Probiotics are a valuable part of a healthy diet, and may play an important role in sustaining overall intestinal health. Many people suffer from the effects of intestinal imbalances which makes a focus on probiotics essential. Prevention of imbalance before it occurs is clearly a better alternative to treating the often unpleasant symptoms. Using probiotics is a safe, cost-effective, “natural” approach that may help act as a barrier against microbial infection.
The importance of digestive health
Digestive health is an important yet often ignored factor for our overall health. If you haven’t been feeling yourself lately it is possible that this may be related to your digestive health. Many health professionals and nutritionists believe that to be truly healthy we need a healthy digestive system and yet it is not an aspect many usually concentrate on. If there is a problem with your digestive system, your body might not be able to absorb enough nutrients from your food, which can cause you to suffer from a number of different problems.
Friendly flora perform a number of constructive functions in the intestinal tract. One main function is to help prevent occasional good/bad flora imbalance. The “good” flora do this by crowding out the “bad” in the intestinal tract.
Each and every one of us carries Candida albicans in the digestive tract. Candida, a single celled organism, produces more than a hundred different toxins which can be absorbed through the intestinal wall and in turn cause your body issues. Provided these tiny yeast like organisms are kept under control by beneficial microbes and the immune system, they should do us no harm. However, if there is an imbalance in the intestine, this could lead to Candida cells growing at a rate that is out of control leading to a number of problems. This occurs when intestinal balance is disorientated by an impaired immune system, the use of antibiotics and stress or high carbohydrate diets, birth controls, diabetes and pregnancy. (2)
When Candida starts to proliferate, they become capable of penetrating the intestinal wall and leaking out into the body through the bloodstream, this can lead to a negative effect on our health and overall wellbeing. Some of the symptoms associated with Candida are:
• Anger outbursts
• Constant tiredness and exhaustion
• Mood swings
• Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
• Intense cravings for sugars, sweets, and breads
• Itchy skin
• Frequent stomach pains and digestion problems
• Skin problems (skin infections, eczema, psoriasis, acne)
• Foggy brain / Trouble concentrating (3)
Treating Candida with probiotics
You can adjust the amount of yeast in your body through diet however it is not as easy as many people may think. You would have to significantly reduce and even completely cut out sugar and high-carbohydrate foods. Although most people can do this, they can’t sustain it for long and depriving themselves of these foods can often result in binge eating behaviour which is counter productive. The more sugar you intake the more fuel you give yeast to grow in your body.
Although probiotics are naturally available in yoghurt, one of the most effective natural options for reducing yeast is a probiotic supplement such as ThreeLac as they are teeming with good live bacteria. Because probiotics may help reduce the symptoms of yeast overgrowth it is an easier method than adhering to a very strict diet regimen. Many women who suffer from thrush, “especially those who have undergone repeat antibiotic treatment, find probiotics to be really helpful in preventing recurrence and treating these conditions.” (4)
ThreeLac provides selected beneficial microflora for the purpose of replenishing needed friendly flora to promote intestinal health, a powerful probiotic formulation of three potent microflora in a lemon-powder base.
• Bacillus coagulans: A probiotic organism that may help control occasional digestion and stomach problems.
• Bacillus subtilis: A probiotic organism that may help crowd out “bad” flora in the intestines.
• Enterococcus faecalis: The Enterococci constitute a major genus within the lactic acid bacteria group, and exists naturally in the human digestive tract. This effective probiotic bacteria is the result of formulation under strict laboratory conditions.
One of the benefits to using ThreeLac is that it may alleviate the yeast overgrowth symptoms faster than other treatment methods. Also for those people who are lactose intolerant, yoghurt is not always an option so a probiotic such as ThreeLac could be an effective alternative. A healthy digestive system directly relates to a healthy immune system and our overall wellbeing.
1. Image courtesy of Ambro.
4. Ani Richardson, “ Natural remedies for the treatment and prevention of vaginal thrush infection“, bodykind blog, 05/082009.
Written by Mike Pye