The Power of Probiotics

Hey folks!

Wow! It's been a minute hasn't it?!  Life has been a bit hectic as of late!  In any event, I'm back and talking about digestive health and the power of probiotics! The 2001 definition of probiotics from the  World Health Organization's is "live micro-organisms which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host"

I had been hearing a lot about the benefits of taking probiotics and when I visited an acupuncturist last year, she also recommended that I add them into my daily supplemental regimen.  It wasn't until recently after becoming an independent consultant for Arbonne that I finally purchased their digestion plus (pictured) to use at home.  This particular product gives you also the added benefit of prebiotics and enzymes as well. This particular one comes in a powder form and I add it to water and drink it in the morning. 

According to an article from WebMD :

"Researchers believe that some digestive disorders happen when the balance of friendly bacteria in the intestines becomes disturbed.  This can happen after an infection or after taking antibiotics. Intestinal problems can also arise when the lining of the intestines is damaged. Taking probiotics may help."

“Probiotics can improve intestinal function and maintain the integrity of the lining of the intestines,” says Stefano Guandalini, MD, professor of pediatrics and gastroenterology at the University of Chicago Medical Center. These friendly organisms may also help fight bacteria that cause diarrhea."  Click here to read the article in its entirety.  

If you choose to get your probiotics in the form of a supplement, be sure to read labels to ensure they are indeed vegan, the couple of dairy sources mentioned in the article of course wouldn't apply here. 

70% of  our immune system dwells in the digestive tract, so maintaining digestive health is crucial to our overall well being.  Happy gut, happy life! :-)

SOURCES: Wikipedia, WebMd, New Frontiers Market