Good Health Begins with Probiotics


Your digestive system is home to an abundance of bacteria that help it work properly. They help you digest, absorb, and metabolize all kinds of nutrients and other substances. When you don’t have enough good bacteria here you can often feel it, in the form of constipation, gas, diarrhea, or various infections.
But scientists are continuing to explore other areas of the body containing good bacteria and just how these microorganisms impact your health, including some of these common conditions:
  • sinusitis
  • high cholesterol
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • memory loss
  • allergies
  • high blood pressure
  • obesity
You can buy probiotics. They come as capsules, tablets, or powders, and in certain foods, like yogurt. Taking probiotics can help ...  
  • boost your immune system
  • replace the good bacteria killed off by disease, stress, poor diet, or a round of antibiotics
  • treat or prevent certain conditions or infections

When choosing a probiotic, select one with the type of bacteria shown to work for your complaint. Next, make sure you’re getting enough live cells in every dose. Products can range from 100 million cells to 900 billion per dose. You’ll have to do your homework here to determine what you need. And finally, remember there are some situations where taking probiotics is not a healthy decision, so talk to your doctor first.
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  • FC&A Staff Writer