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When you think of probiotics, you think of gut health. Most people think probiotics are great for keeping your tummy happy. They are correct as probiotics contain live beneficial bacteria that promote the growth of good bacteria in your stomach. I like to visualize probiotics as little guys that gobble up the bad guys, kind of like a PacMan game. It is awesome that people take probiotics when they have tummy troubles or when they take antibiotics. Probiotics are so much more than that and there are many reasons why you should be taking a probiotic daily. I am not the expert in this area, I am just speaking from my personal experience.
I was introduced to daily probiotics last year at a conference and have slowly learned how awesome they are beyond gut health. Last year at the conference I received almost a case of probiotics from a company. So not wanting to waste them I had my whole family take a probiotic a day. They were chocolates with probiotics in them so it was easy to convince the younger boys to eat one a day. My husband, on the other hand, was harder to convince as he complained that the probiotic was making him go #2 more. Hello, it is natural to go #2 once a day as probiotics will make it easier to go #2 and he needed that help.I finally convinced my husband to take a daily probiotic once I showed him research that it might help his gum disease problems. He had almost all his teeth removed the year before and he still had problems with his gums. The teen was also hard to convince too and would not take them until last month when I told him it might help clear up his acne.
My family, except the teen, took the probiotics daily for about four months and I was amazed at how they helped our family. My youngest boys no longer complained their stomachs hurt and I no longer had to tell them to sit on the potty, the cure for everything. They also did not get any colds during this time and it was cold and flu season. The teen, on the other hand, came down with strep throat. My husband finally had a good dental appointment. I know what you are thinking that it was just a coincident. I have no proof that it was the probiotics but I am not taking any chances as research has shown probiotics to be beneficial beyond gut health and my family will continue to take a daily probiotic. Sadly the expensive chocolate probiotics ran out. I did some further research and discovered a probiotic that has more strains of the good guys and is also dairy and gluten free.
Our new probiotic that my husband and I take is made by a company called Island's Miracle. The younger boys take a chewable one as they still have trouble swallowing pills. Ultra-50 Probiotics contains a proprietary blend of 18 strains and 50 billion CFUs of good bacteria and is 100% natural. My husband and I are happy with this high dose probiotic and will continue to take it as we are heading into cold and flu season again. Now to just remind the teen of the strep throat he has last year and hopefully he will continue to take probiotics every day. I looked at his face, last night, and the acne is getting better after only two weeks of probiotics.
So here at the reasons that my family takes a daily probiotic. A happy gut equals a happy body!
There are many other uses for probiotics. I have heard that they are good for yeast infections, eczema, and even seasonal allergies. Since probiotics are the good bacteria even babies can take them at a lower dose. I just wish I had discovered probiotics sooner. Do some research and soon you will see why probiotics are a good thing. Probiotics are a small cost compared to doctor appointments and missed days of work. This brand says to take two capsules a day but once you get your gut happy, you can reduce it to one to maintain the great benefits.