Dr. Oz: Why Take Probiotics ?
Dr. Oz has been talking about the health benefits of probiotics for years. From the multitude of probiotics that can be found on the market, it can be difficult to find the right one for you. A woman invited in the show by the name of Cristina says that she finds probiotics as quite expensive. Dr. Oz explains to her why they are so important. There are two types of bacteria in our guts: good and bad. When we have a disease or eat unhealthy foods, the number of the bad ones increases. In this case, people gain weight and their belly enlarges.
Probiotics come to address this problem and fight the bad bacteria. The balance is restored between the good bacteria and the bad bacteria in this way. Dr. Julie T. Chan (Integrative Medecine Physician) is invited to talk about probiotics and she says that you need to get specific solutions, because the bacteria in your gut is quite specific. Dr. Chan also says that the pill form is currently the most advantageous, because it allows us take the dosage that we need, it is fast and easy to use and can be taken once a day without problems. Many of the patients of Dr. Chan have tried yogurts, but these rapidly gave them side effects, because of the dairy and the sugar that they contain.
There is a myth about keeping probiotics refrigerated, but you can find good probiotics on the regular shelves. In order to explain about the use of pills, Dr. Oz has a big ”pill” on the table. He asks Cristina to open the recipient that looks like a pill, but before doing this she has to guess for what condition is the pill meant for. In one side of the recipient is a thermometer and in the other one, tissues. This is meant to symbolize a cold. Dr. Oz explains that people get a cold often when their immune system is weak. This is the main reason for which some people are always sniffling and other never get a cold.
Dr. Oz: Which Probiotics Are Best For You?
1. Lactobacillus Rhamnosus For The Immune System
Dr. Chan has to answer to this question: what probiotic can deal with the immune system?. The answer is Lactobacillus Rhamnosus. According to research, it helps the cells to fight against viruses and bacteria. The number of chemicals and antibodies that can fight infections is increased. You have to look for the term Lactobacillus Rhamnosus on the bottle of the product and then at the dose. You don’t have to refrigerate it unless it is specified on the bottle.
2. Bifidobacterium Infantis For Stomach
In the second ”pill”, Christina has found two items: Antacids (rich in Calcium) and Ginger Ale. These remedies are meant to fix an upset stomach (GI issues) and the probiotic that Dr. Chan recommends for this is Bifidobacterium Infantis. There are many studies that support this, such as one that was made on 362 patients. When the patients took the probiotic, they saw a 20 percent improvement in the irritable bowel syndrome symptoms, like diarrhea, bloating, gases, etc. The way the probiotic has to be taken is one billion CFU’s (Colony Forming Units). This dose will help increase the amount of healthy cells from your gut.
3. Lactobacillus Gasseri For Blasting Belly Fats
For the next category of probiotics, Cristina opens another ”pill”. Something large and heavy pops out…it is fat! Dr. Oz says that there is a probiotic that could actually address belly fat. According to Dr. Chan, this probiotic is called Lactobacillus Gasseri. Not only that it addresses a gene that is responsible for fat production, but also helps with the inflammation and boosts metabolism. These effects have been observed in various studies. The patients experienced having a lower body mass index and a decreased belly fat.
- Check “Use By” date
- Start with the lowest dose possible for two weeks
- Rea label for food sensitivities
If you want to buy probiotics safely, you should avoid products that are close to their ”used by” date. In time, probiotics can die prematurely, making the product less effective. Always verify the ”used by” date before acquiring a product. For the first two weeks, try the lowest possible dose. The body has to become accustomed with the product. You also have to check the labels of these products to see if there are any food sensitivities involved. If you have foods sensitivities, such as the sensitivity to gluten, dairy, or soy, you have to read the label, as Dr. Oz says the pills can have the opposite effect in this case.