Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Amazing Health and beauty Benefits of a Probiotic Yeast

The Amazing Health and beauty Benefits of a Probiotic Yeast

Florastor is a probiotic which can be taken to create or maintain intestinal health and beauty.  A healthy digestive tract means better absorption of the nutrients necessary for normal and optimal functioning, and also involves fending off disease pathogens.  Probiotics are microorganisms that live in our intestines and offer health and beauty benefits.  Usually probiotics are beneficial bacteria, which are naturally occurring in the intestinal tracts of healthy mammals.  We actually have twenty times the amount of bacteria in our bodies as we do cells, and these bacteria are crucial not only to proper functioning, but to survival.  In the lower intestine, we need to have at least about 85% beneficial bacteria to stave off harmful bacteria like salmonella and E.coli, which are present but kept at safe levels by the "good" bacteria.  A proper balance of beneficial vs.

harmful bacteria is crucial for good health and beauty, which is where probiotic supplements come in.  The function of probiotics becomes more clear when you consider the meaning of the word, which is literally "for life".

he Health and Beauty Benefits of Probiotic Yeast Vs. Bacteria

Florastor is unique because it is a yeast rather than a bacteria.  While most people recognize that yeast is a fungus, they will probably be hard pressed to tell you how a yeast interacts with the body differently than a bacteria, with the exception of the yeast in yeast infections which is rather self explanatory.  The thing to know is that beneficial yeast, as in the case of Florastor probiotic yeast, actually offers a whole host of benefits to the, erm, host, meaning the human who uses Florastor.  The specific strain of yeast used in Florastor is saccharomyces boulardii.  One of the greatest benefits of the yeast is that it can survive our gastric acids, the same ones that can cause us to gripe and moan if it goes where it shouldn't and causes heartburn.  Making it past the acids allows the yeast to reach the intestines and colon where it does its work.  The yeast is also much larger than bacteria with ten times the surface area, which allows more pathogens to adhere to it.  And once the pathogens are stuck, the yeast doesn't hang around like bacteria usually do- it's gone from the body in a matter of days, carrying the pathogenic bacteria out of the body with it.  For patients fighting a bacterial infection with anti-bacterial medication, the yeast will work without being affected unlike beneficial bacteira which are also killed by medicine targeting harmful bacteira- that's one of the reasons antibacterial medicine should be used extremely sparingly and only in cases where it's absolutely necessary.  Florastor yeast even increase the immune response of the intestines by stimulating release of lgA, something that bacteria do not do.  Perhaps most importantly, Florastor yeast neutralizes enterotoxins, which are protein toxins created by microorganisms in the intestines.  This can be instrumental in halting diarrhea, and is again something that bacteria are unable to do.

The Health Benefits of Florastor

So now you know a little something about Florastor probiotics and the benefits it can offer for your intestinal tract, and therefore you.  But how, specifically, can it benefit you besides helping to create general good health (you have to admit, that's a pretty good benefit)?  One way is for travellers- Florastor has been shown to "signiicantly reduce the incidence of traveller's diarrhea", according to Travel Med Int.  It offers anti-toxini, anti-microbial, enzymatic activity, and immune enhancement to stave off diarrhea causing bacteria, viruses, and protozoa- including giardia, which can be extremely debilitating and life threatening if proper treatment isn't available. As one who has travelled quite extensively and experienced the hardships brought on by traveller's diarrhea, I wish I had known about Florastor earlier on!  It would have saved me a few painful hours in the toilet of a certain hostel in Turkey.  Besides acute infectious diarrhea of the sort that most often afflicts travellers and those who have eaten contaminated food, Florastor is also used in treatment of antibacterial associated diarrhea, including Clostridium difficile diarrhea which is caused by when all competing bacteira in the body has been wiped out by antibacterial medicine and the Clstridium bacteria takes over.  This is not a happy situation, but the Florastor yeast can help to get over it.  Finally, there is Florastor Kids for pediatric diarrhea, which has been shown in clinical studies to significantly outperform a placebo.  These come in Florastor 250 mg sachets which have a pleasant fruity flavor that can be sprinkled over food, so it should be a breeze to get your kid to eat it, even if he or she is suffering from a bad bout of diarrhea.

The Florastor probiotic yeast comes in lyophilized form, meaning it is freeze-dried.  Florastor side effects are limited to flatulence and thist in some patients, which isn't really a big deal if you think about it, especially if it is helping your intestinal tract stay healthy.  Florastor dosage is 1 capsule twice a day for both adults and children over one year old, and like Florastor for kids, capsules can be opened and sprinkled on food rather than taken in capsule form.  It's interesting to note the origins of Florastor- the saccharomyces boulardii Florastor yeast was isolated by a Frenchman in the 1800s who observed natives in the tropics chewing on the skins of lychee and mangosteen in an attempt to treat their diarrhea.  So it's a natural product that has already seen long use among humans, and it's something that can be counted on to work for most of us.

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