You have probably seen the ads on TV that talk about the good bacteria in your gastrointestinal system (GI system). They are selling products that help reduce gas, bloating, constipation, etc. You’ve probably asked if these products work and why you may need them in the first place.
Your GI system is your small and large intestine. If your GI system isn’t happy, you are probably not happy. Which means that it is important to take care of your GI system and the bacteria that live there. A lot of things can upset your GI system and the bacteria including stress and antibiotics. Have you ever noticed when you take antibiotics that your GI system is not happy? One reason for that is that the antibiotics kill the bacteria in your GI system. When you finish the antibiotics, I recommend getting some probiotics to help re-populate your gut with the bacteria that our bodies need. Probiotics are foods or pills that contain the bacteria that will re-populate your GI system. You can eat the yogurt, drink the little Scandinavian drink, or get them through a pill. If you are lactose intolerant or allergic to dairy, the pills may be the best option for you. I prefer the ones that are kept refrigerated to keep the little guys alive.
If you have ongoing GI issues, you might try adding a probiotic daily to see if it helps. I have had several clients who have had issues that have been resolved by adding a probiotic. They are also good to have when traveling or during stressful times.
If you want more information on probiotic products, ConsumerLab tests supplements to be sure they have what they say they do and are not contaminated. You can buy a single report or an subscription. They have a great report on probiotics.
The idea for the day – take care of your GI system and it will take care of you!
Have a great day!
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