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Probiotics can end digestive problems, but not all are created equal.

Probiotics can end digestive problems, but not all are created equal.

April 22nd, 2014
Nutrition

Just about anyone who knows a little something about digestion has heard of “Probiotics.” They’re supposed to be the magic bullet of the digestive tract– “miracle pills” that cure digestive problems just by adding “good bacteria.

Yes, some bacteria are the good guys, and they mostly reside in the digestive tract performing all kinds of useful duties. They provide 70% of the strength of the immune system that protects you from the bad guys.

Still sick? Maybe you need more bacteria.
Sometimes your digestive system needs help– when you start seeing the symptoms of indigestion– that’s where Probiotics come in. Many of you may have tried Probiotics to get rid of diarrhea, constipation, gas, bloating, indigestion, and the most bothersome of all digestive ailments, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

And what happened? More than likely absolutely nothing, right? You can’t expect Probiotics alone to get rid of conditions overnight that took years to produce

The best Probiotics work in all 3 areas.
Since most Probiotics work on only 1/3 of a digestive tract that measures almost 30-feet long— that leaves about 2/3 of the tract— the stomach, small intestine and colon that still need to be treated.

  1. Stomach.  The older we get the less digestive enzymes our stomach secretes. And since there’s a different enzyme for each different food group, that’s 7 different enzymes that need to be in the Probiotic for proper digestion in the stomach area alone.
  2. Small Intestine.  It takes a lot of different kinds of “good bacteria” to break down and assimilate food properly. Most Probiotic brands give you only one— acidophilus. That’s an important one, but there’s others needed too.
  3. Colon. Every complete Probiotic also includes PRE-biotics. These specialized enzymes residing in the colon meet the digested food coming in from the small intestine, add nutrients to this mass and keep all fecal matter moving through the entire length of the  colon. PRE-biotics are usually missing from most Probiotic compounds.

A good supplement will itemize the contents on the label. So, when buying Probiotics, be sure to read to label and get as many different enzymes as possible— not just acidophilus. But remember, don’t rely on Probiotics alone for proper digestion, as they will not overcome the lack of good, wholesome nutritious food. Good health all starts with good digestion!

So, let’s all start! Start by looking at the labels on your bottles of Probiotics. Count them and tell us how many there are. Write us a little note in the comment box below, include your name if you like, and any other comments you may have– the one with the most Probiotics on their label will be announced as the winner. Winner of what? We’ll surprise you…

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