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Becca Scott   
Wednesday, 09 September 2009
Probiotics: Good Bacteria PowerhouseAs a child you were probably told bacteria are bad for you. Well, this is true… and it isn’t! Yes there are plenty of bad bacteria that can cause infections but there is also good bacteria called probiotics that can help your body in many beneficial ways. And you can obtain probiotics supplements to help boost or replenish natural occurring good bacteria in your body.

The most basic way to describe probiotics is they’re living micro organisms that are a form of friendly bacteria. The digestive system and the vagina are most likely to suffer from an imbalance of healthy and unhealthy bacteria and for this reason; probiotics are good for these areas of the human body. In fact, it is in the intestines and the vagina where good bacteria are at work all of the time protecting the body from the undesired intrusion of bad bacteria.

Taking a probiotic supplement after you have been sick and/or have just finished taking antibiotics is smart because both sickness and antibiotics can kill some of the good bacteria along with the bad. Probiotics help to replenish the good supply of friendly bacteria in a timely fashion and restore the balance.

If you’ve ever developed a nasty yeast infection following a course of antibiotics then you’ve experienced how an imbalance of bacteria can disrupt the body.

Probiotics can do a number of things to make you a healthier individual. Here are some ways that probiotics can offer you a helping hand:

  • Keep the immune system in fine form when you are well and kick start it when you are  sick
  • Improve the work of the digestive system
  • Improve the absorption of nutrients
  • Prevent a variety of diseases
  • Encourage the production of the B vitamins
  • Reduce the level of LDL (bad) cholesterol
  • Beneficial for the repair of the intestines
  • Create lactase which enables milk sugar to be broken down into simple sugars which are easily digestible

The first time you go shopping for probiotics you might need to ask for assistance in locating the type of good bacteria that is right for you.

Probiotics can be purchased as a stand alone supplement or they can be purchased as a part of a food that contains live bacterial cultures such as yogurt. It is commonly called Lactobacillus Acidophilus or simply Acidophilus when it is a supplement.

Some stores refrigerate their supplements while others keep them on the shelves with other supplements.  Look for the words “living bacteria” on the bottle. Probiotics are prepared as capsules, granules or powder. It is sometimes possible to buy probiotics in liquid form.

Probiotics can also be found in some types of milk and in miso and tempeh. Always read labels carefully and look for active bacterial cultures or something similar on the product label. For those who have never eaten miso before, it is a soybean product made into a fermented bean paste. Tempeh is a common element of the diets of Indonesians and is made up of fermented soybeans that are chunky and tender and much like a cake.

If you decide to buy a probiotic supplement then make sure that it is fermented and is rich in good bacteria count. Verify that it has guaranteed potency and is scientifically recognized. If you choose to purchase capsules as opposed to powder or granules then double check before you buy they have a protective enteric coating.

Before  using a dietary supplement always consult with your Doctor especially if you’re thinking about combining a dietary supplement with your conventional medical treatment. This is especially important for women who are pregnant or breast-feeding.

Becca Scott writes extensively about hypnosis and alternative health topics. Becca is currently investigating the alternative health industry and you can read how to stay healthy with her secrets at http://alternativehealthfortoday.wordpress.com.
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