How Probiotics Boost Your Immunity
As we age, reduced stomach acid makes it easier for harmful bacteria we ingest to survive and grow in our intestines. The result is a drop in immunity. To preserve immune function, it’s a good idea to take a probiotic that replaces the good bacteria, such as Bifidum and Lactobacillus.
Probiotics are live organisms, sometimes called “friendly” bacteria, naturally present in your digestive tract. and also available in probiotic foods like active culture yogurt and kefir.
Your intestines already contain huge amounts of bacteria — about three pounds — or about 100 trillion of them. By supplementing your diet with probiotics, you’re ingesting good bacteria to crowd out the bad guys.
Probiotics can ease or prevent diarrhea due to antibiotic use, traveler’s diarrhea, cancer therapy, irritable bowel syndrome, and some forms of inflammatory bowel disease.
The Anti-Aging Bottom Line: Infections, antibiotic use and the aging process can damage the delicate balance of microorganisms within the intestines. Probiotics in foods and from supplements can restore that balance and help keep this important part of our immune system functioning optimally. Be sure to make them a regular part of your diet!
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