. Chlorinated water kills all bacteria, regardless of whether they are good or bad. Drinking distilled water is far better in promoting good bacteria.
Third, harmful bacteria enter our bodies through prescription and over the counter medications. Medications, particularly antibiotics, wreck havoc by blocking vital processes that either kill bacteria or stop them from multiplying. Unfortunately, antibiotics cannot differentiate between the “bad” bacteria that may be causing an infection and the “good” bacteria that belong in your gut. Instead, antibiotics come through like lava from a volcano, destroying everything in their path.
And fourth, our skin is the largest organ on our body. Surprisingly what we apply to our skin also has an impact on our gut health. How? Antibacterial soaps, shampoos, and creams can’t differentiate between good and bad bacteria either. Therefore, they also destroy on our healthy bacteria! Amazing, isn’t it, how intricate our body truly is. The result is an imbalance between the numbers of good versus bad bacteria.
Maintaining the proper balance of bacteria and other microorganisms in your gut is crucial, not just to your digestion, but to your overall health and wellbeing. Our gut health orchestrates our overall functioning. Several diseases states or conditions are linked to poor gut health. Among them are Allergies, Celiac’s Disease, Gastric Cancer, Autism, Obesity, Anorexia, Type 2 Diabetes and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (including Crohn’s disease). According to Dr. Mark Hyman, nearly 60 million Americans, or 20% of our population, experience IBS symptoms.
But consider this—unlike Las Vegas, what happens in the gut doesn’t stay in the gut. When there aren’t enough good bacteria to keep the intestinal lining strong, the intestinal wall begins to breakdown. When this occurs, disease-causing bacteria, toxins, and undigested food particles are released and and pass directly into the bloodstream. They disrupt the body’s normal functions—causing a host of problems from prostate troubles, to chronic anemia, mood issues, and more.
Can Probiotic Supplements Help?
The short answer is absolutely YES. Our gut is a thriving ecosystem which must be nurtured in order to fully function. The key to keeping the bad bacteria in check is eating probiotic-rich foods and taking probiotic supplements. Our intestinal bacteria are constantly under attack and supplements help to populate your gut with good bacteria. A healthy gut is the first pillar in reversing and/or preventing disease.
So Take The Next Step!
Do your research and become an educated consumer. It stunning how little we are taught in school, or even within our own families, about good nutrition and our digestive health. You will probably be amazed at what you discover. Our bodies are, in many ways, designed to heal itself yet sadly we generally are not taught about this.
Next research the difference between high quality probiotic supplements and low quality. Some things that you should look for in determining quality are: Are the ingredients organic? Do the ingredients contain “live” microorganisms? Does the probiotic have an expiration date on the container and is there a money back guarantee? One company and product that you must investigate is the recently released Probiotic from Essante Organics. This product is revolutionary within the industry and is guaranteed to be the best in the industry. For more information, visit https://essanteorganics.com/ThomStark. You will be glad that you did.
What Are The Benefits of Probiotic pHLORA
Our proprietary, patented processing technology makes PROBIOTIC pHLORA the ONLY probiotic formula in the world proven to cultivate, multiply, grow & colonize inside the human body after consumption.
- Complete GI (Gastrointestinal) support formula
- Aggressively destroys overgrowth of bad bacteria including yeast
- 7 billion “good” bacteria which grow, cultivate, multiply, & colonize in the body
- Digestive, urinary, colon, elimination, gas, bloating & yeast reduction support
- Supports properly balanced bacterial flora & pH levels
- Supports immunity, cellular health & detoxification
- 7 healthy bacteria strains including the most expensive & aggressive: L. Salivarius, the “HERCULES” of all probiotics. Most formulas do not include this strain because it is the most difficult and expensive to produce. This strain changes the GI environment more rapidly than any other strain.
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