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Dave Foreman

Probiotics (Bacteria That Are Good For You)

by Dave Foreman
Volume 7, Issue 4
- Repair And Recovery
- Homeopathy May Be The Relief You Are Looking For
- Antioxidants For Serious Health Concerns
- Acne (And Other Acne Related Skin Issues)
- Arrhythmias
- Using Tonics To Improve Your Health
- Ask The Herbal Pharmacist
Archives
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- Smart Weight Loss Options
- Allergy Relief Alternatives
- Focus: Women's Health
- Menopause Symptom Relief
- Focus: Men's Healths
- Ask The Herbal Pharmacist
- Antioxidants for Blood Sugar Control
- Bone Health 101
- The Basics for Healthy Eyes
- Uterine Fibroids (revisited)
- Wait Before You Cut!

- Holiday Travel Tips
- Time for a Tune Up
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Energy: Who needs more?
- PCOS-Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
- Heavy Legs
- Stay Hydrated this Summer
- Lower Back Problems-Sciatica
- Antioxidants for Cardiovascular Health
- Prostate Health: not just an old manís concern
- Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Fats? Good for you?
- Prostatitis
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- Juice Up Your Life with Superjuices
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- Healthy Digestion: Is it possible?
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- Tired, moody, canít sleep? It might be STRESS.
- Infant Corner: Healthy Digestion
- Healthy Aging
- Breast Cancer
- Get a Jump on the Winter Cold and Flu Season
- Children's Essentials: No-Guilt Popsicles
- Infant Corner: Breastfeeding - Energize Yourself
- Is Beauty Only Skin Deep?
- Hot Health Tip: Swimmer's Ear
- Infant Corner: Teething
- Understanding Homeopathy
- Green Foods Supplements
- Amino Acids
- Dry Eyes
- Infant Corner: Diaper Rash
- Blood Sugar Control
- The Herbal Pharmacist Consultation:Blood Sugar Concerns & More
- Sciatic Issues?
- Separating Myths From The Facts About Probiotics
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Infant Corner: Cradle Cap
- Swine Flu and Flu Season Worries:
- The Herbal Pharmacist Consultation:Weight Loss
- Quick Tips For Hypertension
- New Year's Resolutions
- A Natural Approach to Ear Infections
- Unraveling The Vitamin D Story
- Infant Corner: Prenatal Care
- Protein-Hype Or Hope
- Drug-Nutrient Interactions
- PMS-Something New
- Guide To Designing Your Supplement Regimen
- Why Can't I Sleep?
- Infant Corner: Developmental Support
- Hints for a Clearer Complexion
- Dental Tips
- Infant Corner
- Breast Cancer
- Healthy Aging
- Infant health corner
- Immune Support
- Secrets of Healthy Fats Revealed
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 4
- Chia seeds part II
- Healthy fats revisited
- Prostate health
- Infant health corner
- Fish oil & coq10
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 3
- Quick Tips for Women
- Bone Health
- Skin Health
- Quick Tips for Men
- Quick Fix For Allergy Sufferers
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You–Step 2
- Beauty Sleep
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- Weight Loss
- 4 Steps to Building a Healthy You
- Holiday Digestion
- Winter Dry Skin Tips
- Alzheimer's Disease
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- Breast Cancer Facts
- Bone Health
- Healthy Aging
- Children's Supplements
- Chia Seed the new superfood
- Understanding Chromium
- Water perhaps the most critical nutrient
- Stress! Tips to relax
- Allergy Tips
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- Tired? Quick tips for getting your energy level up
- Fats: Good For You?
- Flu Season
- Go Away Aches & Pains
- Oh!!My Aching Back
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- How Sporty Are You
- No Bones About It
- Nattokinase
- Diabetic Retinopathy
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- Fiber
- Skin Cancer
- Sleep Problems
- Specific Herbs For Men
- Cleansing
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- Probiotics
- Specific Herbs for Women
- Urinary Tract Infections
- Your Breath Stinks
- Blood Pressure
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome(CFS)
- Colorectal Cancer
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- The Eyes Have It
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
-Putting Out the Fire
- Solving America's Energy Crisis
- Natural Gum Care
- Jazz Up Your Life with Juice
- Natural Relief for SAD
- Immunity Know-How
- Stop Smoking!!
- Let's Talk About Irregularity
- Free Radicals
- Asthma
- Memory Problems
- L-Carnitine
- Men's Health
- Women's Health
- The Four Pillars of Great Health
- Blood Sugar Control
- Probiotics
- Supplement Interactions
- Are You Consumer Smart?
- Digestive Blues
- Taking Control of Stress
- Heart Health
- Pycnogenol®
- Seasonal Affective Disorder
- Greens
- Is Beauty Only Skin Deep?
- Happy (and Healthy) Trails to You!

