Good bugs: Top reasons why you need to take a probiotic
By Diana Milling • September 14, 2016
The majority of bacteria inhabiting our bodies outnumber our human cells by approximately 10 to 1. It is crucial to maintain this microbial balance within our systems. When this delicate balance becomes disrupted, many of our biological systems are affected. Unfortunately, this disruption is very common and can greatly impact the function of our digestive systems.
Dysbiosis refers to the imbalance of good and bad bacteria within our bodies, mainly in the intestines. This can result from either an overgrowth of harmful organisms or a deficiency of beneficial bacteria. Either way, bacteria that are not usually predominant in the intestines such as yeast, protozoa, and other harmful bacteria or viruses can begin to cause disease by altering nutrition processes in the body. Malabsorption, indigestion, IBS, fatigue, acne, iron deficiency, and chronic vaginitis are just a few of the ailments that can occur with dysbiosis.
We know that probiotic benefits begin in the gut. In addition to maintaining this balance, research has found a plethora of other advantages for consuming these good bugs.
- boost and modulate the immune system
- helping to treat depression/anxiety
- cancer prevention
- managing skin conditions in children such as psoriasis and eczema
- adjunctive treatment for IBS/IBD
- reduce the need for antibiotics
- decrease symptoms of ADHD and Autism
- assist in the absorption of vitamins and minerals
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Editor’s Note: The information in this article is intended for your educational use only. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition and before undertaking any diet, supplement, fitness, or other health program.
Editor’s Note: The information in this article is intended for your educational use only. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health practitioners with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition and before undertaking any diet, supplement, fitness, or other health program.