Probiotics & Enzymes - Should YOU be taking them?

Probiotics & Enzymes - Should YOU be taking them?

Probiotics and Enzymes not only support our digestive health, but they are also key players in supporting our overall health. Check out the info below to determine if you should be supplementing with one (or both) of these powerful nutrients! 

What are probiotics??

Probiotics are living microorganisms that provide your body with GOOD bacteria that help your digestive system flourish and stay on track! Your gut is full of good bacteria called your gut flora or gut microbiome. I like to call them our "healthy gut bugs"! Your flora performs many functions important to the regulation of your body!
• Production of vitamins K and B
• Metabolic function
• Immune function
• Skin health
• Inflammation
• Blood pressure
• Blood cholesterol

Some Factors that Destroy Our Good Gut Bugs are: 

  • steroid use
  • antibiotic use
  • aging
  • poor diet
  • stress

Why Gut Flora is Important to Maintain

Studies have shown that an imbalance in your gut flora can be linked to numerous diseases such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, heart disease, colorectal cancer, Alzheimer’s, depression, as skin problems such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis.

You are also more likely to get sick with ailments such as cold and flu,this is because your immune system is compromised with an imbalance in your bacterial flora. 

Who Should Be Taking Probiotics? 

Those with the below conditions should highly consider taking probiotic daily:

  • Chronic constipation
  • IBS (inflammatory bowel disease)
  • Acid Reflux/Heart Burn
  • Diarrhea
  • Reoccurring viral and bacterial infections
  • Low immune health and autoimmune conditions
  • Recurring antibiotic or steroid use
  • Candida Overgrowth and Yeast Infections 

These diseases and symptoms can be serious and if they go untreated, they can seriously damage the GI tract completely! Taking a probiotic regularly has been shown to decrease the risks of these diseases and even help reverse them!

I recommend a phenomenal probiotic called GI Balance Probiotics! Take it daily if you have any digestive issues that I indicated above or you can take it 3x weekly as maintenance, especially through cold and flu season. 

Why GI Balance Probiotics:

GI Balance Probiotics is a powerful yet gentle probiotic formula designed to deliver active organisms shown to promote healthy gut microflora, protect intestinal integrity and boost immune function. Included in this formula is Saccharomyces boulardii, an extensively researched microorganism shown to help restore microflora balance by enhancing commensal organism function.

Each capsule provides seven proven probiotic strains chosen for their ability to withstand the harsh gastrointestinal (GI) environment and adhere to the intestinal tract to deliver superior results. The added Saccharomyces bolardii is very beneficial for addressing diarrhea, including infectious types such as rotaviral diarrhea in children, diarrhea caused by gastrointestinal (GI) take-over (overgrowth) by "bad" bacteria in adults, traveler's diarrhea, and diarrhea associated with tube feedings.

So What About Digestive Enzymes?

Now let's focus a little on why digestive enzymes are so important! Digestive enzymes are also easily destroyed through poor diet, aging, antibiotic and steroid use, gallbladder removal, etc. 

You Should Consider Digestive Enzyme Supplementation If You Experience:

  • Gas/bloating after eating
  • Heartburn/Indigestion/GERD
  • Reactions to food sensitivities
  • Digestive diseases or conditions such as leaky gut, SIBO, IBS, etc.
  • Issues with malabsorption 

Taking Digestive Enzymes results in:

• Increase nutrient absorption, resulting in better overall health
• Wards off gas, bloating, indigestion & GI upset after eating
• Supports a healthy gut and immune system
• Aids in overall digestion of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates

I love Digest Plus, it contains key enzymes, including Ox Bile and HCL to assist in producing bile and adequate amounts of acid to ensure proper digestion and absorption of nutrients.  

How To Take Digestive Enzymes:

Digest Plus before meals may be helpful when patients experience gas and bloating after eating, constipation, or a feeling of fullness after eating only a small quantity of food. Age, nutrient deficiency, adrenal fatigue, GI issues and other factors all play a roll in the demise of our natural digestive enzymes, so supplementation is often necessary.

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Wishing You Wellness,

Krystal Hammett, CNC