Who would have thought that taking billions and billions of bacteria would be so good for you? Probiotics, a “good” form of bacteria, are becoming increasingly popular in relieving systems ranging from occasional irregularity to even protecting the body from yeast infections.
What is a Probiotic?
The root of the word probiotic comes from the Greek word pro, meaning “promoting” and biotic, meaning “life.” Probiotics are live microorganisms, most are bacteria. Bacteria may not sound like something we would want in our bodies, but there are “good” and “bad” strains of bacteria. Our digestive system works to balance out good and bad bacteria in our bodies. Factors such as the environment, disease and even our diet can disrupt this balance of “good” and “bad” bacteria. Probiotics help regulate the balance.
Probiotics work to protect our bodies in many ways. One way is by balancing our digestive tract. According to medicinenet.com, stress, poor eating habits, lack of sleep, antibiotic overuse, drugs, and environmental influences can all shift our digestive balance in favor of bad bacteria. A healthy digestive tract filters out harmful substances such as toxins and chemicals and takes in nutrients our bodies need and deliver them to cells where they are needed. This balance can even help to protect the immune system.
Our bodies do use some “bad” bacteria, but problems arise when there are more bad bacteria than good. This imbalance can cause diarrhea, muscle pain, fatigue and even urinary tract infections.
What are the different probiotic strains?
Lactobacillus is a popular strain of probiotics with over 50 species. Studies have linked Lactobacillus to treating and/or preventing urinary tract infections, irritable bowel syndrome, diarrhea, yeast infections, respiratory infections and even skin disorders such as eczema and acne.
Another large probiotic strain is bifidobacteria. There are over 30 species of bifidobacteria. Bifidobacteria makes up about 90% of the healthy bacteria in the colon. Studies have shown that bifidobacteria can help with irritable bowel syndrome, dental cavities and even improve blood lipids and glucose tolerance. Bifidobacteria can also help repopulate normal flora of the intestines after taking antibiotics.
Healthy Belly® is a unique probiotic that can be added to anything! You can sprinkle on your cereal or yogurt or add it to your favorite beverage. It comes in a pouch and unlike many probiotics on the market, does not need to be refrigerated. Healthy Belly® is a convenient and delicious way to get over 20 billion healthy bacteria strains including:
Healthy Belly® also has a good source of fiber for even more digestive balance. Use Healthy Belly® daily to give you a happy, healthy belly!
1.Kovacs, Betty. Probiotics. Medicinenet.com. Retrieved October 12,2012 from http://www.medicinenet.com/probiotics/article.htm
2.Grey, Charis. What are Various Strains of Probiotics Good For? Livingstrong.com. (November 4, 2012). Retrieved October 12, 2012 from http://www.livestrong.com/article/296228-what-are-various-strains-of-probiotics-good-for/#ixzz22ygGy6Nj