Employ Probiotics To Help Defend Against The Flu ? – Issue # 38/1
Every year we go through the same routine of having various agencies start to remind us about, and recommend that we not forget to get a Flu shot for the upcoming Flu season, and they even update these shots every year for the “current” strain. The trouble with this is that some folks are saying that this may not be such a good idea, so what to do? Well it turns out that having a sufficient amount of “good” bacteria, probiotics, in your gut goes a long way in helping to prevent catching the Flu in the first place. Here are five other health benefits of probiotics that our friends at Natural News had to share recently :
Digestive health. We have more than 1,000 different types of bacteria that live in our digestive tracts. In fact, bacteria in our bodies outnumber human cells ten to one. Yet when we take an antibiotic, they kill the healthy intestinal flora that helps us digest, in addition to the sickness-causing bacteria. “As a result, doctors commonly prescribe taking probiotics to ‘repopulate’ the digestive tract with healthful bacteria,” the Huffington Post reported. But probiotics can also help with other digestive issues, such as irritable bowel syndrome
— Urinary tract health. According to research, probiotics – especially lactobacilli – have been successful in treating recurrent urinary tract infections (UTI) in women. “…[I]f you could replace the Lactobacillus in women with recurrent urinary tract infections, you might normalize the vagina and prevent infections,” says researcher Dr. Thomas M. Hooton, a professor of clinical medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. “So there is as push to develop non-antibiotic methods to prevent and treat infections.”
— Keep those allergies at bay. Hay fever? Cats? Dust? Mold? Research suggests that probiotics could help prevent or reduce the severity of allergies. A team of Finnish researchers at the University of Helsinki found that “exposing pregnant mothers and infants to probiotic bacteria could help stimulate the growth of the immune system and potentially play a role in preventing allergies,” ABC News reported in 2008.
— Improving women’s health. Probiotics have found L. acidophilius may help reduce the incidence and severity of bacterial vaginosis and yeast infections, when taken as a vaginal suppository (rather than consumed in foods).
— Improve your immune response. One of the main functions of healthful bacteria is to stimulate your immune response. “By eating probiotic-rich foods and maintaining good intestinal flora, a person can also help to maintain a healthy immune system,” HuffPo reported, citing small-study research.
Maintain a healthy immune system by eating probiotic rich foods and by supplementing, and reduce the need for Flu shots this season, the best defense is a strong and healthy immune system.
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