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The Benefits of Probiotics & Udo’s Choice Super 8
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Did you know that 80% of our immune systems are in our guts?!? I found this out after I gave birth to my son nearly 2 years ago when he started seeing his pediatrician. She has been a huge advocate for the use of probiotics and vitamin D3 drops since the day my son was born! Not only does my son take probiotics daily, but so do I! I even take them now while I am pregnant with my second child. My son, who is now 20 months, has only been sick ONCE since he was born. Yep, only once! And he touches everything and he is a thumb sucker. As for me, I hardly get sick either. It is so important that we take care of our digestive systems to be healthy.
Good Versus Bad Bacteria
Probiotics are the good bacteria that can be found in our digestive tract. Good bacteria is important in helping the body function normally and maintain good health. It is important to be getting plenty of good bacteria to outweigh the bad bacteria. Bad bacteria can cause illness and digestive imbalances. Many people are not able to sustain the proper amount of good bacteria on their own due to many environmental factors such as poor eating habits, stress, disease, taking antibiotics, and many other factors. When bad bacteria takes over our guts, we can suffer with gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, poor absorption of vital nutrients, and it can also affect our immune systems. This is why taking probiotic supplements is important in maintaining an ideal balance of good and bad bacteria. Some benefits of probiotics include:
– Supports the immune system
– Supports the absorption of vitamins, minerals and amino acids to support a healthy nervous system
– Supports the digestive system
– Produces antioxidants
– Supports healthy cholesterol
– Supports healthy blood sugar levels
– Supports skin health
– Supports bone health
– Supports healthy yeast levels (including Candida)
When it comes to probiotic supplements, many people do not realize that there is a monthly decrease of 2% in the cell count of probiotics. To maintain optimal shelf life, you can put your probiotics in the refrigerator or even the freezer. To compensate for this decrease, Flora Health has an entire line of probiotics called Udo’s Choice, which contains some of the largest amounts of good bacteria. By the expiration date, there are still enough live and active cultures to support the digestive system and immune system.
Hi-Potency For Proper Yeast Balance
Udo’s Choice Super 8 Hi-Potency Probiotics contain 42 billion cells at the time of manufacture! This is the probiotic I recommend to maintain the best digestive health and to support healthy yeast balance. Don’t get me wrong, this isn’t just for those in need of yeast balance, it can be used by anyone looking for overall digestive and immune support. Although this is recommended for those 15 years and older, I would feel comfortable giving this to my toddler daily. The sturdy capsule is great for opening and closing, so I can give my son a portion of the probiotics and save the rest for later. The reason for the age recommendation is because there are different types and amounts of probiotics. These needs change as you age or if you have certain health conditions. When taken after meals, you will get the benefits of the full potency of Udo’s Choice Probiotics.
You can find Flora Health’s entire line of Udo’s Choice Probiotics on their website. They have tons of other products too including digestive enzymes, plant-based juices, herbal extracts and liquids, teas, flax oils, creams and honey.
Here are the Super 8 Hi-Potency Probiotics I recommend: