Probiotics are ESSENTIAL to human nutrition.
What are Probiotics? They are live microorganisms that are also known as “good bacteria” which are similar to the good microorganisms already present in the gut. Probiotics do wonders for the immune system by lessening the growth of harmful bacteria that can make us sick. Surprisingly enough, most illnesses that we wouldn’t normally think could be caused by problems in the “gut”-usually are.
Does everyone need them? Very few people can say they consume a perfect diet and maintain the perfect lifestyle. Unless you are one of the few- you probably should consider adding this supplement to your diet. The digestive system becomes imbalanced by:
- Over usage of antibiotics
- Consuming processed/unhealthy foods
- Excess stress and anxiety
- Excess alcohol intake
- Infections of the gastrointestinal tract
- Exposure to toxic and unnatural substances
Where can I find them? Probiotics can be found in foods like yogurts, some cheeses, and smoothies to name a few- however the most beneficial way to consume probiotics is from taking the supplement. Be careful however to read all labels before purchasing any product claiming to contain probiotics. Somewhere on the label it should read “contains live and active cultures”. That’s the only way the product can truly provide the necessary health benefits.
Probiotics are used for the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome, vaginal and skin infections, and tooth decay/gum disease just to name a few.
When you come into our office, we can better recommend the type of probiotic that is best for you. Be sure to speak to Dr. Danubio prior to consuming any supplements. Each patient is evaluated on a case by case basis and every patient has different and unique needs that are treated individually.