The importance of a digestive balance within our bodies can not be overstated. Our digestive process effects our cells, energy, ageing, skin, hair…basically everything! Probiotics mean ‘good bacteria’ – i.e. those are friendly and great for us. They support the bacteria that live in our digestive tract which fight infections and enhances the absorption of nutrients – 80-85% of our gut bacteria should be those that are friendly.
Soil-based organisms are found on the surface of fruits and vegetables which are natural probiotics, invisible to the eye! However, we no longer pick and eat wild fruits and vegetables and most of us also have taken some kind of antibiotics or consumed foods with additives and toxins in our life. This means that the majority of us have some kind of digestive issue. Why? Because our intestinal flora is imbalanced.
Digestive problems can lead to acne, dermatitis, brittle hair, dry skin, low energy, bloating, indigestion to name a few. The introduction of probiotics into my diet, amongst other things, caused my skin to really improve. I never put two and two together in that all the antibiotics I had taken for my skin had caused an imbalance within my body. Equally one of my clients had suffered with severe seborrheic dermatitis for years and once we looked at changing his diet through foods and supplements that balanced out his intestinal flora, he symptoms disappeared. Lifestyle factors and certain foods can decrease our digestive function meaning that our body’s ability to utilize nutrients to reduce inflammation in the body can not occur.
- Improve liver function
- Improve vitamin synthesis
- Improve nutrient absorption
- Improve digestive functions
- Improve bloating and heartburn
- Improve skin conditions
- Increase energy
How to take probiotics?
First thing on an empty stomach! If you want to take two a day then the other should be taken just before you go to bed. However, taking probiotics at any time is better than not taking them at all.
There are tons of probiotics available, but many of them are not as effective as they should be. The hydrochloric acid within our stomach can kill a good proportion of probiotics before they even reach our small intestine. Therefore it is crucial that you look for ones with lactobacillus acidophilus or bifidobacterium bifidum.