What are probiotics?
There are billions of bacteria living in the intestinal tract, often referred to as "microflora." Probiotics are live, “friendly” bacteria in the microflora that work to keep a healthy intestinal balance, reducing the amount of harmful bacteria while replenishing and maintaining beneficial strains. Maintaining this balance is critical for overall good health.
Beneficial bacteria may be reduced due to a variety of factors:
• Antibiotic or other medication use
• Infection or illness
|• Dietary changes or poor diet
• Digestive disorders
An unhealthy balance between the beneficial and harmful bacteria may affect gastrointestinal function
Who should take probiotics?
Daily probiotic supplementation is considered a necessary component of any healthy diet. It supports health in:
|• Pre- and post-pregnancy
• Infants (1 year+), children and adolescents
While probiotics may be added in foods such as yogurt and smoothies, direct probiotic supplementation provides the highest amount of beneficial live and active cultures. Probiotics should be a routine part of a daily lifestyle to help maintain optimal health conditions.