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Why Probiotics?

Dr. Len Lopez - Tuesday, September 01, 2015

why probiotics,Did you know that more than 50% of your immune system is located in your gut?  And if your digestive system isn’t functioning properly there is a good chance your overall health is in a weakened state.

The ‘good’ bacteria as it is often referred to does more than simply providing immunity.  It helps breakdown your food, as well as, produce different vitamins and neurotransmitters.  So, if your gut is out of balance you run the risk of several different problems.

Basically the bacteria in our digestive and elimination tract, which you have trillions of cells of, eat up and poop-out the food you eat.  What they excrete out is known to have beneficial properties to our body, which is why it’s referred to as ‘good’ bacteria.  A small percentage of the bacteria in our gut, poops out stuff that is harmful or ‘bad’ for our body, thus the name ‘bad’ bacteria.

The name of the game is to make sure you have enough of the ‘good’ bacteria to keep the ‘bad’ bacteria in check. Otherwise you start losing the balance and allow the over-growth of the ‘bad’ bacteria (yeast, fungus, parasites, candida, etc).  This leads to various health problems such as indigestion, gas, leaky gut, irritable bowel, or candida.  Not to mention the possibility of it being the root cause of other health issues, including autoimmune problems such as colitis, Crohns, Food Allergies, joint pain, inflammation, etc.

At birth, you typically begin with a good balance of good to bad bacteria, especially if you are breast feed.  What throws off this balance and promotes the over-growth of the bad bacteria are antibiotics, birth control pills, steroid hormones, not to mention chlorinated water.

Think for yourself:

  • -    Do you have a history of antibiotic use?  How often?  Did you use them for acne or dentistry, as well?  What about any surgical procedures, especially when you were young?
  • -          Did or do you use birth control pills?  How long, a couple of months or years? 
  • -          What about steroid hormones?  Have you used them and how often?

Each time you used any of these protocols, it disrupted the delicate balance of the good and bad bacteria.  The more often you used them, more than likely the more imbalance you created.  Thus it is important to reestablish that balance of good to bad bacteria, by regularly supplementing with a good probiotic.

FYI - Simply stopping or curtailing the use of antibiotics, birth control pills, or steroid hormones, doesn’t fix your imbalance. Nor does simply taking a bottle of probiotics restore that imbalance.  You may need a few bottles of probiotics over a few months, depending on the severity of your symptoms and history.  Don’t forget fermented foods such as yogurt, kefir, tempeh, miso, sauerkraut, and kimchi. Add these foods as often as you can.

Don’t let me forget, you may also need to kill off some of the ‘bad’ bacteria, in order to help restore balance.  This is done by following a good yeast, parasite, candida cleans along with the appropriate diet for killing off these bad guys.

Probiotics aren’t a magic pill, but if your tummy is in turmoil and you have a history of using some of the above mentioned things, you would do good to supplement your diet with a good probiotic.  

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