Good health is a universal desire of all people. None of us can really live a productive and full life without good health. When your body functions at its peak, you can accomplish more, work more, laugh more, love more, and give more. In short, good health gives us more life.
Unfortunately, stress, poor diet, and environmental contaminants are all too common in modern life and these can lead to poor health. Some of us may even require strong medications to combat these factors but, for most of us, our body’s natural defenses have the ability to overcome these factors.
We’ve all heard about the big three to better health – proper diet, regular exercise, and sound sleep. But did you know that having a vigorous population of probiotics in our intestines is also crucial to maintaining good health?
Probiotics are the beneficial microorganisms living in our intestines. Probiotics help us digest food more completely, prevent diarrhea, relieve constipation, calm irritable bowel syndrome, and reduce gas discomfort. Probiotics are essential to the body’s immune system because probiotics produce infection-fighting chemicals. Probiotics can even help our disposition by producing serotonin and other hormones that uplift our mood. With so many health benefits from probiotics, it’s important that your intestinal tract has a vigorous population of probiotics. The most obvious way to ensure your colon has the probiotics it needs is by taking probiotics supplements.
But not all probiotics supplements are the same. There are hundreds of probiotics supplements to choose from, each containing either a single type or multiple types of probiotics. With so many probiotics supplements to choose from, how do you know which is the best?
Here is what you need to consider. A major drawback with probiotics supplements is that the bacteria in the supplements must pass through the stomach’s harsh acids before reaching the intestines where the probiotics live. Most probiotics supplements contain bacteria belonging to the Lactobacillus or Bifidobacterium families of bacteria. These species of probiotic bacteria have a poor survivability rate in stomach acids and most never reach the intestines where they are needed.
Wouldn’t it be great to have a probiotics supplement in which the bacteria could be protected from the stomach acid and reach the intestines unharmed? Bacillus Coagulans is just such a probiotic.
Originally named Lactobacillus Sporogenes, Bacillus Coagulans was believed to be in the Lactobacillus family because it shares so many of the positive characteristics of the Lactobacillus bacteria. Bacillus Coagulans was reclassified to be in the Bacillus family by DNA coding.
The Bacillus family of bacteria is widely found in soil and water, which can be harsh environments. Bacillus bacteria have the ability to protect themselves from wide variations of temperature, salinity, and acidity by forming protective spores or capsules around themselves. When the environment is more to their liking, Bacillus bacteria will release themselves from their spores so they can begin to thrive. One can see how this characteristic could be useful in a probiotic supplement.
Finding the proper strain of Bacillus Coagulans to be used as a probiotic is a major breakthrough in probiotics industry. Not only can Bacillus Coagulans survive the passage through the stomach but also, because it is produced commercially in its protected encapsulated state, Bacillus Coagulans does not require refrigeration and has a shelf life of up to 3 years.
The next time you look for a probiotics supplement, narrow your choice down from the hundreds of labels. Be sure that the probiotics supplement you choose has the ability to survive the passage through the stomach and can safely arrive to your intestines. Look for a supplement that contains Bacillus Coagulans.