If there is one thing you should be taking everyday for gut health and general wellness, it is a probiotic supplement. Our modern day lifestyles have severely compromised our immunity through overuse of antibiotics, scheduled cesarian sections, over-sanitization, ingesting genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and more. As a result, we are annihilating our gut microbiota, which defend and protect our bodies against malevolent bacteria and pathogens, thus lowering our immunity.
The health of our internal ecosystem also dictates how efficiently we absorb nutrients and extract calories from food. As a result, the obesity epidemic is now being treated with probiotics and fecal implants from persons of a healthy weight. Studies are also proving that the different types of bacteria in our microbiome even dictate food cravings. For example, yeast craves sugar, which is why those suffering from candidiasis are directed to eliminate sugar from their diet in order to starve the yeast. The best defense as far as staving off unwanted cravings is maintaining a balanced microbiome where the beneficial flora is not overrun by malevolent species of bacteria. This can be achieved by receiving colonics to immediately eliminate a good percentage of the malevolent bacteria, replenishing with a reputable probiotic and eating a diet rich in fermented & fresh veggies, which consist of prebiotics (food for the probiotics).
I recommend my favorite vegan probiotics, Metagenics UltraFlora Balance, to all of my clients. Metagenics UltraFlora Balance contains two strains of probiotics that are specifically designed to digest carbs, alleviate bloating and constipation. I suggest rotating probiotics periodically to introduce diversity to your microbiome. Gut bacteria diversity has been proven to be of utmost importance in warding off disease, weight gain and even cognitive decline (i.e. Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia). I strongly suggest taking UltraFlora Balance for two months, then switch to a different Metagenics probiotic of your choice for one month and then switch back to UltraFlora Balance. Continue rotating to a different strain after each bottle of UltraFlora Balance. UltraFlora Acute Care contains different probiotic strains that have been used to treat diarrhea (acute constipation), hives, yeast infections and urinary tract infections. UltraFlora Control contains the powerful strain called Bifidobacterium lactis B-420, which has been shown to control body fat and body weight. Another favorite of mine is UltraFlora Immune Booster, which contains strains specific for respiratory health. The new shelf stable (no refrigeration needed) UltraFlora Biome is a comprehensive probiotic that contains strains beneficial for gastrointestinal motility along with the strains beneficial for respiratory and general gastrointestinal health. Having an arsenal of different beneficial bacteria flourishing in the gut is critical in achieving optimal health.