TAG | Intestines
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
Inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD, is characterized by inflammation of the intestines, and is most notably represented as Crohn’s disease, which usually affects the small intestine, but may affect other areas of the digestive tract, and ulcerative colitis, which usually affects the large intestine, or colon.
Two recent studies, presented at the American College of Gastroenterology’s 76th Annual Scientific Meeting, discovered a connection between IBD and vitamin D status, or with latitude of geographic location at age 30. Latitude has been found to be strongly correlated with vitamin D status, because vitamin D is most commonly obtained through UV sun exposure. Those people living at higher latitudes are more likely to have insufficient vitamin D status; thus, the vitamin D connection to IBD.
In one study, it was found that people who lived in northern US latitudes at age 30 were more likely to later develop IBD. The researchers stated, “This differential risk may be explained by differences in UV light exposure, vitamin D status, or pollution.” The risk of developing Crohn’s disease was 50 percent lower in those people living in southern latitudes at age 30, and for ulcerative colitis, it was 35 percent lower.
In the second study, vitamin D3 supplementation was given to Crohn’s patients with low blood levels of vitamin D. The low-dose group received 1,000 IU daily, and the high-dose group received 10,000 IU daily. After 26 weeks of supplementation, there were differences in vitamin D levels, but more importantly, there was a significant improvement of disease symptoms in the high-dose compared to the low-dose group.
So many conditions are affected by insufficient vitamin D levels. If you do not know your vitamin D level, get it checked, even if you live in the south. Most integrative doctors recommend a vitamin D level of at least 50 ng/dL.