For years, natural-health minded individuals have been using good bacteria (probiotics) to boost the immune system, digestive system, and overall health. Recently, advertisers have taken notice and started touting the health benefits of “healthy germs.” You can see Jaime Lee Curtis going on and on about “going” regularly thanks to Activia, which, like most yogurts have probiotics. There’s even probiotics (and prebiotics) in dog food! Dog food! Check the label.
In a recent report from the Cochrane Review, probiotics (good bacteria) can help prevent colds and respiratory infections. The study found that people who took a healthy dose of probiotics through supplements or yogurt experienced lower duration of winter infections and common infectious diseases, specifically upper respiratory infections. They also noticed a 3.4 fold reduction in colds and influenza! That’s a 340% improvement.
Trillions and trillions of bacteria on, in, and throughout your body. These bacteria are essential for digestion, absorption, immunity, and nervous system health. If you’ve ever taken an antibiotic, or been exposed to chemical cleaners like Purell, Lysol, and anti-bacterial soap, then you probably don’t have enough good bacteria in your body. When we deplete the good bacteria, the bad stuff takes over and can lead to digestive complaints (diarrhea, constipation), infections (vaginal, intestinal, oral), and weakened immunity among other health challenges. The best way to replenish your body’s natural supply of the healthy bacteria is to avoid anti-bacterial products and supplement with probiotics.
Sure, yogurt has some probiotics, but supplementation is much better. It helps restore the normal bacterial flora that will make a huge difference in your overall health. You can find good probiotic supplements at stores like Whole Foods or in our office (we proudly recommend Innate Choice).