“For Life” Supplement
Probiotics secrete enzymes and help to digest the foods we eat. They produce a number of vitamins (such as Biotin, choline, Folic acid, Inositol, PABA, Vitamin B2, B5, B6, B12 and vitamin K2), along with various organic and volatile fatty acids, all of which serve to promote thousands of functions in our body needed for proper homeostasis and health. They act as one of the first lines of defense against disease causing, pathogenic bacteria and viruses. Studies have revealed their ability to help prevent against the development of, correct or completely alleviate symptoms associated with conditions such as: Allergies, Constipation, Crohn’s disease, Diarrhea, Microbial imbalance (Dysbiosis) , Gastroenteritis, Intestinal Permeability ( Leaky Gut Syndrome), Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Ulcerative Colitis, Yeast and Urinary tract infections. In essence, they are absolutely essential for our health. In fact, their effects in promoting health is literally described in their name, “Probiotics” which consist of a linguistic hybrid of the Latin prefix “pro” (meaning “for”) and the derivative of the Greek noun “bios” (which means life).
The relationships between the microorganisms that inhabit our digestive tract, and how they influence our health is quite complex, as new discoveries are being made every year. One of the main observations that have been made over the years is related to how people who seem to be in really good health and also have a healthy functioning digestive tract, seem to possess the proper balance of the high levels of the various “good” bacteria and yeast, that synergistically work together to digest and assimilate nutrients within our food, and produce the correct environmental conditions that effectively prevent against the overgrowth of detrimental bacteria and yeast. This condition is known as symbiosis (the healthy balance of beneficial microorganisms within the body). It’s estimated that every normal and health bowel contains around 100 trillion of these microorganisms, consisting of over 500 different species.
Most everyone, at some point has experience an acute or chronic form of intestinal Dysbiosis. There are many factors that can contribute to a detrimental or “unhealthy” balance of bacteria and yeast in the body. It could stem from exposure to detrimental bacteria as a result of food poisoning. It may also be caused from an excessive or frequent consumption of alcohol, use of antibiotics, excessive consumption of refined sugars or yeast containing foods. It may also be due to a simple lack of consuming proper amounts of prebiotics (nutrients that promote the healthy flourishing and growth of beneficial bacteria). Out of the hundreds of different species, and possibly thousands of different strains of bacteria and yeast that may reside in our digestive tract, a small number have been studied extensively to identify and/or produce (through bioengineering techniques) specific traits that can help to maintain or restore symbiosis and a healthy digestive system. These are often the species and strains that are marketed and sold on the shelves, in either, pill, powder or liquid form, as “Probiotics”.
Some examples of the more popular types of probiotics chosen among consumers are; ReNew Life’s Ultimate Flora probiotics, Megafood’s Megaflora probiotic, Garden of Life’s Raw Probiotics, and Florajen’s probiotics.