Probiotics. Should I or shouldn’t I….

You probably have heard about pre and probiotics, some of you are probably taking them regularly each day for one reason or another.

Which one is right for you?

Do you take the one most advertised on the TV or do you research the strains most suitable to your body system?

Literally, there are trillions of bacteria that form within our microbial ecosystem of the digestive system. Different microbial communities dwell within various sections of our gut, small and large intestines and bowel.  These populating communities help to digest meals, assist manufacturing vitamins, kill pathogens, boost our immune defences and help to neutralize food-poisoning.

On the down side though, when we take antibiotics or certain diseases attack our ecosystem many of the healthy bacteria die and are wiped out from the anus which then may cause other nasty intestinal squatters, bloating, cramping, IBS, diarrhea and so on…

Often we talk about ‘live strain cultures’ or in other words ‘live bacteria’ encapsulate within a gel coated envelop for ease of swallowing. There are other forms of live bacteria on the market, small drinks found in the fridge section of the supermarket promoted as digestive support but loaded with sugar! Avoid these.

Here are a few tips of which strains maybe suitable for you, when talking to your health professional about probiotics.

To maintain a healthy microbiome: Lactobacillus Rhamnosus (LGG®) , Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium Lactis.

To rebuild microbial ecosystem after antibiotic use: Lactobacillus Rhamnosus (LGG®), Saccharomyces Boulardii, Bifidobacterium Lactis.

To build and repair GIT due to dysbiosis or oversea’s diarrhoea: Bifidobacterium Lactis, Saccharomyces Boulardii.

To restore GIT, immune system, allergies/eczema: Lactobacillus Rhamnosus (LGG®).

Some yoghurts on the market contain a few of these live strain cultures, be sure to keep a look out for what maybe suitable.  By emptying 1 capsule into 1/2 cup yoghurt will double or at times triple these cultures intensifying the quantity and adding value to your microbiome. Tip: Probiotics work best at night as the parasympathetic system engages enabling a faster healing of the GI Tract.

There has been a debate should we be taking ‘live strain cultures’ or dead bugs. (if I may be so blunt).

The university of Florida, school of medicine reviewed several studies using both live microbes and those that have been killed by heat or ultraviolet radiation, which surprising results have been highlighted that both have proven to be effective. Studies also have shown, people with autoimmune diseases ‘overzealous immune responses’, would benefit from the dead bugs as these would be safer in respect to aggravating an internal immune response. Interesting, please do your own research with up to date findings.

This is in no way offering medical advice and should not be taken as such.

ALWAYS seek professional advice before taking supplements or changing your daily meals.

Janelle Tanzer

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