Dr Aziz Corner: Probiotics: Which one to choose?

Kurt Moyer, Director of Clinical Services, Dr Aziz Corner explains why we need  probiotics, what they are and also discuses which one is best.

Probiotics are naturally occurring microorganisms within your GI tract. But unhealthy diets, stress, and other factors can disrupt the body’s balance of “good” and “bad” microorganisms and affect digestive and immune health. A quality probiotic can help promote a healthy microbial balance and relieve digestive discomforts.There are approximately 10 times more bacteria in your GI tract than there are cells in your body.

There are over 500 strains of bacteria that make up the normal flora of our GI tract. Everything from the food we eat to the way we are born influences the species of bacteria that reside in each person’s body.When you travel overseas you can be exposed to bacteria that are not part of your normal flora, for some patients this can cause GI distress and diarrhea. To help prevent

problems when traveling we recommend taking a probiotic before and during travel.

Probiotics can support;

  • Immune Health
  • Digestive Health
  • Microbial Balance
  •  Bowel Regularity
  • Immune Health and Microbial Balance

The “good” bacteria help to prevent “bad” bacteria from making us sick.When you take an antibiotic you can kill the “good” bacteria and then end up getting sick when “bad” bacteria are allowed to “move in”. This is one reason we recommend a probiotic every time you take an antibiotic. Other strains of bacteria actually make substances that suppress the growth of “bad” bacteria.

Some strains of bacteria can help to control inflammation and are therefore beneficial for patients with inflammatory bowel diseases such as colitis as well as other forms of inflammation like arthritis or from radiation therapy.

The different strains of bacteria can provide different health benefits, so when you are looking a probiotic it is important to consider what your health goals are. We are offering a free Gastrointestinal Health Screening for IndyStyle viewers schedule an appointment, please call the pharmacy or  an indystyle@drazizrx.com




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