If I was stranded on an island, and only allowed ONE supplement to take with me… what would I choose? That’s easy – probiotics. Our body has both good and bad bacteria – which we need for different reasons. However the average American has too much “bad” bacteria.

Probiotics are the “good” bacteria in our bodies! There are many strains of probiotics, but a common strain is bifidobacteria.

You may be aware that many yogurts also contain natural probiotics. There are some cautionary notes to using yogurt regularly though. First – it’s a dairy product, so if you’re not getting an organic brand, you are regularly consuming all of the chemicals/growth hormones/antibiotics that were fed to the animals your yogurt originated from. None of those things are natural, and none of them help our body work better (which is what health is actually about)! Next, dairy is one of the most common food sensitivities. You may be thinking you are helping your digestive system, but if you have a sensitivity (or intolerance) to dairy products that have not yet been detected, you may be doing more harm than good. Finally, yogurts are often jazzed up with fruits and flavoring. What does that mean? Artificial colors, flavors, and SUGAR. The only thing that likes sugar more than your taste buds is cancer, so it should be avoided at all costs.

typically, as a conservative holistic health care provider, I am in favor of using food to get our nutrients (versus supplements, shakes, etc.) but I believe that this is one of those cases where the supplement is a significantly better choice for our health. And, don't worry - if you're intolerance to dairy you can still use probiotics but you'll need a high quality, reliable, medical grade brand. Please work with a holistic physician on this.

Probiotics are a great supplement for anyone to take if they’re interested in maintaining good health. There are some conditions, though, that improve greatly with the use of probiotics. Just to name a few …. Any digestive concerns (IBS, constipation, diarrhea, and so forth) and skin problems (acne, rashes, psoriasis, eczema).

Antibiotics are designed to kill all bacteria, even the good ones, so it’s definitely a good idea to take probiotics while you are on an antibiotic. But use caution – you need to take them separately with a three hour window between.

They keep our delicate digestive system in balance… and now that I mentioned it …. The digestive system is one of the most important systems in our body. 80 % of our immune system is housed in the digestive system, and in the research, digestive problems are heavily linked to women with high stress levels. Do YOU know any women, with high stress levels, that could benefit from a strong digestive and immune system?

As always, this article does not constitute personal medical advice. Please see a holistic physician!

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