Inside our guts we have tiny bacteria that make up our gut flora. This bacterium is found throughout our intestinal tract – from the mouth all the way to the colon and rectum. By the age of two our guts have acquired adult characteristics. This gut flora can be beneficial or detrimental to our health, but today we’re going to talk about the beneficial bacteria.
The species of beneficial bacteria include Lactobacillus, Bidfidobacteria, Alpha Strep, Eubacteria and many more. Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria are the two you’ve most likely heard of, as they are the main bacteria found in an adult gut. Bifido is the number one species in babies. The role of beneficial bacteria in the body is bountiful. Beneficial bacteria aids in developing intestinal and immune cells, fighting off pathogenic bacteria, detoxifying the body, improving digestion and helping to synthesize vitamins.
Today, it’s common to find an imbalance between beneficial and detrimental bacteria in the gut flora. Excess use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (asprin, ibuprofen, Celebrex, etc.), antibiotics, coffee, soda, and junk food can easily cause this imbalance to occur. And when there’s an imbalance, a variety of problems can occur.
Problems caused by an imbalance in the gut may include: loss of nutrients (such as B12 and Vitamin K), gastroenteritis, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), yeast or candida overgrowth, decreased immune system function, and/or increased food sensitivities. For anyone taking antibiotics, suffering from IBD, IBS, rheumatoid arthritis, or other autoimmune diseases, probiotics should be considered essential.
Probiotics are small organisms that help maintain the natural balance of organisms (microflora) in the intestinal tract. They are a fantastic way to increase beneficial bacteria. A good daily dose of probiotics is 20-25 billion per day, best in a 50/50 Lactobacillus to Bifidobacteria ratio. Probiotics should be stored in the refrigerator and be kept out of the heat. Probiotics will last 2 years in the fridge (10-20 years in the freezer) and up to 6 months outside of the fridge as long as it is not above 84 degrees. If ordering from LuckyVitamin.com, please take advantage of our cold pack service to ensure product effectiveness. And as always, before taking a new supplement, make sure to consult with your health care physician.
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