I’ve been ingesting various antibiotics for over two years; now I’m taking a different kind of microorganism in my quest for renewed health—probiotics.
Probiotics are live microorganisms thought to be healthy for the host organism. According to the currently adopted definition by FAO/WHO, probiotics are: “Live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host.”
Lactic acid bacteria (LAB) and bifidobacteria are the most common types of microbes used as probiotics; but certain yeasts and bacilli may also be helpful. Probiotics are commonly consumed as part of fermented foods with specially added active live cultures; such as in yogurt, soy yogurt, or as dietary supplements.
The Mayo Clinic says,
You don’t necessarily need probiotics to be healthy. However, these microorganisms may help with digestion and offer protection from harmful bacteria, just as the existing “good” bacteria in your body already do.
I’m taking two kinds of probiotics, Culturelle (active ingredient: Lactobacilus GG) and Inner-Eco (active ingredient: Kefir). They have been prescribed by Dr. Christie Sonchar, the latest expert on my medical team.
Since my shoulder surgery in May I’ve been to an oncologist, a GP, an NP, and a GI specialist to find the cause of my fatigue and digestive troubles—without success. So I’m consulting a chiropractor/nutritionist. Dr. Christie will help me with lifestyle and diet changes to get my major systems in better shape.
That is if I can somehow afford all the supplements.