Digestive Enzymes and Probiotic Supplements
Keeping your digestive system healthy is vital so that your body can fully absorb all the nutrients from the food you eat. But for many people, digestive distress has become a normal part of daily life.
Some of the most common forms of digestive discomfort include:
- Acid reflux: Acid reflux occurs when the stomach contents to acid ratio backs up into the esophagus. This can affect your sleep pattern and daily activities.
- Diarrhea and constipation: Probiotics such as Lactobacillus rhamnosus, Lactobacillus reuteri, and Saccharomyces boulardii has been shown to ease diarrhea in adults and children. Bifidobacterium lactis and Lactobacillus acidophilus provide relief from constipation and are particularly effective for children. Diarrhea and constipation can be caused by an unbalance in the beneficial bacteria vs the bad bacteria in your intestinal tract. These probiotics can help restore a healthy balance and promote more regular bowel movements.
- Lactose intolerance: Between 30 million and 50 million Americans have lactose intolerance. If you’re one of them, your body doesn’t produce the digestive enzyme lactase to digest lactose, a sugar found in milk and other dairy products like yogurt and ice cream. Symptoms may include bloating, nausea, gas, cramping, and diarrhea.
The good news is that adding a digestive enzyme supplement to your daily health regime may support healthy stomach acid levels, help break down lactose that would otherwise cause lactose intolerance, and help support healthy and more regular bowel movements. Probiotics can help improve the growth of beneficial bacteria in the GI tract and support a healthy immune response. If your body cannot absorb lactose, lactase digestive enzymes can also help.
When you eat food, your body breaks it down into nutrients that can be easily absorbed. This is the job of digestive enzymes. They break down your grilled salmon and broccoli to nutrients like amino acids, fatty acids, cholesterol, simple sugars, and vitamins and minerals. If you have insufficient digestive enzymes, even if you have a healthy diet, your body will be unable to absorb the nutrients it needs. This can be caused by many contributory factors, such as pancreatic problems, inflammation in the digestive tract, food allergies, low stomach acid, and chronic stress. A digestive enzyme supplement is a simple, all-natural solution for digestive problems, but their range of help is much broader.
There are three key factors in choosing probiotics. The first is the strains. Two of the most effective and well-researched probiotic organisms are Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium infantis. These species, particularly in combination, can repopulate the beneficial microflora in both the small and large intestine. In doing so, they also help to improve the absorption of nutrients, prevent digestive disorders, improve bowel motility, and boost the immune system.
The second key factor in choosing a probiotic is survival. Always check to see if a probiotic supplement needs to be refrigerated. Nowadays, some of the highest quality probiotics do not need to be refrigerated due to packaging and high potency. The human gut is a highly acidic environment, and for probiotics to do their work they need to be able to pass through the stomach unscathed so that they can establish their colonies in the intestinal tract. The best probiotics can survive passage through the gut. This is due to the combination of probiotics in the blend and the coating of the capsule that contains them, which uses the latest technology to provide enteric protection.
The third thing to remember is the potency. This is measured by the number of live organisms given in Colony Forming Units (CFUs). A dose of at least 10 billion CFUs is recommended to reduce the duration of diarrhea in children. The product label should indicate the potency.
You don’t need to accept digestive distress as a normal part of life. By making a few lifestyle changes, you can alleviate symptoms such as heartburn, bloating, bowel irregularity, and gas, and your digestive system will run smoothly and absorb the nutrients your body needs.
DrFormulas™ Nexabiotic® Probiotic Capsules for Women with 50x Cranberry Concentrate contains a unique formula of beneficial probiotic bacteria, including Bifidobacterium longum, to ensure that bad bacteria in your GI tract does not overcome the good bacteria. It also contains Lactobacillus rhamnosus to support a healthy immune system and Saccharomyces boulardii, which can protect you from digestive distress caused by antibiotic use.
We’ve come out with a version of Nexabiotic just for women because their anatomy is a little different than men. Women are prone to getting urinary tract infections because the urethra is inside the vagina and the vagina also has probiotics and like it or not probiotics that are in the gut will end up colonizing the vagina. It is particularly important for a woman to get plenty of Lactobacillus probiotics because they normally inhabit the vagina and produce lactic acid. Lactic acid lowers the pH of the vagina and keep out unwanted E. coli, Candida albicans, and Gardnerella vaginalis.
If the vagina is colonized by E. coli, they can make it up the urethra and into the urinary tract, resulting in a urinary tract infection. If Candida albicans takes hold inside the vagina it can result in yeast infections. If Gardnerella vaginalis takes hold you can have a fishy odor down there.
Because you want to give your new baby the best start in life, DrFormulas™ created Nexabiotic® Probiotic Powder for Babies and Infants. With its unique blend of 23 active probiotic strains, it can provide powerful support for your infant’s growing digestive and immune systems. Nexabiotic Probiotic powder does not need any inconvenient measuring cups or spoons to dose. It already comes in pre-dosed capsules that are easily opened, and emptied into formula, milk, or food.
Nexabiotic® Multivitamin Probiotic Gummies with Omega-3 for Kids and Adults is an easy way to introduce a probiotic supplement to children, and is great for adults who are uncomfortable swallowing tablets. The gummies are certified kosher and do not contain any artificial flavoring. Each gummy combines Bacillus coagulans probiotic, a multivitamin for kids, along with omega-3 oils in one easy to take gummy.
Alleviate lactose intolerance with an all-natural digestive enzyme supplement that supplements the enzymes you are missing and assists the ones you have so that they can function to their best ability. DrFormulas™ Digestive Enzymes with Lactase is designed to do just that. It contains a range of digestive enzymes including lactase, amylase, lipase, invertase, catalase, and, beta-glucanase. Lactase helps with the breakdown of lactose to alleviate lactrose intolerance.
DrFormulas™ Nexabiotic® Advanced 23-strain Probiotics supplement provides everything you need to protect your GI tact and maintain healthy levels of beneficial gut and intestinal flora, so your body will absorb nutrients the way it should.
Taking a probiotic supplement every day can not only help your digestion and boost your immune system, it can help improve your general wellbeing. Go with your gut and get Nexabiotic probiotics from DrFormulas!