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Did you know that everyone’s gut flora composition—the natural microorganisms that support digestive, immune and overall health—is different?* This flora population is like a fingerprint, your fingerprint. What’s more, the balance of flora in a woman’s body is also unique, making her beneficial flora needs unique as well.
Probiotics Blended Just for Women
A big concern for women is the balance of bacteria in the vaginal and urinary tracts, areas that are particularly sensitive to an imbalance.† The gut bacterial balance ripples out to affect the body’s overall bacterial balance, including the vaginal and urinary bacterial balance, making the health of a woman’s intestines particularly important.
New Ultimate Flora Women’s Complete 90 Billion is blended specifically for a woman’s body and features an ultra-potent 90 billion probiotic cultures in every capsule. The probiotic blend in this formula:
- Is made up of 12 select GPS (Gut Protection System) probiotic strains, which have been scientifically researched for their health benefits. †
- Features a higher amount of GPS Lactobacillus strains (54 billion). The Lactobacillus probiotic strain family is especially beneficial for women as it is the most prevalent healthy bacteria type found in the vaginal and urinary tract. †
- Also contains a blend of colon and bowel supporting GPS Bifidobacteria strains (36 billion) to promote optimum digestive health and regularity in women. †
Stress makes women particularly susceptible to disturbances in digestive and bowel health, as well as urogenital health. Add the use of antibiotics to the mix (antibiotics can wipe out all bacteria, good and bad) and a woman’s need for a healthy gut flora balance has never been more crucial.
Ultimate Flora Women’s Complete is easily incorporated into the busiest of lifestyles. Just one delayed-release capsule each day provides all 90 billion probiotic cultures as part of a balanced and healthy lifestyle. † The Lactobacillus strains in this formula produce beneficial compounds that help the body naturally maintain a healthy balance of yeast and digestive bacteria.† The Bifidobacterium strains in this blend help target a women’s bowel health and colon needs.†
Consider adding these prebiotic foods (foods that help “feed” the beneficial bacteria in the gut) to your diet, too:
- Chicory root, dandelion greens, Jerusalem artichoke, asparagus
- Garlic, leeks, onion
- High fiber foods
Sinusitis involves inflammation of the sinuses. About 30 million cases of sinusitis occur in the United States annually, yet its cause can be difficult to detect. For a long time, it was thought that the sinuses were sterile, but scientists now know that microbes do exist in the sinuses. A recent study published in the journal Science Translational Medicine has found that, not only do microbes exist in the sinuses, but that a loss of microbial diversity occurs in those people with sinusitis when compared to healthy people.
Specifically, people with sinusitis had higher amounts of Cornebacterium tuburculostearicum, while healthy people were colonized with Lactobacillus sakei, a bacteria that helps prevent the development of sinusitis, based on previous studies. The lead researcher, Susan Lynch, suggests that the sinuses are home to a diverse microbiome, which includes beneficial bacteria that help protect against sinus infection.
Often, sinusitis is treated with antibiotics, yet the original cause of infection may not be bacterial at all. Sinusitis is one condition for which antibiotic overuse is cautioned against. Another author of the study, Andrew Goldberg, stated, “The premise for our understanding of chronic sinusitis and therapeutic treatment appears to be wrong, and a different therapeutic strategy seems appropriate.”
Although too early to draw conclusions about specific alternative treatments, this study alludes to the eventual use of probiotics in the treatment of sinusitis. More studies will be needed to determine what bacteria are helpful, and what treatment might work.