Probiotics are bacteria that live in the human intestinal tract that provide essential biological benefit. Probiotics are essential nutrients; they are required for health and the prevention of illness.
Probiotics represent 80% of the immune system. These healthy bacteria prevent overgrowth by unhealthy disease-causing bacteria, viruses, and yeast and they also produce vitamins and nutrients such as short chain fatty acids. (Bengmark, S. M.D. Ph.D. Immunonutrition: Role of biosurfactants, fibre, and probiotic bacteria. Nutrition 1998 14: 585-594)
When present in sufficient amounts, probiotics in your intestine actually produce biologically significant amounts of vitamins such as thiamine (B1), folic acid, nicotinic acid (B3), pyriodixine (B6), and vitamin B12.
The average daily consumption of probiotic bacteria is now a million times less than that consumed by our healthy ancestors. Probiotic deficiency is pandemic in industrial society and supplementation is now a requirement to establish and maintain sufficiency levels.
How do you know if you need to supplement with Probiotics?
“Unless you were born by a normal vaginal birth, were breastfed for 18-24 months, have never taken an antibiotic or ingested alcohol, consume large amounts of raw fruits and vegetables and virtually no grains or sugars and have a source of probiotics in your diet it is virtually a certainty that you are deficient in probiotics.
Common signs of deficiency include gas, bloating and indigestion, bad breath and body odour and impaired immunity indicated by frequent or prolonged cases of colds and flus. Fungal or yeast overgrowths such as Candida, vaginal yeast infections and Athlete’s foot are also signs of a deficiency in your “good bacteria”. Acne, eczema, dandruff, and overall ill-health are also associated with probiotic deficiency.” – Dr James Chestnut
Consult with your Chiropractor on the right probiotic for you.