There are no known contraindications for Bio-K+® with other medications. They can be especially beneficial when one is taking antibiotics, during which time it is best to consume the Bio-K+® two hours afterwards. Otherwise, probiotics should not be taken by individuals undergoing long term corticosteroid treatment Always check with your healthcare provider first.
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what are the benefits
The intestinal flora, or microflora, is made of as many as 100 trillion bacteria, some of which help us to maintain good health, while others are harmful. Probiotics are among the beneficial bacteria in the body, found primarily in the gastro-intestinal tract. Their benefits include regulating intestinal health, improving digestion, supporting immune system functions, and deterring certain pathogens. Being able to benefit everyday from a well-balanced intestinal flora is an essential part of a proactive approach to health. Having sufficient good bacteria in the intestinal flora to deter the proliferation of detrimental bacteria is the key.
The immune system never sleeps!
Lifestyle stresses, a poor diet, pollution, lack of exercise – all can reduce the quantity of good bacteria in our intestine, where 70% of the body’s immune response originates. Much of the beneficial bacteria we would normally obtain through fresh fruits, vegetables, and milk products are removed in modern food preparation processes. Antibiotics, which eliminate both good and bad bacteria from the body, can leave us vulnerable to bacterial infections and susceptible to gastro-intestinal afflictions.
Understanding how probiotics work is where it all begins
Probiotics support a healthy balance in the intestinal flora. By competing directly against a variety of invading micro-organisms and by stimulating activity in the immune system, a healthy intestinal flora helps the body defend itself against microbes and other infectious germs. The intestinal flora plays numerous roles and while probiotics are the beneficial bacteria that are needed to maintain a healthy balance, some probiotics also support the immune system, promote digestion through the production of enzymes, synthesize vitamins, produce antimicrobial substances and otherwise deter pathogenic invasion and growth, and regulate intestinal activity 1 2 3. It is vital to understand that the effectiveness of a probiotic formulation is completely dependent upon the particular bacterial strain(s) in use, as well as the manner in which it is prepared for consumption. No two probiotics confer the same health benefits. Clinical research that has been carried out using a probiotic product as it is sold in the stores and consumed, and not just on the bacterial strains, represents the standard by which a probiotic product’s true efficacy should be considered 4.
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