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How Do Probiotics Promote Good Health?

From the day we were born there have been billions of bacteria living in our digestive tract at all times.
Most are helpful, some do harm. To maintain digestive health, the idea is to keep a proper balance between the two. When there is an imbalance, diarrhea, constipation/irregularity, bloating, gas and other intestinal discomforts can result.
Probiotics are live microorganisms that are similar to the good bacteria already inside our bodies.

Available to us mainly through dietary supplements and foods, these probiotics can restore intestinal balance by boosting the number of those bacteria that are helpful to us.

Intestinal balance is a delicate thing, It can be disturbed by:

  • A poor diet that does not give the body the proper nutrition
  • Age – the number of healthy bacteria decrease as we get older
  • Stress wreaks havoc on the digestive system
  • Travel exposes us to harmful bacteria, especially in the water we drink
  • The use of antibiotics and other medications also alters the balance in the digestive system.

When taken on a daily basis probiotics support the digestive system and restore the balance that is so important to good health. Probiotics increase the number of healthy bacteria compared to the unhealthy strains. Furthermore, the probiotic strains that enter the body compete for space and nutrients with the less desirable strains, making it harder for them to produce toxic substances. Studies even have shown that probiotics may stimulate the immune system. In general, the use of probiotics creates a situation that is receptive to good bacteria and unfriendly to those that can do us harm.

What are Probiotics?

Probiotics are a class of beneficial bacteria that promote health, balance and efficient functioning of the digestive system. These friendly bacteria are normal inhabitants of the intestines and help to digest foods by breaking them down into their individual component parts, such as fats, amino acids, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals for absorption into the body. Another function of these normal bacteria is to prevent or limit the growth of unwanted bacterial pathogens including salmonella, clostridia and E.coli that can prevent proper nutrient absorption, create intestinal disturbances and eventually cause more serious illness. Prevention of illness by a well-maintained microflora balance is accomplished by a method referred to as “competitive exclusion”. That is, the good bacteria take up positions known as enteric sites therefore preventing the pathogenic bacteria from establishing itself and proliferating to become predominant bacteria. Lactobacillus acidophilus strain LA-1

Why Take A Probiotic?

MBS probiotic plus supplement acts to maintain and replenish the balance of microflora in the intestinal tract. A regular maintenance dose acts as a preventive against intestinal diseases, and aid in the absorption of nutrients. A healthy intestinal tract with a balanced microflora can boost the immune system, keep pathogenic diseases of the intestinal tract in check, maintain normal bowel movements, prevent indigestion and bloating.

By providing large numbers of these friendly bacteria to the intestinal tract they may increase the population of these bacteria compared to other, less desirable, strains. These strains may then competitively inhibit the growth of undesirable strains by competing for space and nutrients, while also inhibiting the production of toxic substances produced by some less desirable strains. Further, studies suggest that they may stimulate our immune system to suppress the growth of pathogenic or undesired bacteria.

How should I take probiotics?

We suggest that you take probiotics first thing in the morning when the stomach is empty (an hour before a meal), and right before bed. Studies have however indicated that little difference exists if taken before a meal, after a meal, before going to bed or upon rising in the morning.

What should I expect during the detoxification process?

Before toxins reach the final destination for elimination, the body’s filtration system can be overwhelmed with irritating toxins. Three phases of detoxification:

The first phase is called catabolism, the process involves the elimination or breaking down of tissue. This is the body’s way of beginning to remove the toxins deposited in all the tissues. Waste materials will be discarded more rapidly than new tissue can be made from the new food and nutrients being supplied to the body.

During the second phase, stabilization the amount of waste material being discarded on a daily basis will be more equal to the amount of tissue that is being formed and replaced by newer, higher quality foods. This should occur after an excess of material in the tissues has been eliminated.

The third phase, is called anabolism, at this point, most of the wastes will have been discarded.

The symptoms experienced will depend on the condition of the organs involved in elimination and the amount of physical energy that is available to complete this process.

Your body will become healthier each day, as you throw off and eliminate the wastes and poisons. Those who have the worst symptoms or reactions and follow through to successful detoxification may be avoiding some very serious diseases that would eventually have developed had they continued their poor dietary habits.

As your body becomes more and more healthy, even if you become sick, illness should be shorter in duration followed by longer and longer periods of wellness until you reach a level plateau of vibrant health.