Probiotics, Stress, and Digestion
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Byron J. Richards, Board Certified Clinical Nutritionist
Probiotics1 are the friendly flora that line your intestinal tract – by the trillions. They play a vital role in digestive health. A great deal of new research has begun to unravel many of the helpful things probiotics do for you. They are involved in the repair and protection of your GI tract and even have an ability to positively modulate the core inflammatory gene signal known as NF-kappaB.
Stress can be a large problem for your digestive systems, inducing irritation and impaired function. Stress actually kills friendly flora, reducing their numbers. It is now recognized that hostile bacteria can sense when you are stressed and can become even more hostile, ramping up their irritation factors.
Probiotic dietary supplements offer great promise to help offset the affects of stress and maintain better digestive health. These friendly organisms operate by a variety of mechanisms to directly promote the health of the lining of your digestive tract.
In the past we have typically suggested probiotics to offset the imbalance caused by antibiotics and poor diet. The new science is showing that probiotics play a more expanded role than previously thought – and can be used as a powerful stress management tool – especially if digestion is disturbed by stress.
The quality of dietary supplement probiotics makes a huge difference. I have always relied on super strains produced by the Institut Rosell in Canada, the oldest and most experienced maker of probiotic cultures in the world. Our product is called Super Dophilus.
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