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Probiotics -- Are they needed? Every day?

By October 10, 2008 - 10:54am
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I hear and see so many things about different pro-biotics these days. There are yogurt drinks and regular yogurt that advertise different types of pro-biotics in addition to their usual "live yogurt culture" attributes.

I also see probiotic supplements meant to help digestive health sold on the aisles of a health food store.

Is this more marketing than anything? Or do we have an actual need for more pro-biotic substances than we're getting in our bodies through regular nutrition? And if so, is it a daily need?

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There seems to be a food or nutritional fad at least every two years!

We've had everything from beta carotene to low carb everything to probiotics to drinking pomegranate juice daily!

There certainly seems to be some merit to keeping out digestive systems healthy, by consuming these yogurts and yogurt drinks, since we don't eat particularly well, as a whole, and tend to eat on the run. None of this helps with our digestive systems. These yogurt products provide us with the 'good' bacteria we need for healthy immune and digestive systems.

If we ate less processed, more organic fresh and raw foods and had a varied diet with diverse vitamins, minerals, protein, iron, calcium and other nutrients - as well as taking regular exercise, then these probiotics would not be necessary.

Here is some further information about probiotics including frequently asked questions:


October 10, 2008 - 1:41pm
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