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Importance of a Healthy Digestive Tract
More than 70 percent of the body’s immune defenses are located in the intestines, where beneficial bacteria called probiotics work to crowd out harmful microbes that can contribute to poor health and disease.
For this reason, maintaining a healthy balance of intestinal bacteria provides the foundation necessary for optimal digestion and overall health.
It’s All about Balance
Your digestive tract is home to literally trillions of bacteria (more than 500 different species). Ideally, you should have approximately 80 percent good or neutral bacteria to approximately 20 percent harmful bacteria.
The Critical Importance of Bifidobacteria and Lactobacilli
In a healthy intestinal tract, Bifidobacteria and Lactobacilli make up the majority of the healthy bacterial cells residing there. Bifidobacteria are the most prevalent good bacteria in the large intestine (or colon), and they account for up to 25 percent of the total probiotics in your body.
Lactobacilli are the most prevalent good bacteria in the small intestine as well as the vaginal tract. They are especially important for women, as they produce beneficial compounds that help fight the growth of harmful bacteria and yeast.
Why Do We Need Probiotics?
Everyday factors such as diet, stress, travel, exposure to illness and even the use of certain medications can diminish the number of healthy bacteria in the digestive tract and upset an otherwise balanced intestinal environment.
This allows unhealthy microbes to flourish and may lead to intestinal issues such as diarrhea and constipation, as well as a decline in healthy immune function. Taking a daily probiotic supplement can help replenish good bacteria and restore a healthy bacterial balance.
What Benefits Do Probiotics Provide?
Improve digestive health
Promote bowel regularity
Prevent occasional diarrhea and constipation
Improve immune function and overall well being
Manufacture needed vitamins (including B12 and K)
Provide nourishment for healthy intestinal cells
Assist with the absorption of needed nutrients from food
Assist with healthy weight loss and weight management
Produce antibacterial compounds to help crowd out unfriendly bacteria
Probiotic Supplements Support Immunity, Digestive Tract Health, Bowel Function and Regularity
There is no exact science that indicates how many probiotic supplements to take each day, but generally the more beneficial bacteria you have, the better your ability will be to fight harmful bacteria in the gut. Studies have shown that our level of good intestinal bacteria declines with age, so older adults may benefit from a probiotic formula with a higher culture count. While some nutrients (such as vitamins) are measured in grams or milligrams, probiotics are measured in units called “active cultures”. Adults should consume probiotic supplements with between 6 and 15 billion active cultures daily, and those over 50 should take probiotic supplements with 30 to 50 billion active cultures daily. For critical care needs, probiotic supplements with 50 billion or more active cultures are recommended.
‡ These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.