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Gas? Bloating? Intestinal discomfort? Reach for a Probiotic

 
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Probiotics can be found naturally in food sources like certain yogurts, or beverages like Kombucha, a fermented tea that can be found at your local health food store. However, the easiest way to ingest a large amount of probiotics is through a supplement that contains billions of helpful organisms.

Supplements can come in many forms from pills, to liquids, to powders. Because probiotic supplements are similar to the bacteria that is already found in our digestive system, and have been ingested in fermented foods throughout history, they are generally esteemed as safe and effective.

However, as with many dietary supplements, there is still some research that should be done about their effect on young children, elderly, and those with suppressed immune function. Talk to your doctor if you have any pre-existing medical conditions, to make sure that a probiotic supplement is right for you!

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Are probiotics and prebiotics important for health? - MayoClinic.com. (n.d.). Mayo Clinic. Retrieved March 10, 2012, from http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/probiotics/AN00389

Health benefits of taking probiotics. (n.d.). Health Information and Medical Information - Harvard Health Publications. Retrieved March 10, 2012, from http://www.health.harvard.edu/fhg/updates/update0905c.shtml



Oral Probiotics: An Introduction | NCCAM. (n.d.). Home Page | NCCAM. Retrieved March 10, 2012, from http://nccam.nih.gov/health/probiotics/introduction.htm

Reviewed March 12, 2012
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith

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If you are experiencing some chronic intestinal-related discomfort, I recommend giving the Lady Soma Probiotics a try. It's the same concept as that Dannon Activia yogurt but way more useful, because people with tummy trouble often have lactose/dairy problems and can't eat yogurt. I was getting a lot of bloating and discomfort after eating just about anything and was starting to get freaked out. I've been taking these Lady Soma Probiotics for almost 2 weeks now and have definitely noticed a difference. I haven't been having uncomfortable food/intestinal reactions, and without getting too explicit, visiting the toilet these days is practically something I look forward to now. I feel "regular" and "productive" for the first time in months and have a feeling that I had too much intestinal bacteria. These

I hope they work for you, too, because it's no fun to be bloated and gassy all day!!

February 17, 2013 - 12:47pm
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Caraway seed is an ancient remedy for digestive problems, bronchitis, and even colic. Caraway supplement itself tends to help gas bloating digestion, menstrual cramps and gallbladder, but the properties of the caraway seed bring added benefit. The best way to experience the benefit is through herbal supplements which is easy to take at home if you have caraway seeds on hand. one of the most popular herbs today, caraway has long been prized for the excellence of its aromatic dried seeds (actually fruits) as a condiment and an aid to digestion. Caraway gives rye bread and various cheeses their characteristic flavors.

The caraway seeds, leaves and roots are considered useful in activating the glands, besides increasing the action of the kidneys. It is characterized as an excellent “house cleaner” for the body. www.1wallmart.com/product.php?id_product=676

Caraway is similar in action to anise and fennel. Being antispasmodic and possessing carminative properties, the seeds of caraway soothe the digestive tract, acting directly on the intestinal muscles to relieve colic and cramps as well as all types of bloating and flatulence.

They sweeten the breath, improve appetite, counter heart irregularity caused by excess digestive gas, and ease menstrual cramps. In addition, the seeds are diuretic, expectorant, and tonic, and are frequently used in bronchitis and cough remedies, especially those for children. Caraway has a reputation for increasing breast-milk production. www.1wallmart.com/product.php?id_product=677

The health benefits of caraway seeds are amazingly and are a very good source of fiber. Just about 100 grams of seeds provides 38 grams of dietary fiber. Amazing? Right! They add bulk and help treat constipation by helping the gut pass the food through it.

The fiber in caraway seeds also binds the toxic substances in the food and safeguards the mucus membrane in the colon from cancerous growth. The fiber also binds the salts from the bile and stops it from getting reabsorbed in the colon. These health benefits of caraway seeds help in reducing the levels of bad cholesterol in the body. caraway promotes gastric secretion and stimulates appetite. It breaks down spasms in the gastrointestinal tract to prevent flatulence, but it is also used to treat menstrual cramps and gallbladder spasms. caraway supplement is strongly fungicidal, having a stronger anti-fungal and

March 21, 2012 - 9:18am
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