- Q. What are probiotics?
- A. Not all bacteria are bad for you. In fact, the human body needs many bacteria to stay healthy! Helpful bacteria are called probiotics. They live in the intestinal tract and other regions of the body, including on the surface of the skin. Probiotics are best known for their role in the gut, promoting a healthy digestive pH and supporting regularity.* Science is quickly discovering dozens of other benefits of a healthy probiotic population including:
- Supporting immune system response*
- Balancing hormones*
- Making some of our vitamins*
- Detoxifying the body*
- Helping your body digest and absorb nutrients from food and other supplements*
- Q. Why do we need probiotic supplements?
- A. Modern lifestyles can be very harsh on our beneficial bacteria. Stress, processed foods, second-hand antibiotics, and chlorinated water can alter our “microecology.” These lifestyle factors can reduce the population of sensitive healthy bacteria. Meanwhile less helpful bacteria and yeasts begin to thrive on the abundance of carbohydrates and sugars we consume each day. The balance is disrupted; this can lead to fatigue and a compromised immune response.
Thankfully, probiotic support through supplementation can help sustain the digestive tract balance by re-introducing beneficial bacteria. Using natural probiotic-based skin care products can help restore dermal probiotic balance, too.*
- Q. How many beneficial bacteria do I need in my digestive tract?
- A. There are billions of bacteria in the human digestive tract. Science has found that the ratio of good to bad bacteria needs to be at least 85:15. To maintain that balance, we need to provide both probiotic and prebiotic support for the gut.
It’s clear that probiotic supplementation is vital to support good health. But it’s also important to note that not all probiotic supplements are the same. Some that boast “billions and billions” of bacteria may actually supply too many of one strain, causing the immune system to respond to a perceived threat. Another mistake many consumers make is to supplement only with probiotics, while failing to take any prebiotics. Prebiotics are substances that help nourish probiotics and, along with organic acids, encourage the supplemented probiotics to take root. Prebiotics also nourish and feed pre-existing probiotic strains that are completely unique to each individual.
- Q. How do probiotics help support immune response?
- A. Currently, science has established that approximately 70% of immune system cells reside in the digestive tract. Probiotics support those immune system cells by, among other things, crowding out unfriendly guests. The gut is the first line of immune defense, and to stay healthy, we need a healthy population of friendly bacteria.*