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Organic Probiotics For Better Health

By Jeannie Chapman

Several prominent nutritional supplement manufacturers offer organic probiotics to health-conscious consumers. Many people prefer to choose organically-certified foods to ensure that everything they eat is pure and high quality. There's no reason not to take the same care when purchasing dietary supplements.

Probiotics is a term that is unfamiliar to many who know quite a bit about vitamins and minerals. This word is used to designate the many strains of beneficial bacteria that contribute to health and well-being. These intestinal flora help break down foods, help the body deal with toxins, and control the unfriendly bacteria that flourish in unhealthy systems.

You are probably familiar with yogurt, which is now sold in every grocery store across the nation. This 'cultured' milk product is made with milk and bacteria (flora) added as the 'culture'. Lactobacillus is the strain most familiar to the general public, but it is only one of many beneficial organisms used around the world to culture foods and drinks.

One result of not eating foods rich in beneficial bacteria is an over-growth of Candida, also known as intestinal yeast. The epidemic of weight gain, yeast infections, and nail fungus testify to the lack of good flora in our systems. Candida can thrive under conditions which kill good flora, which naturally controls yeast cells when conditions are suitable for their survival. Antibiotics also contribute to Candida problems.

Digestive problems, oral thrush, bad breath and skin, and flatulence with foul smelling gas are all signs that the bad guys are winning the battle in your gut. Yeast cells flourish when the diet is full of refined carbohydrates and sugars. Digestion and nutrient absorption is compromised when Candida is the main bacteria in the gut, metabolism is slowed, the immune system is compromised, and energy production is inhibited.

An label certifying that a food or product is organic is an assurance that the ingredients are pure and natural, without genetic modification or artificial additives. Having this assurance in a probiotic formula is a good way to be sure that the product is made under close supervision and control. Other ingredients like whole foods and specialized fiber will serve to nourish the bacteria as they try to survive and grow in the intestine, and also will contribute to the total health of the person taking the supplement.

The right formula will contain pH balancing foods. Many people live with a system that is too acidic for health and the maintenance of beneficial flora in their stomachs. The modern epidemic of acid reflux is one of the signs that the standard diets of many and the over-use of antibiotics are harming our health. A good formula will also contain enzymes, which are essential for proper digestion, and densely-nutritious foods that nourish both the bacteria and their host (you).

Buying an organic probiotics formula is another way you can keep healthy, look and feel better, and have the energy to enjoy life. Quality of life is as important as fending off illness to being both healthy and happy. Many people who take vitamins and minerals faithfully don't realize the importance of beneficial bacteria to their well-being.

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