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Probiotics are living organisms found naturally in our intestines when we are healthy. Poor health often comes on the heels of a reduced probiotic count. Barriers to good probiotic health include eating food raised with antibiotics, taking myriad prescriptions and drinking chlorinated water.

To promote good probiotic health, consider taking certain products and eating specific foods. A little self care here goes a long way when it comes to your brain, immune system and gut.

Probiotics and the brain. Proper levels of probiotics can assist greatly in maintaining healthy brain chemicals, possibly reducing anxiety, depression and similar issues.   

Probiotics and the immune system. For the most part, people who have high levels of good bacteria are far healthier and less likely to deal with the cold or flu.

Probiotics and the gut. Improved bacteria health can reduce gut-related issues, such as inflammatory bowel disease, reflux, constipation, digestion, gas and bloating. Click here to learn more about leaky gut and how to go about rebuilding the gut lining.

Knowing probiotics are good for you will only go so far. Adding them to your diet is how you benefit from them, but there’s the hitch: Not all probiotic products sold on the market are created equal. Stomach acids can destroy a large percentage of probiotics as they pass through the stomach. Nutrition World researches all brands before stocking them and diligently works to maintain only the most effective products. If you want more information before choosing among products, just stop by and ask us.

Consuming fermented foods is another great addition to supplementing with probiotics to insure maximum benefit. Learn more about the importance of consuming fermented foods by clicking here . Interested in trying fermented foods before attempting to make your own at home? Nutrition World offers local kombucha, sauerkraut and kefir. Consider these foods your introduction to improved probiotic health, should you dare to try them.

Ed Jones is a Chattanooga holistic health expert who is passionate about natural health, holistic health, natural healing and physical fitness. He is a graduate of American Health Science University and received his associate in arts degree in 1978 from MTSU. He is also a professional member of the American Botanical Council, a nonprofit organization that helps people live healthier lives through responsible use of herbs and medicinal plants. He is constantly training in new areas, attends seminars across the country and has had personal interactions with many of today’s experts on natural health. He seeks to inspire and empower people to take control of their health through the use of holistic approaches to accomplish peak vitality and complete wellness.