Home > Nutrition > Probiotics: Healthy Cultures For the GI Tract

Probiotics: Healthy Cultures For the GI Tract

By: Corinna Underwood - Updated: 3 Jul 2013 | comments*Discuss
 
Probiotics Gastrointestinal Tract

Though you may not be aware, the intestinal tract is inhabited by more than 500 types of micro organisms. Though some of these live bacteria can cause disorders such as IBS, allergies and Crohn's disease, other strains of them are actually beneficial. The beneficial bugs boost your immune system healthy by assisting the body in the release of toxins. The beneficial micro flora develop in the colon shortly after birth. If you maintain a healthy diet they will usually continue to help your digestive system throughout your life. For times when you need to boost your beneficial bug colonies, such as after illness, commercial probiotic supplements are now available.

Therapeutic strains of probiotics

While a healthy diet helps maintain beneficial bacteria colonies, several things can affect there stasis. One example is antibiotic overuse. Antiniotics work to combat disease by killing off any harmful bacteria. Research has shown that antibiotics also kill the helpful microflora that reside in the GI tract. Probiotic supplements should be taken for 3-4 weeks after you have taken a course of antibiotics.

Research has shown that the probiotic strain Lactobacillus Plantarum variant OM helps lower cholesterol levels by increasing your uptake of omega-3 fatty acids. It also enhances the break down of protein; this makes it beneficial for digestion. Lactobacillus reuteri produces reuterin. Reuterin helps to keep harmful bacteria at bay.

. Lactobacillus bulgaricus, is found in cottage cheese and yoghurt. Though it is a transient probiotic, while it is present in your system L. bulgaricus helps to increase the acidity levels which prevents harmful bacteria from developing. It also gives the immune system a boost. Bifidobacteria bifidum, is found in the large intestine, the small intestine and the vagina. It increases intestinal acidity, killing harmful bacteria.

Sources of probiotics

You have two choices, probiotic food sources or probiotic supplements. In effect, the only food sources of probiotics readily are sauerkraut yoghurt and cottage cheese. These foods contain Lactobacillus acidophilus and Streptococcus thermophilus. These strains are short lived so some foods may only contain very small amounts.

Supplements are available in capsule form. Probiotics are measured in Colony Forming Units (CFUs). This indicates how many live bacteria are contained in each probiotic servings. On average, one capsule will contain at least 1.25 billion CFU. Dosage ranges between 2-4 capsules each day. The label should provide all this information as well as the life span of the probiotic.

You might also like...
Share Your Story, Join the Discussion or Seek Advice..
Why not be the first to leave a comment for discussion, ask for advice or share your story...

If you'd like to ask a question one of our experts (workload permitting) or a helpful reader hopefully can help you... We also love comments and interesting stories

Title:
(never shown)
Firstname:
(never shown)
Surname:
(never shown)
Email:
(never shown)
Nickname:
(shown)
Comment:
Validate:
Enter word:
Latest Comments
  • kin
    Re: Lavender: a Natural Antibiotic and More
    We are asking for the price of; ANTI-BACTERIAL LAVENDER THICKNESS 5CM THICKNESS 5 pcs each also include cost…
    11 October 2017
  • Baraka
    Re: Wild Yam: Is it a Scam?
    I have been using wild yam tablets and I do not experience menopausal symptoms that my friends in their 50's do. My sister who has a…
    4 July 2017
  • Lady T
    Re: Can Garlic Treat Athletes' Foot?
    I've used garlic w. Olive order for about 3 nights straight and it is working tremendously! And my feet were awful but they…
    1 July 2017
  • Jo G
    Re: Essential Oils to Avoid
    Can I use WHITE Angelica as a diabetic? I know the book says not to use Angelica, but my book is missing information for White Angelica,…
    18 June 2017
  • Mia
    Re: Essential Oils to Avoid
    I have high blood pressure and love Eucalyptus oil. Are fragrance aromatherapy scents that are concentrated just as bad for HBP. Also if…
    4 May 2017
  • Wondermama
    Re: Health Benefits of Magnetic Bracelets
    My step father recently bought me a magnetic bracelet and it works well for me. I have 2 children. My daughter is…
    3 May 2017
  • The remedy lady
    Re: Essential Oils to Avoid
    Pure essential oils are considered medicine and must be use with care. Apply them diluted sparingly with education and care. As a…
    6 April 2017
  • SafeAlternativeMedicine
    Re: Essential Oils to Avoid
    none - Your Question:I recently have been suffering with a congested chest and mixed eucalyptus oil in 4 drops in with coconut oil and…
    22 March 2017
  • none
    Re: Essential Oils to Avoid
    I recently have been suffering with a congested chest and mixed eucalyptus oil in 4 drops in with coconut oil and drank it. I had…
    19 March 2017
  • jill
    Re: Essential Oils to Avoid
    I take prescription medication for blood pressure, cholesterol and acid reflux. I have knee osteoarthritis and have been told to use…
    5 March 2017
Further Reading...
Our Most Popular...
Add to my Yahoo!
Add to Google
Stumble this
Add to Twitter
Add To Facebook
RSS feed
You should seek independent professional advice before acting upon any information on the SafeAlternativeMedicine website. Please read our Disclaimer.