5 Healthy Benefits of Probiotics

From the Show: Naturally Savvy
Summary: Probiotics are good for your digestive system, but that's not all. Learn the five healthy benefits of a good probiotic.
Air Date: 2/26/14
Duration: 10
Host: Andrea Donsky, RHN and Lisa Davis, MPH
Guest Bio: Mitch Sirgent
Mitch Sirgent is the Senior Vice President of Bio-K+. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience stemming from over two decades in the natural product industry. With a strong and successful background in health food retail management he has dedicated the last 16 years of his career specifically to the promotion of probiotics.

Mitch has lectured extensively across North America to educate health food retailers, consumers and health professionals on the benefits of using and working with patented and clinically proven probiotics. He has also served as Chairman of the Canadian Health Food Association, Canada’s largest industry group representing thousands of natural and organic manufacturers, growers, distributors and retailers.
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5 Healthy Benefits of Probiotics
Probiotics are healthy bacteria which aid in producing digestive enzymes and maintaining a healthy gut.

But, they do much more than that.

In this Naturally Savvy segment, probiotics expert, Mitch Sirgent, joins Andrea and Lisa to highlight the five healthy benefits of this important supplement, as well as shares why you should make it part of your daily health routine.

The body needs bad bacteria as much as good bacteria. Your body's "ecosystem" needs to remain balanced at all times.

The five key areas where probiotics will help maintain optimal health and wellness include the following:

1. Probiotics allow you to digest your food properly without too much gas and bloating and allow you to absorb nutrients.

2. They are the key to supporting the body's natural defenses. A whopping 70-80% of bacteria in the intestinal tract are responsible for your immune system.

3. Good bacteria actually helps fight allergies. Probiotics educate the immune system to not overreact to traditional environmental triggers, such as tree pollens.

4. Women's health! Probiotics help fight yeast infections and more.

5. Urinary tract health. Probiotics help prevent those nasty UTIs.

When you are looking for a good probiotic, keep in mind that you will want one with at least 10 billion organisms or more. Do your research and ask your pharmacist what probiotic may work best for your needs.