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Probiotics: What You Need to Know

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There is a lot of talk about probiotics, which is why the medical experts at Weight Success Centers are weighing in on the benefits of adding probiotics to your diet. 

Probiotics are nothing new.  They are beneficial bacteria found in our bodies. In recent years, physicians and other health experts have touted probiotic supplements as helpful for our digestive systems, urinary health, and female health. Although with recent studies and reports, you may have seen news headlines about some conflicting information associated with probiotics.  To clarify, here are the probiotic basics.     

Putting Probiotics in Perspective

Simply put, we need to maintain healthy amounts of good bacteria to help fight off bad bacteria and help our bodies manufacture essential vitamins.  We may increase good bacteria by ingesting probiotic foods or supplements with live bacteria.  

Most good and bad bacteria live in or travel through our gastrointestinal tract, which is also the location of around 70 to 80 percent of our immune system.  Things like stress, travel, sleep deprivation, and poor nutrition can throw our systems off balance.    

Probiotic foods like yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha, and other fermented items may be good choices for adding probiotics to a healthy diet. Medical centers, health food stores, drug stores, grocery stores, and even convenience stores also offer live-bacteria options including juices, gummies, and pill supplements. Check out the probiotic supplements that Weight Success Centers has to offer.

Probiotic Studies and Bacteria Strains

Studies show bacteria strains like Lactobacillus Acidophilus and Bifidobacterium are key to digestive health.  Additionally, probiotic formulations with strains like Lactobacillus Rhamnosus have been reported to support urinary health as well as other strain variations for female health.  

Over the past year, however, there have been new studies suggesting that some over-the-counter probiotic pills may do very little.  There is also interesting talk of personalized pills of bacteria to better help individuals recreate their own normal bacteria, but that may be years away for patients.  

Consult with a Tampa area physician at Weight Success Centers to determine which probiotics are right for you.  Depending on your needs, Weight Success Centers may recommend a high-quality probiotic supplement to promote digestive health and immune system support. We invite you to ask our experts at Weight Success Centers about nutritional solutions and options to determine which probiotics fit into your individualized health plan. 

Have you benefited from probiotics? Do you have any probiotic food recipes to share? Join the conversation on Weight Success Centers’ social media sites.