How Probiotics can benefit your health

YOUR HEALTH is reliant on good nutrition, as you probably know, however how well and what you absorb is the critical factor. A healthy gut micro flora is the foundation to good health.

This is nutritional starvation, and it’s a very real problem.

Processed foods, antibiotics, medication, and a lack of “raw foods” in your diet can take its toll on your digestive system over the years, eventually leaving very few good bacteria; and worse, allowing the bad bacteria to proliferate.

Your digestive system is filled with micro flora, living organisms that play a crucial role in digestion, in strengthening your immune system, in eliminating toxins and regulating your bowels. If you suffer with skin or you have allergies, weight problems or autoimmune disease, chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia, you also have recurring headaches and a bloated stomach.

(The real reason may be that your gut flora is out of balance.)

There are many other possible imbalances in your body’s operating system that may drive illness, as well. These include problems with hormones, immune function, detoxification, energy production, and more.

Many people suffer from digestive problems including reflux or heartburn, irritable bowel, bloating, constipation etc.

But gut problems can cause disease far beyond the gut.

Normalizing gut function is one of the most important things you can do for your health. Many of the following benefits which can be achieved by addressing imbalances in the function and flora of the gut:

  • By Improving digestion and assimilation

  • Boosting the immune system

  • Increasing the bioavailability of micronutrients

  • Helping to eliminate toxins from the gut

  • Relief from excess gas and bloating

What can help?

EAT FERMENTED FOODS– almost every culture in the world has a history of using fermented foods for health and vitality. If your digestion is sluggish you will feel bloated and sluggish, it’s that simple. Things like live yogurt and sauerkraut, and make sure you buy good quality organic products.

EAT ORGANIC, RAW FOODS– organically-grown fruits and vegetables are a natural source of fibre and help in producing an overall healthy micro flora. Making sure your salads, broccoli etc. are all organic reduces your risk of toxins from pesticides that are destructive to healthy gut flora.

TAKE A PROBIOTIC SUPPLEMENT– taking a simple probiotic supplement at breakfast can have a tremendous impact on overall health; however always choose a good quality multi strain such as Viridian High Potency Tri-Blend Acidophilus Complex.

Imbalances in gut bacteria can affect the brain

Toxins, metabolic by-products, and inflammatory molecules produced by these unfriendly bacteria can all adversely impact the brain.

When there is a balance of good bacteria in the gut they produce short chain fatty acids. These healthy fats reduce inflammation and boost your immune system. Bad gut bugs, on the other hand, produce fats that promote allergy and asthma, eczema, and inflammation throughout your body including brain fog and memory loss.

Even obesity has been linked to changes in our guts ecosystem that are the result of a high-fat, processed, inflammatory diet. Bad bugs produce toxins called lipopolysaccharides that trigger inflammation and insulin resistance or pre-diabetes and thus promote weight gain.

By Nutritionist Susanne Lancaster BSc.

Quite. Especially when word like "natural" are used to imply that something is somehow healthier when in fact it simply means, in many cases, unregulated.

Research from the Leiden Institute for Brain and Cognition in The Netherlands has determined that one's gut bacteria indeed will affect our negative thinking and cognitive state.

The research studied 40 healthy people for four weeks. The group was split into two groups. One group was given a probiotic supplement each day. The other group was given a placebo for the same period. This was a triple-blind study.

After the four weeks, the patients were tested for negative thinking and cognitive reactivity for moods of sadness. The researchers found a significant reduction in negative thinking among the probiotic group. They also had lower cognitive reactions to sadness compared with the placebo group.

The researchers concluded:

"These results provide the first evidence that the intake of probiotics may help reduce negative thoughts associated with sad mood."

The probiotic species used in the formula were: Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium bifidum, Bifidobacterium lactis, Lactobacillus brevis, Lactobacillus casei, Lactococcus lactis and Lactobacillus salivarius.

Hi that's good news Patrick! I think the problem is that people now a days are

completely baffled in general as to what works and what is just media hype!! it is always better to have sound facts !!

Thank you Suzanne - being a skeptic I tend to doubt "alternative" therapy claims such as useless homeopathy and other alleged therapies that have absolutely no support from good scientific research.

Probiotics I had feared fell into the same category but I have been proven wrong - my favourite web site for such matters is and this specific url supports the value of probiotics