Having a digestive system teeming with bacteria is essential to good health. If we were to go by advertisements on the television we would think that the only consequence of having a poor bacterial balance is that middle-aged women get bloated and constipated. But good gut bacteria is much more important than just addressing bloating and constipation (although it can be very effective).
An article on probiotic supplements and weight loss:
A 2010 article from The Daily Mail:
A reasonable overview of the subject and research studies from Wiki:
Probiotics are micro-organisms that live in the gut of all animals. Probiotics are the good or friendly bacteria. Our gut bacteria also includes pathogenic or bad bacteria: the ratio of good to bad should be 80/20. A study conducted by Cambridge University some years ago found that the vast majority of people in the study had around 80% bad bacteria and only 20% good.
Probiotics form a major part of our immune system, they aid digestion, facilitate absorption of nutrients and synthesise some nutrients. A diet rich in plant foods will support the body to produce adequate numbers of its own good bacteria.
There are many consequences to having insufficient good bacteria in the gut:
Modern life is not conducive to maintaining healthy levels of good bacteria in the gut. Whilst this list is not exhaustive it serves to give you some idea just how many threats there are to healthy bowels.
Although The Daily Mail article suggests chossing the most expensive probiotic supplement this does not always get the desired result. Keeping bacteria live is a tricky process and many probiotic supplements don't have any live bacteria by the time you buy them. One premium brand which costs around £30 was found to have no live bacteria at all when tested in a laboratory.
All the probiotics I sell are guaranteed to contain the level of live bacteria indicated a year after the date of manufacture.
Your gut contains trillions of bacteria in a wide variety of strains. Some are acid forming (such as acidophilous) and work best for the upper digestive tract and others are alkaline and better suited to the mildly alkaline environment of the large intestine. It makes sense therefore to choose a probiotic supplement with a variety of different strains.
Go Daily - A fibre supplement with five strains of probiotics, prebiotics (which support the gut to produce its own bacteria), L-glutamine (to soothe and restore) and digestive enzymes (to boost digestion). A natural, effective, value for money product.
Beneficial Bacteria - 8 strains of bacteria with 4 billion live organisms guaranteed 1 year after manufacture.
Interna-Calm - A high dose (5 billion live organisms per capsule) probiotic yeast containing saccharomyces boulardii which is resistant to antibacterial agents and antibiotics.
Probiotic Max - Eight strains of bacteria and 20 billion live organisms (guaranteed 12 months from date of manufacture) per capsule.