Probiotics: Which Should You Take?

April 11th, 2012

Probiotics are a popular health supplement. How do you know which ones and how much to take?

 Most of us have probably used acidophilus supplements, or more specifically, lactobacillus acidophilus.  However, now there are more choices of probiotics on the market than ever, in a wide variety of price ranges, and in an even greater variation of bacteria amounts.  Does it really matter which you take?

 You will want to make an informed decision based on your personal need, such as are you wanting to just supplement a basically healthy digestive tract, or are you wanting a supplement to relieve and heal digestive issues.  I have used plain L acidophilus as well as some inexpensive probiotic combinations from Walmart.  If you have tried them, you, too, probably noticed an overall good experience of just feeling that your stomach is more settled, digesting easier, and less bloated after eating.  These simple inexpensive types are fine for those who feel that their digestion is healthy.

 Why would someone with good digestion want to take any probiotics at all? 

 As the digestive enzymes that occur naturally in foods are mostly destroyed by cooking, and many cultures eat too high a percentage of cooked food to maintain a good level of natural probiotic intake solely from food, a simple supplement is helpful.  However, if you or a family member have consistent bloating, constipation, inconsistently formed bowel movements, yeast buildup, ulcers, or consistent gut pain after eating, you will want to implement the information I recently came across.

 Though 1 million bacteria per pill sounds like a huge amount, these typical doses are not sufficient if you are having digestive issues.

Experts in probiotics say that you need a 10 billion bacteria per day probiotic intake to achieve Immerse Yourself in the Full Healing Contemplation Here »

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Easing Holiday Digestion

November 21st, 2010

Here are 10 tips for easing your holiday digestion and allowing you to ensure your enjoyment of all those holiday foods!

All our favorite, lavish foods for the holidays can cause even the healthiest eaters to be tempted to overindulge, creating digestive discomfort that distracts from holiday enjoyment.  Dr. David J. Foreman, Herbal Pharmacist, has written a helpful article on “Holiday Digestion.”  You can read the full article (1) and others by Dr. Foreman at www.VitaminShoppe.com .  Click on Articles and Recipes at the top, then on Advice from Experts, then Herbal Pharmacist; you will then see the archives on the right.

Below are some excerpts from “Holiday Digestion.”   Dr. Foreman writes a monthly newsletter for the Vitamin Shoppe chain of stores.  

1. Maintain a balanced diet of carbohydrates, protein and fat.

2.  Avoid drugs that may exacerbate your condition like aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

3.  Avoiding alcohol and caffeine at the holidays may be difficult for many, but this will be helpful to your digestion.

4. Do your best to decrease stress. This will have a huge impact on your digestive health.

5. Use a combination digestive enzyme, the best being ones that contain protease to digest proteins, amylase to digest starches, lipase to digests fats, and even lactase for lactose. Dr. Foreman’s suggestions are: Multi Enzyme by Vitamin Shoppe, Digest Gold by Enzymedica, Advanced Digestive Formula by Vitamin Shoppe, and Digest More by Renew Life.  Take supplement right before your meal.  If you are still bloated in an hour, repeat the dose. Immerse Yourself in the Full Healing Contemplation Here »

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