If only the rest of the world were as pro-active about their health as you are.!
Recently, I happened across a surprising statistic. It stated that, “$25 to $30 billion a year is being spent just on illness “associated with gastrointestinal disease and disorders
And I don’t even think they were adding in the other costs associated with the diseases that we get because our immune system is depressed. The National Coalition on Health Care says that these out-of-pocket costs run into the hundreds of millions!
It is so frustrating to read statistics like these.
After all, we know that 70% of the body’s immune cells are in our intestines. We know that by keeping our gastrointestinal systems healthy, we can cut health costs dramatically. And we know that as long as the “friendly flora” in our gastrointestinal tract stay active and working well, so do we.
But keeping your digestive flora balanced can be a challenge. Every day, what we eat, what we drink, and the medicines we take disturb its natural equilibrium. Even common antibiotics — which we take so often at this time of year — can cause upheaval in our intestines. Antibiotics do a great job when it comes to killing infections, but, sadly, they also kill the good, hardworking bacteria along with the bad.
And when they do, it’s like flushing our immunity away.
So it’s essential that we keep our intestinal tract balanced by replacing those good bacteria as quickly as possible.
The best solution for a healthy digestive system is probiotics. Probiotics promote the growth of the “good” bacteria in the intestinal tract. And doctors are finally catching on to the benefits of probiotics, too, which is why more and more of them are recommending them to their patients.
But not all probiotic supplements are created equal! Here’s why… There are dozens of probiotics on the market today. Most of them statem with great fanfare, I might addm that they contain “4 cultures”! “8 cultures!” or even “10 cultures!”
But when it comes to choosing a probiotic supplement, it’s not just the broad spectrum of cultures, but the viability of those cultures that makes the difference.
If you’re a label reader, then you know that most of those other probiotic supplements contain about 2.5 billion viable cells per capsule.
Yes. That sounds like a lot. But do some comparison shopping, and you’ll discover that there are certain brands that offer as much as 22 billion viable cells per capsule and 49 billion viable cells per gram. So in reality, those 2.5 billion cells are just a little more than 1/10th of what you actually need!
The probiotic you take also needs to be balanced in order to promote the growth of the right bacteria. It should contain a healthy mix of Lactobacillus cultures, Bifidobacterium, plus Lactococcus lactis and Streptococcus thermophilus to help regenerate the healthy bacterial flora in your gastrointestinal system.
If you suffer with indigestion, stomach gas and bloating, constipation or diarrhea, or even seem to catch every cold or flu bug that comes down the pike, a high-quality probiotic can save you from such painful and inconvenient symptoms.
And what a great way to cut down on your medical bills!
Mary Faith Hunt is a nutritional researcher and President of Golden Health Products located in Quincy, IL. An expert on probiotics and digestive health, her company’s products have helped thousands of men, women, children and even their pets live happier, healthier, more active lives for over 12 years. For more information, visit [http://www.goldenhealthproducts.com]. You can subscribe to her new pet health ezine at [http://www.goldenhealthpets.com].