It's encouraging to see that more medical doctors are recognizing the importance of replenishing the digestive track with probiotics, the good bacteria. Since the discovery of antibiotics approximately 70 years ago, it would be hard to calculate how many antibiotics have been prescribed without recommending or prescribing a probiotic?
Part of the lack of recommending probiotics by the medical doctors is due to the fact that most bacteria cannot survive the strong stomach acids before entering the small intestine. The small and large intestines are alkaline, not acidic like the stomach.
At the end of this email is an explanation on why Florify, Melaleuca's probiotic is unique and effective acid resistant strain. For the price and the quality of a probiotic, Florify cannot be beat.
Michael McCullough, DC
Your Health: Probiotics Improve Digestion and Overall Health
Rallie McAllister, M.D., M.P.H.
Intentionally consuming bacteria may not seem like a good idea, but as long as the bacteria are those of the beneficial variety, known as probiotics, ingesting them may improve your health.
Probiotics are living microorganisms that normally thrive in and on the human body. Numbering in the trillions, the total population of these bacteria in the adult intestine can weigh several pounds.
Although probiotics are best known for promoting proper digestion and boosting immunity, a growing body of scientific evidence suggests that they influence health in other ways. The friendly bacteria have been used in the prevention and treatment of gum disease, stomach ulcers, hay fever and even colon cancer.
In recent years, scientists have discovered that the probiotic population in the human gut acts as an important metabolic "organ" in the body, playing a key role in normal metabolism and in reducing the risk of diseases such as diabetes and obesity.
Probiotic organisms are typically acquired at birth, when an infant passes through the mother's birth canal, and during breastfeeding. Throughout life, the body's probiotic population is influenced by factors such as genetics, age, diet and certain medications.
Antibiotics wreak havoc on the friendly microbes. Designed to kill harmful bacteria, the drugs attack not only the disease-causing organisms in the body, but also the beneficial bacteria, especially those in the gut.
Because antibiotics destroy gut-dwelling bacteria that aid in the breakdown and absorption of food, digestion may be negatively affected by the medications. Nearly a fourth of individuals taking antibiotics end up developing diarrhea, and as many as one in five people discontinue antibiotic therapy due to this unpleasant side effect.
Even if you haven't been prescribed antibiotics lately, you may have been exposed to them, especially if your diet includes meat, milk or eggs. Animals produced for human consumption are often given antibiotics to reduce their risk of infection, and these drugs may ultimately influence the probiotic population of human consumers.
Fortunately, replenishing the body's supply of health-promoting bacteria is relatively easy. A number of nutritional supplements and functional foods, including yogurt, contain probiotics.
Taking supplemental probiotics can be especially beneficial for individuals suffering from irritable bowel syndrome or inflammatory bowel diseases such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. Not only do the friendly bacteria improve digestion and nutrient absorption, they also produce compounds that soothe inflammation in the gut and enhance the integrity of the intestinal lining.
Probiotics may help reduce symptoms associated with seasonal allergies. The results of a study conducted at the Institute of Food Research showed that probiotics can modify the immune system's reaction to grass pollen, a common cause of seasonal hay fever.
When researchers exposed subjects with hay fever to grass pollen, they found that individuals who had consumed a probiotic-containing beverage had lower levels of IgE, an antibody involved in producing allergy symptoms. Additionally, the scientists found that subjects consuming probiotics had higher levels of IgG, an antibody known to dampen the body's allergic response.
Taking probiotic supplements may protect the respiratory system from infections as well as allergies. The results of a study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine showed that elite endurance athletes were significantly less vulnerable to respiratory illnesses such as cold and flu when they took a probiotic supplement.
During the four-month study, athletes who took a probiotic supplement for 28 days experienced fewer sick days and milder symptoms than their teammates who took a placebo. Blood tests revealed that the athletes taking the probiotics had double the level of interferon gamma, a protein known to play a key protective role in the body's immune response.
Rallie McAllister, M.D. is a family physician and speaker
Florify’s Two Acid-Resistant Probiotics
Florify contains two probiotic strains – Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium lactis. These probiotics are strong enough to endure you stomach acid, pass through the digestive process, and enter your large intestine where they go to work balancing intestinal flora.
Florify’s probiotics were put through extensive tests in collaboration with the Institute Pasteur in Lille, France – the world’s most prestigious biological research laboratories. Each strain underwent in vivo (in the body) to verify the effectiveness of the lab tests and to ensure Florify’s probiotics improve nutrient uptake and balance the negative effects of the bad flora in your intestine.
Florify’s probiotics are not unknown to your body. They are normal inhabitants of a healthy intestine. Lactobacillus acidophilus targets the upper part of your GI tract – you stomach, duodenum, jejunum, and ileum. Bifidobacterium lactis works on the lower part of your GI tract – the large intestine.
When Florify’s probiotics are introduced into your body, they establish a rapport with the other bacteria that naturally reside there. They attach themselves to the intestine wall where they help counteract the negative effects of harmful flora. Studies show Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium lactis maintain a healthy balance of intestinal flora by producing organic compounds like lactic acid, hydrogen peroxide, and acetic acid. These acids naturally increase the acidity of the intestine and inhibit the reproduction of many harmful flora. These probiotics also produce substances called bacteriocins, which act as natural antibiotics to kill undesirable microorganisms.
Florify’s probiotics persist only as long as they are continually ingested. Florify, with the research-recommended 5 billion colonies, must be taken consistently in order to increase and maintain the number of beneficial flora in your system.