We know that time of year (hay fever, and mold spores) is already upon us, even as old man winter continues to try and keep his grip on Winter. Did you know that when you take or eat in particular Lactobacillus blugaricus, it was show in a recent study to help with Ocular symptoms of allergies, but not so much with nasal symptoms. Probiotic products contain bacteria and/or yeasts that assist in restoring the balance in our gut.
Our digestive system normally has what we would call “good” bacteria and “bad” bacteria. Maintaining the correct balance between the “good” bacteria and the “bad” bacteria is necessary for optimal health. Things like medications, diet, diseases, and your environment can upset that balance.
Remember here are more than 50 species of lactobacilli. They are naturally found in the digestive, urinary, and genital systems. Foods that are fermented, like yogurt, and dietary supplements also contain these bacteria. Lactobacillushas been used for treating and preventing a wide variety of diseases and conditions.
Fermented dairy products have been advertised as containing “beneficial cultures.” These cultures are what would now be considered probiotics. Other foods currently claiming to provide probiotics are cereal, juice, frozen yogurt, granola, candy bars, and cookies. While they may contain probiotics, there is no guarantee that they have them in the amount or in the form that is necessary to get the health benefits you are looking for. Only the manufacturer of the product can tell you if there are any studies to support their specific product.
Our “second brain” is known as the enteric nervous system. It is a collection of neurons in the gastrointestinal tract. Its role is to manage every aspect of digestion in all the organs of the gastrointestinal tract, including the esophagus, stomach, small intestine, and colon. Within your gastrointestinal tract, there is intestinal microflora or microbiota. This complex ecosystem contains over 400 bacterial species. Good bacteria is essential and can help Promote Bowel Regularity, Reduce GI Inflammation, and Repair Gluten-Damaged Intestinal Lining.
For me, I just know the good bacteria works like magic! I get my daily supply from my diet along with Greek yogurt and Pro X10 supplement, it just makes it easy that way. Ever since I had my Gallbladder removed, I have done my best to keep Belly Bugs and junk food out of my gut. As a result I have not had The FLU or even a Cold since!
Good luck and stay healthy! – Coach Tim
To read more about Probiotics see this USProbiotics.org (http://www.usprobiotics.org/).