Probiotics: How Can they Help?

With 80% of your immune system located in your gut, having balanced intestinal flora is a major factor in defending your body against disease. Balanced gastrointestinal (GI) flora is critical to the functioning of the immune system, synthesis of nutrients, and detoxification. Balanced GI flora is also necessary for regular and normal bowel movements.

Probiotics are live microorganisms (in most cases, bacteria) that are similar to the beneficial microorganisms naturally found in your GI tract. The most common probiotic bacteria come from two groups, lactobacillus or bifidobacterium, although many other types of bacteria are also classified as probiotics. Scientific evidence shows these probiotics

boost the immune system by enhancing the production of antibodies;
support the synthesis of vitamins and other nutrients;
relieve the effects of, and treat, intestinal illness (diarrhea, constipation, IBS);
prevent and treat vaginal yeast infections and urinary tract infections; and
may reduce the risk of colon or bladder cancer.

Two ways to boost healthy GI flora are to take a probiotic supplement or add probiotic-containing foods to your diet. Probiotic supplements come in liquid and capsule forms and many are sold refrigerated. Check with your doctor or holistic health practitioner to be sure you select a product that meets your personal health needs. It is important to follow the storage instructions for your supplement—failure to do so could kill off the live, healthy bacteria it contains.

Ortho Molecular Ortho Biotic is a carefully assembled cast of probiotic organisms designed to support microflora balance, encouraging a healthy environment for vitamin uptake and optimal immune function. Probiotics are organisms such as bacteria or yeast that improve health through the gut and the immune system. They are available in foods and supplements like Ortho Biotic.

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