By Kim Erickson
Pick the Right Probiotic The latest research into the microbiome reveals that each group of bacteria has different species, and each species has different strains (the “code” at the end). Researchers are still studying which strains should be used for which health conditions, but a handful have been demonstrated to help with the following:
When you have . . .
Then take . . .
Here’s why and how . . .
a prescription for antibiotics
Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG and/or Saccharomyces boulardii
Prevents antibiotic-associated diarrhea. Take 10 billion CFU daily and continue for one to two weeks after you stop taking the antibiotic.
international travel plans
Saccharomyces boulardii and/or Bifidobacterium longum
Take during the weeks before your trip to prevent traveler’s diarrhea.
Lactobacillus bulgaricus, Lactobacillus acidophilus, and Streptococcus thermophilus
Take before ingesting dairy to help the gut digest and absorb lactose.
irritable bowel syndrome
Bifidobacterium infantis, Lactobacillus plantarum 299V, or Bifidobacterium bifidum
Helps regulate bowel activity and relieves bloating, pain, and gas.
impaired digestive immunity
Enterococcus faecalis TH10 or Bifidobacterium longum
Prevents pathogens from reproducing and modulates the digestive immune response.
a vaginal infection
Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG, and Lactobacillus reuteri
Colonizes the vaginal environment and fights off unwelcome bacteria and yeast.
Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium animalis
Reduces duration and severity by enhancing the body’s production of antibodies.
How Much Do You Need? Research suggests that you need a minimum of 1 billion live bacteria, which are measured in Colony Forming Units or CFUs. For people with chronic digestive ailments, however, more is better. Emerging research suggests that taking up to 100 billion CFUs each day may beneﬁt those with a functional gastrointestinal condition like irritable bowel syndrome. For people taking antibiotics or those who suﬀer from Candida, inﬂammatory bowel disease (IBD), or frequent urinary tract infections, special “critical care” supplements containing up to 200 billion CFUs are available..
ERADICATE INDIGESTION Too often mealtime can end with a case of indigestion. Digestive enzymes to the rescue! How well do digestive enzymes work? A double-blind, crossover study conducted at the Minneapolis Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center found that taking enzymes along with a high-calorie, high-fat meal significantly reduced bloating, gas, and the feeling of fullness. Another randomized, placebo-controlled trial found that people with chronic dyspepsia who took a daily dose of enzymes after their two largest meals of the day had significantly less abdominal pain, distention, belching, diarrhea, or heartburn after just two weeks.
BEYOND DIGESTION Your gastrointestinal system is home to 70 percent of your immune system. Your gut is also connected to your brain and contains more nerve cells than you entire spinal cord. Sometimes known as the “second brain,” the digestive tract contains 95 percent of your body’s mood-regulating hormone serotonin. HEALTH & HAPPINESS
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