If you are currently trying to maintain a healthy diet or are using supplements as part of your daily routine you are probably familiar with probiotics. If not you should be. Adding probiotics to your diet is one of the easiest and most beneficial things that you can do. Foods that contain probiotics include certain yogurts (bonus for those made with goats milk), certain dark chocolate (easy enough) and sauerkraut (Reubens work well!) just to name a few. For some of us, the most convenient way to add probiotics is to use a daily supplement.

Probiotics are basically bacteria that have a health benefit. When our body doesn’t have enough beneficial bacteria to fight off the non-beneficial bacteria (think E. Coli and candida), certain health problems can arise. The following benefits can be obtained with regular probiotic usage:

  • Strengthen the immune system.
  • Decrease the gastrointestinal upset associated with antibiotic use.
  • Improves overall digestion and absorption of nutrients.
  • Helps reduce the symptoms associated with lactose intolerance.
  • Reduces the incidence of yeast infections.
  • Can reduce constipation, diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome.
  • Increases the absorption of vitamin C.

If you are considering using a probiotic supplement along with a healthy diet be sure to choose a reputable brand, choose strains that have been tested for effectiveness and remember more is not always better. For more information regarding probiotics visit www.usprobiotics.org. Or watch the following short video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7URMlVW6S60#t=207

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