Probiotics and Weight Loss
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"Years ago, no one thought too much about the bacteria that live in our digestive tract. Scientists knew there were plenty of bacteria in our gut, but they didn’t think too much about them. That has all changed. There are now over three hundred clinical research studies looking into what those little bugs in our guts are doing for us and what the studies have found is amazing.

Your digestive tract contains over 100 trillion bacteria (that is 10 times the number of cells in your entire body) and collectively makes up an inner ecosystem known as our gut flora. The health of that ecosystem, it turns out, can be very important to your overall health.

Gut Flora

Gut flora help us in a lot of ways. They are used to aid in the digestion of food and absorb nutrients; many vitamins and minerals are released from the food you eat by bacteria in our digestive tract. The gut flora act as part of our immune system and they help promote healthy intestinal activity, good digestion, and colon regularity.

How to Have a Healthy Ecosystem

If you want to maintain a healthy bacterial ecosystem, the best approach is to avoid refined grains, sugar, processed foods, chlorinated water, and certain medications.

You can also add good bacteria by getting them in your diet. Make sure to include fermented foods as a part of your daily routine. This means not only a good yogurt, but also pickles, sauerkraut, Kefir, buttermilk and Tempeh. Make sure you choose these foods with live cultures; pasteurization can destroy the healthy bacteria.

In addition to cultured foods, a probiotics supplement can also help support healthy digestive and immune function."

Now of course I use Shaklee's Optiflora as my probiotic supplement support since I don't drink buttermilk, eat sauerkraut or pickles and will not drink Kefir.  Tempeh is possible, but not on my list of current dietary desires.  Optiflora is found in either a single serving "pearl" by itself or as part of Shaklee's Vitalizer options.  Potency advantage:  Optiflora Probiotic Complex utilizes patented triple-layer encapsulation technology, is designed to live delivery of probiotics to the large intestine, where they provide the greatest benefit.

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