Why Probiotics?

Posted at 11:00 - Nov 27, 2019 - Megan & Jae - Education Guides

The Gut is the “Second Brain”

A major pathway called the vagus nerve runs between the gut and the brain, weaving together critical functions and communication. Neurotransmitters (brain communication signals), such as serotonin (“feel-good” transmitter), originate in the gut and then signal the brain. When the microbiome becomes damaged due to inadequate good bacteria, the brain’s ability to maintain critical communication with the gut, as well as the rest of the body, can malfunction. A fully functioning microbiome is a primary driver for mental health.


Conditions Probiotic Supplementation May Benefit

 
-Gastrointestinal dysfunction
-Chronic indigestion and bloating
-Chronic constipation and/or diarrhea
-Skin issues such as atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, acne, eczema, etc.
-Insulin resistance (Metabolic Syndrome)
-Liver issues, e.g. cirrhosis
-Viral issues: Herpes, Epstein-Barr
-Celiac disease and wheat allergies
-Neurological disorders (such as ADHD and autism)


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Detrimental Lifestyle Factors Which Contribute to Gut Flora Damage

-Antibiotics (especially repeated rounds)

-Sugar consumption, in all forms (alcohol, honey, cane juice/sugar, milk sugars, agave, fruit juice, etc.), feed and support pathogenic bacteria, yeast and fungi

-Processed foods deplete beneficial bacteria and wear down the digestive system’s ability to extract nutrients

-Consuming foods (plant or animal) that contain antibiotics, pesticides and/or chemicals

-Use of antibacterial soaps and hand sanitizers

-Drinking chlorinated and/or fluoridated water

-Exposure to pesticides and chemicals at home or work: farmers, beauticians, construction, printing, manufacturing, cleaning products, etc.


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Ways to Optimize Gut Flora

-Dietary changes: Increase intake of real food and reduce processed foods from boxes, cans, and packages

-Consume fermented foods such as: Tempeh, kimchi, kefir, sauerkraut and other fermented vegetables

-Look for unpasteurized foods and drinks (pasteurization destroys probiotic cultures)

-Avoid foods containing high fructose corn syrup, dyes and artificial sweeteners

-Take a professional probiotic supplement on a daily basis (most effective when taken just before bed on an empty stomach)


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How to Know a Professional Probiotic?

Countless companies now make probiotics and sell them in chain stores as well as health food stores. Unfortunately, many of the commercially marketed products come from questionable sources and/or use questionable processes. A lower-priced product may be produced in China, have ingredients that are contaminated or have ingredients that lose their viability. Professional nutrition companies utilize specific manufacturing processes which enable probiotic capsules to survive passage through stomach acid and disperse effectively throughout the digestive track.

 

The strength of probiotics is measured in CFU’s (colony forming units) per capsule. Current research suggests a minimum of 30-40 billion CFU’s per day. It also supports higher levels to assist in the repair and regeneration of damaged digestive functions. (Examples: Irritable bowel syndrome, acid reflux, leaky gut syndrome, chronic indigestion, etc.)

 

Professional nutrition companies also ensure that a probiotic supplement includes adequate numbers of both acidophilus and bifido types of bacterial strains. Newest research supports the critical need for targeted and/or higher levels of bacterial strains in order to help the body deal with the growing environmental challenges.  


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Authors

Megan is our product curator and store visionary. Personally vetting every product that comes through the door, she evaluates thousands of items each month with a focus on quality ingredients and value. Well-schooled in the supplements department and the editor of our in-store newsletters, she still insists her main job is raising three daughters! (Wichita, Kansas)

 

2019 marks Jae’s 20th year working as a Holistic Nutritionist and Supplement Specialist in the Health Food industry. This environment has afforded the opportunity to discuss health issues and solutions with thousands of customers and clients. Along the way, she has acquired multiple certifications including biogenealogy, environmental biology, holistic nutrition and various healing modalities. She is currently studying to complete a Ph.D in Holistic Nutrition.

All Eureka Market Education Guides are intended for educational purposes only. The guides are NOT intended to substitute for professional medical consultation and as such, do not diagnose, prescribe or offer personal medical advice. Always consult with your health care professional before taking supplements with prescription medications.

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