Dave Foreman, RPh, ND is a pharmacist, Naturopathic Doctor, author, television commentator, radio host and practitioner of natural living and holistic approaches to better health. His weekly radio program is broadcast throughout North America. Dave is currently a contributing columnist for Pharmacy Today magazine and several other natural health publications.

Probiotics are the beneficial or good bacteria that inhabit the large and small intestines. Probiotic bacteria inhibit growth of harmful bacteria, promote good digestion, boost immune function, and increase resistance to infection. Research on probiotics proves they also improve respiratory and allergy-response, as well as counter negative effects of antibiotic use. Beneficial bacteria also produce vitamins and aid in absorption of nutrients. Considering that probiotics affect absorption of nutrients, it could be said that they have an impact on ALL health conditions. The following conditions are known to directly benefit from probiotics

  • Diarrhea (including traveler's)
  • Vaginitis
  • Yeast infections or Chronic Candidiasis
  • Canker sores
  • Crohn's disease
  • Eczema
  • Food allergies
  • Immune function
  • Ulcerative colitis

There is a term, dysbiosis, which refers to an imbalance of good and bad bacteria in the intestinal tract. Dysbiosis can occur for any of the following reasons:

  • Use of drugs i.e. Antibiotics, steroids, antacids, hormones and gastric acid inhibitors
  • A diet high in fat and low in fiber
  • Travel abroad (especially to developing countries)
  • Dining out
  • Drinking contaminated water
  • Eating foods that are not organically grown

For these reasons and more I recommend everyone, for their overall health and wellness, use a probiotic supplement -- whether they are ninety-years or 9-months old. I think it should even be part of the Dietary Supplement Pyramid (I just haven't figured out where to place it). Most probiotic products are made up of multiple species of Lactobacilli or Bifidobacteria. Some of the Lactobacilli species are resident (live naturally in the digestive tract) and others are transient (pass through the digestive tract). Both resident and transient species are beneficial. Use a product that contains multiple resident strains (L. acidophilus, B. bifidum, B. longum or others), as well as specific, well-tested transient strains (L. casei, S. Lactis, S. thermophilus or others).

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A PROBIOTIC

Probiotics are succeptible to the same harmful effects as any other form of bacteria, such as stomach acid, heat, and moisture, etc.. Recently on my radio program (available on Sirius Satellite channel 114) I discussed Lime disease. Since then I have been flooded with questions about probiotics in foods like yogurt vs. the ones found in supplements. Fact is, I don't think you can get a truly medicinal health benefit from the probiotics found in your everyday diet. I also don't think the products in powders or most capsules will give you the desired effects.With the advent of newer technologies to help these beneficial bacteria remain healthy and stable at room temperature and deliver them to the small intestine (bypassing the acid of the stomach) there is no need to even try and get your probiotics from foods. My favorite new technology is BIO-tract®. BIO-tract® incorporates a patented technology called LiveBac®, which uses extended shelf-Life processing. This maximizes the survival-rate, delivering more beneficial bacteria to the small and large intestines. In my opinion this technology is better than enteric coatings and other technologies currently available.An example of this technology is found in Renew Life's Flora Smart.

Another technology that promotes shelf-stability and stomach-acid-avoidance is used by Pearls. This technology is a close second to BIO-tract®. Examples are found in Enzymatic Therapy's Acidophilus Pearls and Nature's Way's Primadophilus® Reuteri Pearls.

The amount of probiotics one needs varies depending on the many reasons listed earlier. I recommend at least two billion colony forming units (CFUs) per day. If you use one of the shelfstable products, you'll be assured of getting the right amount delivered intact to the small and large intestines.

 
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