Recently, I have been hearing quite a bit about probiotics and digestive health. Having been given an opportunity to test the Member's Mark 4X Probiotic formula, available at Sam's Club, a bit of initial research was called for.
Exploring some of my favorite online sources for information on women's health issues (Web MD, women to women), I quickly discovered one's digestive health is significantly inter-connected to one's overall health.
Top Five Digestive Health Issues In Women
(source: women to women)
Poor absorption on nutrients - impacts overall health and function, including weight maintenance
Poor immune system function - vulnerability to infection and disease
Food Allergies - increased sensitivity to trigger foods
Deterioration of intestinal wall - may progress into serious syndromes or diseases
Chronic Inflammation - may contribute to a wide assortment of ailments, including heart disease, joint and muscle disorders, as well as skin disorders
Signs one may be suffering from digestive issues can also include frequent fatigue, poor concentration, difficulty sleeping, frequent constipation and acid reflux.
The Proof Is In The Numbers
All manner of contributing factors impact one's digestive health, including both physical and psychological stress, poor diets low in fiber and raw food but high in processed, various risk factors, including age, depression and inactivity, as well as hormonal imbalance.
Resulting can be an imbalance, with the "bad" bacteria out-populating the "good" bacteria in your digestive system.
Fighting The Good Digestive Fight
If you suffer from some off the symptoms listed, don't despair. There a number of ways to potential skew the numbers and help your digestive system regain a healthy balance.
Minimize sugars, wheat and dairy and see if your symptoms improve. Eat nutritious meals and add a medical-grade nutritional supplement. Try a high-quality digestive enzyme with meals. If your symptoms don’t respond, get an active-culture probiotic to help restore proper bacterial balance. Remember to drink lots of water and chew your food very well. Extra magnesium at bedtime is also a great help for softer stools. (source: women to women)
Over the course of this week, I will be testing the power of probiotics by use of Member's Mark 4X Probiotic, while maintaining my typical diet and routine and will share my experiences in an upcoming post. With a probiotic blend of recommended beneficial bacteria (Bifidobacterium lactis, Bifidobacterium longum, & Bifidobacterium bifidum) at "5 billion live cells at time of manufacture and an effective level at time of consumption", I am optimistic about the pending results.
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