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Balance your Gut with Probiotics

Wellness Week: February 22–28

Probiotics are the friendly bacteria that reside in our digestive tract. Found in many yogurts, kefirs, kombucha, and cultured foods (think sauerkraut and kimchi), probiotics are a necessary and important part of keeping our gut flora in balance. If you’ve ever had food poisoning, a urinary tract infection, diarrhea, or a run-down immune system, you’ve had experience with imbalanced gut flora and unfriendly bacteria. Probiotics do more than just improve digestion. Research has found that your gut and immune system are linked by over seventy percent! Your gut also has direct links to your brain. So in addition to easing symptoms of gastrointestinal distress; including IBS, Crohn’s, and Ulcerative Colitis, probiotics can also boost your immune system and help your mood.

Because different strains of these good bacteria assist the body in different ways, it’s important to know what you’re looking for when choosing a probiotic supplement. Although eating foods rich in these good bacteria are beneficial, receiving an adequate dosage from foods alone would be difficult. For example, you would have to eat ten cups of yogurt to receive the amount found in one average-dose of probiotic supplement. Environmental factors like tap water, GMO’s, pollution, and stress can also decrease the amount of these beneficial bacteria in your gut, as well as taking an antibiotic, eating sugar, and fast food.

When considering supplementing with a probiotic, chose one that has strains that benefit your issue, has a high CFU count (culture count), guarantees potency and stability (arrives alive!), and is a trustworthy brand. For more information on probiotics, please stop by the Wellness desk and we’ll assist you in finding the right one for you.