probiotics?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by poeticbobbi, Apr 13, 2007.

  1. poeticbobbi

    poeticbobbi New Member

    Can someone tell me what probiotics are and where to get them.
    I am learning sooooo much on this site.
  2. dr32164

    dr32164 New Member

    I am no expert, but here is a definition from the web: You can buy them at any health food store or GNC.

    Probiotics are dietary supplements containing potentially beneficial bacteria or yeast, with lactic acid bacteria (LAB) as the most common microbes used. LAB have been used in the food industry for many years, because they are able to convert sugars (including lactose) and other carbohydrates into lactic acid. This not only provides the characteristic sour taste of fermented dairy foods such as yogurt, but acts as a preservative, by lowering the pH and creating fewer opportunities for spoilage organisms to grow.

    Probiotic bacterial cultures are intended to assist the body's naturally occurring gut flora to reestablish themselves. They are sometimes recommended by doctors, and, more frequently, by nutritionists, after a course of antibiotics, or as part of the treatment for gut related candidiasis. Claims are made that probiotics strengthen the immune system.[1]

    The rationale for probiotics is that the body contains a miniature ecology of microbes, collectively known as the gut flora. The number of bacterial types can be thrown out of balance by a wide range of circumstances including the use of antibiotics or other drugs, excess alcohol, stress, disease, exposure to toxic substances, or even the use of antibacterial soap.[citation needed] In cases like these, the bacteria that work well with our bodies (see symbiosis) may decrease in number, an event which allows harmful competitors to thrive, to the detriment of our health.

    Maintenance of a healthy gut flora is, however, dependent on many factors, especially the quality of food intake. Including a significant proportion of prebiotic foods in the diet has been demonstrated to support a healthy probiotic flora and may be a more effective and sustainable means of achieving the desirable health benefits promised by probiotics.

  3. hugs4evry1

    hugs4evry1 New Member

    You can also buy Probiotics right here at the Pro Health store.

    I'm glad you're learning alot here, so many of us have...

    Hugs,

    Nancy B