Why Good Bacteria are More Important than Ever Women today are busier than ever before. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, they account for 43.2 percent of the American workforce—a big leap from only 14.8 percent in 1967. Women also hold more stressful management positions than at any other period in history, and on top of that, they are raising children, managing households, and working more overtime. The downside? While they are doing more for everyone else, women today too often neglect their own health. Taking a high-potency probiotic supplement specially formulated for a woman’s unique health needs is a positive step toward achieving and maintaining vibrant health.
What are Probiotics?
Probiotics are the trillions of “friendly” or good bacteria (also called flora) that reside naturally in the intestines and provide numerous benefits for the whole body. Along with helping to absorb and utilize nutrients from the foods we eat, probiotics naturally support healthy digestion and immunity.*
The two important types of good bacteria are Lactobacilli, which are most prevalent in the small intestine and vagina, and Bifidobacteria, most prevalent in the large intestine, or colon. For women in particular, vibrant health—including vaginal and urinary tract health—depends on a properly balanced gastrointestinal environment. However, many factors such as age, diet, antibiotic use, stress and lifestyle can upset this healthy balance.
How do Probiotics Influence Vaginal and Urinary Health?
Women have unique health needs, particularly concerning vaginal and urinary health. Like the intestinal tract, the vagina is home to a diverse array of naturally occurring bacteria, including plenty of healthy Lactobacillus cultures. Lactobacilli produce substances such as lactic acid and hydrogen peroxide, which help support optimal pH levels in the urogenital tract and in turn support a healthy balance of yeast and good bacteria.*
Taking a daily high-potency probiotic formulated exclusively for women may be beneficial, as studies have shown that when taken orally, probiotics high in Lactobacillus cultures are able to help replenish the numbers of healthy internal bacteria and restore internal balance.* In addition to promoting healthy digestion and immunity, supplementing with probiotics also supports optimal vaginal and urinary health.*
Why are Probiotics Important for Digestive and Immune Health?
Healthy gut bacteria work collectively to enhance the digestive process by helping to protect the walls that line the digestive system. As we age, even more assistance is required to help the body absorb nutrients properly, and taking probiotic supplements regularly can help improve nutrient absorption as well as help break down waste and support healthy elimination and bowel regularity.*
When considering immunity, it may surprise you to learn that nearly 80 percent of your body’s immune defenses are found in your digestive tract. For this reason, it is important to maintain an ideal balance of beneficial bacteria to harmful or neutral bacteria (also found naturally in the gut). Multi-strain, high-potency probiotic supplements support the integrity of the intestinal lining and promote overall immune health, which is tied to the health of the intestinal lining.*
What Should Women Look for When Selecting a Probiotic?
The best probiotic supplements for women are those high in live Lactobacillus strains and cultures, as Lactobacilli are the predominant good bacteria in a healthy vagina and urogenital tract. When choosing a probiotic supplement to promote vaginal and urinary health, women should look for:
A single-serving multibillion-count probiotic capsule with high amounts of live Lactobacillus cultures and several different strains of Lactobacilli to better support a woman’s diverse bacterial environment;*
A high-potency probiotic encased in a delayed-release vegetable capsule designed to protect the beneficial bacteria from harsh stomach acid, which can destroy probiotics;
A high-potency probiotic that is guaranteed potent until expiration (not at time of manufacture, as many probiotic supplements claim); and A high-potency probiotic that does not contain wheat, gluten, soy, dairy, eggs, shellfish, tree nuts or artificial ingredients that may cause adverse reactions.
The Ultimate Flora Women’s Complete Difference
Ultimate Flora Women’s Complete 90 Billion from ReNew Life is a high-potency probiotic supplement uniquely formulate for women to support a woman’s diverse needs.* It is ideal for women looking for a way to help replenish the balance of healthy internal bacteria to promote and maintain regularity and support a healthy immune system, while also supporting vaginal and urinary health.*
Ultimate Flora Women’s Complete 90 Billion contains GPS Probiotics™—a proprietary blend of 12 specially selected gastrointestinal probiotic strains that occur naturally in the intestinal tract and help support healthy digestion, regularity, immune function, and vaginal and urinary tract health.* The 7 Lactobacillus GPS strains target the small intestine (where digestion and nutrient absorption occur) as well as the vagina and urinary tract for complete women’s health support.* The Bifido GPS probiotic strains in Ultimate Flora Women’s Complete 90 Billion help replenish support a healthy large intestine (or colon) to help improve elimination.*
Ultimate Flora Women’s Complete 90 Billion Features:
ü 90 billion live cultures per capsule
ü 12 specially selected GPS Probiotics™ strains
ü 7 Lacto strains, 54 billion Lacto cultures (60%)
ü One capsule per day convenience
ü Delayed-release vegetable capsules
ü Potency guaranteed until expiration
ü Dairy- and gluten-free
ü Fresh-Assure glass bottle for ultimate freshness
The First Step toward Vibrant Health
As women continue to take on more responsibility at home and in the workforce, staying healthy is a top priority. Slowing down for just a moment each day to take a natural probiotic supplement may be an important step toward achieving that goal.
Author Bio: ReNew Life was established in 1997 by Brenda Watson and her husband Stan. Brenda has become one of the nation’s leading authorities on natural digestive health, detoxification and internal cleansing. She has helped millions of people live longer, healthier lives through improved digestion—by educating them via public television, books, TV and radio appearances, regular articles and seminars, and more.
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