Probiotics

I recommend probiotics to many of my clients because there are many positive benefits from taking this simple supplement.

What are Probiotics?

Probiotics, also known as gut flora or healthy bacteria, is a variety of friendly bacteria that benefits the digestive system. The benefits range from normalizing digestive function to assisting the immune system, allergies and skin problems.

Probiotics are used to Help Treat & Prevent a Range of Health Conditions:

Probiotics are regularly used by Naturopaths to help treat and prevent the following health problems:

Thrush and Candida
Eczema and Acne
Colic and Acid reflux
Fatigue
Autism
Food allergies, such as dairy and gluten
Post-antibiotic diarrhea
Hay fever
Sinusitis
Vaginal infections
Diarrhea, Constipation and irregular bowel motions
Crohn’s disease
Irritable bowel syndrome and Malabsorption
Ulcerative colitis

Choosing the Right Probiotics for the Right Condition

The quality and potency of probiotics available in healthfood stores and our food varies enormously.  For example, some of my clients ask if the probiotics in supermarket yogurt is sufficient, but you would probably need a bucket of the yogurt to equal half a teaspoon of a good quality probiotic supplement. Likewise, products on the shelves of healthfood stores also have widely ranging potencies.

In a healthy bowel there can be 3-4 pounds of healthy bacteria, so to make an impact, you need a high potency product, which I usually recommend is taken at the highest dosage on the bottle for adults.

When looking for a supplement, I recommend you look out for supplements that  list specific strands of bacteria on their label. I recommend a product with a variety of different probiotics. Also, the list below gives more detailed information about the health benefits of particular types.

Bifidis Regularis
Gut health and digestion

Bifidobacterium infantis 35624  
IBS

Bifidobacterium lactis Bb-12      
Immune system support and gut health

Lactobacillus casei Shirota        
Immune system support and gut health

Lactobacillus Immunitas 
Immune system support, duration of colds and flu in older people

Lactobacillus rhamnosus GR-11          
Helps vaginal infections

Lactobacillus reuteri 55730        
Helps with diarrhea associated by antibiotic usage

Saccharomyces boulardii yeast           
Helps with diarrhea associated by antibiotic usage

Enemies of Healthy Bacteria in the Gut

There are several key things which kill and undermine healthy bacteria in the gut, as well as things which fuel bad bacteria. The main things to be aware of are:

Antibiotics
Drugs
Some pharmaceutical medicines
Alcohol
Sugar

For more information about how to correct and rebalance your gut flora please come by and see me and I can help tailor a program for you.

Best wishes,

Nick Dale
Naturopath
Tel: 9397 9124
Mobile: 0412 596789

I am available at the Galleria from Tuesday to Saturday 9.30am - 5pm and late night shopping on Thursday's. Come by and see me and give me an update on how you are going when you can.



 

 

 


 

Nick Dale, Naturopath Perth, Morley, Roleystone

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