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How Probiotics Work in the Gut

Posted by admin on Tue, Apr 03, 2012

Good Bugs Eat Bad Bugs

The human body is an amazing biological machine.  Food is digested, converted into energy and the unusable becomes - waste.  This conversion is dependent on many factors and processes but the bacteria that create the ‘enzymes’  that help digestion take place as well as immune system protection are the most important. 

Each organ has its own unique flora or bacteria that live in the digestive organs like your stomach and intestines that contribute to its good health.  A good blend of good bacteria helps with various gastrointestinal conditions like Irritable Bowel Syndrome to antibiotic-induced diarrhea too.  Good bacteria, or ‘probiotics’ keep the house in order by eating the bad bacteria and increasing the good bug population which in turn increases enzyme activity, further helping digestion. 

Probiotics May Help Strengthen the Immune System

Probotics come in a few different forms, like capsules, powders and pearls.  Probiotic  pearls are our most popular form of probiotic we have at National Integrated Health Associates.  The pearls make dispensing so easy for all ages and come packaged 80 to a pack.

Another aspect to intestinal flora is supporting it.  Indeed providing ‘food’ and nutrients to your good bacteria helps with the body’s immune response and resistance to bacterial infections (like colds). Non colonizing yeasts like Saccaromyces Boulardii are very helpful in supporting the microflora of the intestinal tract.  New Beginnings Nutritionals Saccharomyces Boulardii  (50 capsules) is an excellent source of this yeast with a strong customer review of it working well : “I took this product when on several courses of antibiotics, and it protected me from some of the usual drug side-effects. I had none of the common yeast-related problems associated with antibiotic usage.”

On your next visit, see which probiotics your physician suggests.


Topics: digestive health, probiotics