Posts Tagged ‘probiotics’

The Power of Probiotics

Monday, May 14th, 2012

“Good” bacteria?

Deep inside our intestines, there’s a complex microbial ecosystem, known as the “gut flora” which we now know contains nearly a thousand species of bacteria which may affect our overall health in unimaginable ways!

It has long been recognized that our gastrointestinal system relies heavily on these gut flora or “good bacteria”.  They exert a pronounced effect on the nutrients and energy that get pulled out of food. In fact, these bacteria are thought to play a big role in a slew of health conditions, including combating obesity, diabetes, infections, lactose intolerance, irritable bowel syndrome, high cholesterol, and even colon cancer. There are many theories as to how these bacteria confer their positive benefits such as an anti-inflammatory effect for the body, increased immunity and therefore healing power after an infection, and even the power to fight off potential cancer cells in a microenvironment by competing for the same nutrients.

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Shortening the Length of Diarrhea

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

At some point or another in almost everyone’s life diarrhea rears its ugly head. For most of us it is only a temporary, but extremely uncomfortable, inconvenience. It can be caused by food that we are having trouble digesting, a bacterial infection or flu, or from unsavory diet and drinking habits. While diarrhea may not seem very severe it can all too often become a life-threatening problem.

Every year almost 2 million people die from diarrheal disease in developing countries. Many of these people don’t have clean water to drink, a steady, healthy diet, and medicine to take to relieve the discomfort and symptoms. The standard form of aid offered to these diarrhea victims is a rehydration fluid. What researchers are finding might be a more effective treatment is a healthy dose of probiotics.
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