In this weeks video health tip, Dr. Matthew Davis, director of Crossroads Chiropractic, takes a look at probiotics and if you should be taking them.
Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that can live in your body and help to keep you healthy.
Probiotics have many healthful benefits including: helping digest food, regulating inflammation, limiting the number of disease-causing microbes living in your body and making vitamins.
Probiotics are available in live-culture fermented foods such as yogurt, kefir, buttermilk, kombucha, tempeh, miso, kimchi, sauerkraut, some pickles, and some fermented cheeses.
Probiotics are also found in over-the-counter pills claiming to contain live bacteria that will improve your health.
Many scientists have concerns that taking over-the-counter probiotic pills can mutate into bacteria that have harmful properties.
They also believe the bacteria in pills often disappear from the intestines soon after you stop taking the pills.
Should you be taking probiotics?
A review of 45 studies published over the last 27 years found that in healthy people, the use of probiotic supplements can:
• lead to an increase in these healthful bacteria growing in your colon,
• reduce belly discomfort caused by irregular bowel movements and constipation,
• improve some immune system responses, stool consistency, bowel movements, and the concentration of healthful bacteria in the colon and vagina.
It is important to know these healthful benefits are only temporary as the bacteria in the probiotics stop growing in the colon or vagina soon after you stop taking the probiotic product.
Permanent changes to a more healthy colony of gut bacteria occurs only when you make permanent changes to your diet.
And some of the best foods to grow a colony of healthful colon bacteria include: organic fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts and seeds.
Remember you and your family can be as healthy as can be, and it’s never too soon to start receiving chiropractic care. Your best source for everything health is your chiropractor. It’s never too early or late to see the team at Crossroads Chiropractic. Visit Sharpsburg Chiropractor, Crossroads Chiropractic regularly and make sure your nervous system is functioning 100%.
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