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Probiotics—The "good" stuff

Have you ever wondered how, or why, once you have taken an antibiotic, you become sick again? I mean, antibiotics kill bacteria right, and bacteria are bad, right? If all was corrected after taking a round of antibiotics, then you would no longer be sick. Here’s a crazy fact for you, each person actually has more bacteria in their body than cells. So, if all bacteria were bad, we would be dead. So instead of buying into all bacteria are bad, let us look at how bacteria can be good.

Number one statement to wrap your brain around is that 80% of your immune system lives in your gut. This is what people often refer to as the “good” bacteria. Did you remember in high school growing bacteria in a petri dish? Well, that bacterium will grow as long as there is “food” for support. Good bacteria (probiotics) will also continue to grow and help fight growth of “bad” bacteria, as long as we feed it for support. Once we have established a healthy probiotic throughout our digestive system, we can reduce risk for digestive disorders (IBS, constipation, parasites, gas/bloating, diarrhea). Also, probiotics help with urinary and vaginal health, skin conditions such as eczema, and preventing allergies and colds.

One last thing for you parents. Do your little ones ever suffer from ear infections? Do you feel pressure to put tubes in their ears? There are safe and natural alternatives and probiotics are tops on the list. Remember 80% of your immune system resides in the gut. So, why not use conservative treatment options first. If you are a nursing mother, you are passing probiotics to your babies through breast milk. Keep yourself healthy and your baby is sure to follow!

Dr Jake Gawith, Holmberg Wellness Group

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