Seeking Health ProBiota Sensitive, 60 ct

Seeking Health ProBiota Sensitive, 60 ct Seeking Health ProBiota Sensitive The human gastrointestinal tract is home to approximately 100 trillion microorganisms that have an enormous impact on our health. The intestinal microflora is a highly complex community comprised primarily of indigenous species and healthful microorganisms that colonize the bowel when they are consumed on a regular basis. While most intestinal microbes have not been fully characterized, many are believed to be beneficial in nature, while a small percentage is harmful and can potentially cause disease. This vast and diverse assemblage of microorganisms normally exists in a balanced state that promotes healthy functioning of the gastrointestinal tract and immune system. When properly balanced, the intestinal microbiota protects against overgrowth of intestinal pathogens, supports normal colonic motility, optimizes digestion, contributes to vitamin and mineral nutriture, facilitates elimination of gut toxins, favorably modulates immune responses, and regulates both intestinal and systemic inflammatory processes. Unfortunately, the balance of the intestinal tract can be disrupted by many factors, including: • Poor diet • Excessive alcohol intake • Use of antibiotics and other medications • Stress • Aging • Exposure to environmental pollutants An imbalanced, or dysbiotic, microflora predisposes the host to a variety of infectious, allergic, autoimmune, and inflammatory conditions. Intake of beneficial organisms, known as probiotics, helps correct dysbiosis and re-establishes a balanced, protective, health-promoting intestinal microbiota. Naturally occuring in the body - Probiotics are living microorganisms that confer health benefits upon the host when taken in adequate amounts. Two genera of bacterial microorganisms have been intensively researched for their probiotic health benefits: Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium. Lactobacilli are found throughout the gastrointestinal tract, but predominantly in the small intestine. Bifidobacteria are highly prevalent in the large intestine. Over the past several decades, members of these two bacterial genera have been the subject of numerous studies documenting their benefits for a broad range of health conditions including gastrointestinal and systemic infections, diarrhea and constipation, allergic disorders, and intestinal inflammation. Fighting back on bad bacteria - One of the most important functions of probiotics is to inhibit the growth and activity of harmful intestinal microbes. Probiotics produce a number of substances including lactic acid, acetic acid, formic acid, hydrogen peroxide, and bacteriocins that are toxic to pathogenic organisms. They also compete with pathogens for nutrients and living space, disrupt the formation of pathogenic biofilms, and enhance host defense mechanisms. A substantial body of scientific research shows probiotics antagonize a wide range of pathogenic microbes including Candida albicans, C


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