themselves.  

Ideally, the microflora colony in the digestive tract should be made up of 85 percent
friendly bacteria to 15 percent harmful bacteria. This balance is affected by the use of
antibiotics, oral contraceptives, steroids, exposure to radiation (X-rays and radiation
therapies), consumption of chlorinated water, refined sugars and other refined foods,
and by poor digestion, poor elimination of waste, stress and an unhealthy diet.

When the balance of good and bad bacteria is adversely altered, your body becomes
overloaded with toxins, which causes chronic diseases and illnesses. Taking a probiotic
supplement and eating foods that include probiotics will help buffer your stomach acid
and intestinal bile, increasing the chance of good bacteria surviving.


Benefits of probiotics:

Improve digestion of food
Enhance absorption of vitamins
Produce enzymes
Increase availability of vitamins and nutrients, especially Vitamin B, Vitamin K, lactase,
fatty acids and calcium
Help kill viruses and parasites
Increase resistance to infection
Inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria
Regulate pH value by producing lactic acid, hydrogen peroxide. Increase the acidity of
intestine (lower pH value) and inhibit reproduction of many harmful bacteria and yeasts


Probiotics treat the following:

Infectious diarrhea and traveler's diarrhea
Irritable bowel syndrome
Vaginal infections
Skin infections
Tooth decay
Infection with Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori), a bacterium that causes most ulcers and
chronic stomach inflammation
Reduce symptoms of lactose intolerance
Reduce cholesterol levels when high


Foods containing probiotics:

Yogurt*
Fermented and unfermented milk
Miso
Tempeh
Sauerkraut
Some juices and soy beverages

*Not all yogurt contains active bacterial culture. L acidophilus, L bulgaricus and S
thermophilus are the most common bacterial strains added in yogurt. These bacteria are
on the ingredient list. More labels are stating "live cultures" or "active cultures", which
you want to look for. Avoid yogurt that is heat treated after culturing. This means the
added bacteria was pasteurized, which can destroy live cultures.


Why you need probiotics:

Drinking chlorinated water destroys your intestinal flora
Farm animals are fed antibiotics to keep diseases down. When you eat meat, you take
in these antibiotics
When the ratio of good bacteria to bad is lowered, problems begin to arise such as
excessive gas, bloating, constipation, intestinal toxicity and poor absorption of nutrients
Alcoholic beverages kill probiotics, encouraging harmful bacteria and yeast overgrowth
The use of antibiotics directly kills all bacteria in your intestinal tract. That is why
probiotics is recommended while taking antibiotics
Birth control pills and many other drugs cause damage to the intestinal flora and to the
tissue in the intestinal wall


How to choose probiotics:

You do not need a prescription to take probiotics, as they are available in grocery stores
and health food stores. Taking probiotics when your body does not actually need them
won't cause you any harm.


Consider the following when looking for a probiotic:

The type of bacteria, including the genus and species
The potency or number of bacteria per dose
The purity
Natrol BioBeads is one of the most effective probiotic acidophilus on the market. It
doesn't have to be refrigerated and only needs to be taken once a day

Start by taking at least 1-10 billion viable L. acidophilus or B. bifidum cells daily divided
into 3 or 4 doses. Take them on an empty stomach or at least 30-60 minutes before
eating. Take 15-20 billion viable organisms daily to prevent diarrhea from antibiotics.

Maintaining proper pH balance within the gastrointestinal tract is critical to probiotic
growth and health. The pH inside the small intestine should be slightly alkaline (7.5-8.0)
and the colon should be slightly acidic (6.0-6.8). Without the correct pH, probiotics won't
function properly. In order to achieve and maintain pH balance, it is important to eat the
appropriate foods.


About The Author

Logan McKnight

Having an over acidic body (pH below 7.0) can cause disease.
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Probiotics - A Solution for Bloating, Gas, IBS, Skin Infections,
Tooth Decay, Diarrhea and More   
by Logan McKnight  
If you experience bloating, gas,
irritable bowl syndrome, skin
infections, vaginal infections or
diarrhea, you will want to read
more about probiotics and the
benefits of taking a probiotic
supplement every day.

Probiotics are live microorganisms -
bacteria in most cases - that are
similar to beneficial microorganisms
in your stomach. They are also
referred to as "friendly bacteria" or
"good bacteria". Probiotic bacterial
cultures assist your body's naturally
occurring gut flora to reestablish
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