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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Finding Digestive Comfort

Many digestive complaints may be due to an imbalance of intestinal microflora. Digestive discomforts such as bloating, indigestion, and mild or occasional constipation or diarrhea could be warning signs of an imbalance of intestinal bacteria referred to as microflora. Certain inflammatory disorders (e.g., inflammatory bowel diseases) are also associated with microflora imbalance. Stress and other lifestyle factors including diets high in sugars and low in fibercan foster harmful bacteria growth. Frequent or prolonged use of certain medications can also disrupt microflora balance.

Good bacteria are good for your health. Your gastrointestinal (GI) tract is home to hundreds of bacterial strains, including both good and bad bacteria. One of your GI system's main functions is to rid the body of harmful bacteria and maintain a favorable ratio of health-promoting microflora. "Friendly" bacteria aid in digestion, intestinal motility to promote regular bowel movements, and immune function to defend against infection by food-borne of other disease-causing germs.

A "probiotic" may help restore balance. Daily supplementation with beneficial probiotic bacteria complements healthy eating, regular exercise, and managing stress to support digestive, immune, and overall health. Probiotics can also be used strategically to help respond to brief flare-ups of digestive distress, such as travel-associated diarrhea or discomforts associated with irritable bowel syndrome.

Get the right probiotic to meet your needs. Different probiotic strains have unique benefits. So it's important to select a beneficial combination of probiotic strains to get the health support you need. Make an appointment to discuss how a targeted probiotic can help you.

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