Probiotics and You

Unfortunately not all probiotics work. Knowing the difference between what works and doesn’t can really make a difference to you health.

It’s amazing. Food manufactures have realized the health benefits of probiotics and now your medical doctor finally has after seeing ads for probiotic laced dairy products.

If you’ve been a long time practice member, you know that I’ve been advocating the use of probiotics for more than a decade. Why? Probiotics such as Acidophilus and Bifidobacteria have a beneficial effect on digestion, elimination, and protect the bowel from harmful bacteria and fungi that can cause infections. Probiotics can also reduce

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We have more bacteria in our bodies than we have cells. About 1000 different types of bacteria that call our bodies’ home. Adding probiotics to your daily diet helps you handle undigested starches, sugars and fibers better, and may reduce bloating after eating. It also promotes healthier elimination, which in turn reduces stress on the liver and immune system.

Are All Probiotics Created Equally?

Unfortunately no. Despite the claims on commercials, and the claims by manufactures of supplements, many probiotic formulas do not work. 

When buying foods such as yogurt, look for the words “live and active cultures” and avoid ones that say, “made with active cultures”. It’s a subtle distinction in words, but may indicate that those made with active cultures may not have any active live cultures left after heat treatments and processing. Also avoid products with sweeteners mixed with bacteria, as the sugar and sweeteners often kill the bacteria. Plain yogurt is your best choice.

When buying supplemental probiotics, I only recommend using probiotics that  we have tested, and cultured it to verify that it actually works. Sadly many products, some of which are at premium prices don’t have live active cultures and do not work!

Who Can Benefit from Probiotics?

With today’s industrialized processing of foods, pasteurization, and frequent use of pesticides and herbicides, our foods no longer contain beneficial soil based organisms. Hence most of us can benefit by supplementing with high quality probiotics. If you are taking antibiotics, you definitely should be adding back beneficial bacteria. Antibiotics often kill your friendly bacteria as well as bad bacteria, and this sets the stage for fungal overgrowth. Those over 60 may benefit most from taking probiotics because studies show people over 60 have 1000 times fewer good bacteria than younger adults in their twenties!

Dr. Patrick Giammarise, DC, Internal Health Specialist, Founder of the Digestion Relief Center in Chico California, specializes in effective, natural relief for IBS, food sensitivities and digestive problems. Learn more at

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