Probiotics

Probiotic Lady

Our intestinal tract is home to two to three pounds of friendly microorganisms that are collectively known as friendly flora.

The health of our intestinal tract is largely dependent upon maintaining a healthy balance of these microbes. Lactobacillis bacteria (also known as probiotics) help make nutrients available to the body and protect the body against infection from E. coli, yeast and other unfriendly microbes.

Antibiotics, chlorinated water and certain medications can kill these friendly microbes causing us to develop chronic yeast overgrowth and compromising both bowel health and general immune resistance.

To find out if you need probiotics, check the answer that best applies to you for each of the following questions and type it in the right column. Your score will appear at the bottom of this survey.

 



Have you ever taken antibiotics?
Never (20 points)
A few times (10 points)
Many times (0 points)

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How many bowel movements do you generally have?
My bowels generally move 2-3 times daily (10 points)
My bowels generally move once a day (5 points)
My bowels generally move less than once a day (0 points)

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How often do you eat yoghurt with live bacterial cultures, or fermented foods with live bacterial cultures?
Never (0 points)
Less than once a week (5 points)
Several times a week (10 points)
Daily (15 points)

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Do you suffer from yeast or fungal infections of any kind (athlete's foot, toenail fungus, vaginal yeast infections, etc.)?
No (10 points)
Yes (0 points)

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Do you primarily drink chlorinated (tap) water?
No, 1 generally drink purified or filtered water (10 points)
Yes (0 points)

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Interpreting Your Results
If you scored 45 or more, you are doing great!
Score less than 45, you probably need some probiotics.
Score less than 25, you definitely need some probiotics.


Bifidophilus
Bifidophilus

Bifidophilus Flora Force provides billions of beneficial intestinal microorganisms that offer a whole range of health benefits.

This product contains Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium longum plus two additional bacterial strains, Lactobacillus casei and Lactobacillus rhamnosus for a more complete probiotic formula and added support for the immune system.

To ensure the potency of this product, NSP added fructooligosaccharides (short-and longchain), which support the growth of these beneficial organisms. Each capsule provides a good balance of 4 billion beneficial bacteria and is coated to ensure its sustained release in the intestine.


Choosing a Probiotic Supplement

Our small intestines provide a perfect environment for the population of billions of beneficial bacteria known collectively as friendly flora. The intestinal flora perform many beneficial tasks for us. They help break down the food we ingest and manufacture specific nutrients. They are also part of our immune system, protecting us against unwanted and infectious bacteria, yeast and other microorganisms from multiplying in the gut. They also play a role in reducing allergies.

Antibiotics, chlorinated water and certain drugs (like corticosteroids) destroy these friendly bacteria making people prone to bowel disease, yeast infections and compromised immune function. Anyone who has taken multiple rounds of antibiotics has probably killed off a lot of their friendly flora and has an overgrowth of yeast and other unhealthy microbes in their intestines.

Probiotic supplements replace these friendly microbes. Probiotic supplements should be taken after completing any round of antibiotics. They should also be taken when traveling as they help protect the body against infections from drinking water and food. Probiotic supplements are helpful for anyone suffering from any kind of yeast or fungal infection, or for people with chronic sinus problems, weak immunity or other chronic infections.

Bifidophilus Flora Force
is a good supplement to help replace these friendly microbes. Yogurt that contains live lactobacillus; and other beneficial bacteria is also helpful -frozen yogurt is not. Probiotics can also be found in kefir, cottage cheese, raw pickles and sauerkraut.

ProBiotic Eleven
is another probiotic to consider. This formula provides 11 species of live microorganisms that exert many beneficial health effects.Helps regulate intestinal functions and greatly support colon function.



Probiotic eleven Probiotic Eleven

This formula provides 11 species of live microorganisms that exert many beneficial health effects.
These microbes can also help regulate intestinal functions and greatly support colon function.

This specially formulated blend contains strains of important gut-beneficial organisms and prebiotics (non-digestible foodstuffs including fiber) that serve as food for the probiotics in the colon, including short-chain fructooligosaccharides (scFOS).

Probiotic Eleven contains a total of 6 billion friendly bacteria from
Bifidobacterium bifidum, Bifidobacterium infantis, Bifidobacterium longum, Lactobacillus bulgaricus, Lactobacillus brevis, Lactobacillus plantarum, Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Lactobacillus salivarius, Streptococcus thermophilus, Lactobacillus acidophilus and Lactobacillus casei in a prebiotic blend of short-and long-chain FOS.

Each capsule is coated to ensure its sustained release in the intestine, where the bacteria normally flourish.

This product is recommended for individuals who occasionally experience lactose intolerance, stomach-related health concerns and other minor concerns of the gastrointestinal tract.

It is also recommended after colon cleansing and other treatments that may affect populations of friendly flora.

Prepared by Tree of Light Publishing (www.treelite.com)