Although many people think bacteria are harmful, most bacteria are actually very important for our health and wellbeing. Did you know that between 400 and 500 different species of bacteria reside in your GI tract alone? Good bacteria also combat potentially pathogenic bacteria in our internal or external environments.

The colon is an area where pathogenic bacteria often flourish. It’s a warm, moist, nutrient-rich environment lacking oxygen and strong digestive fluids. Making matters worse, as a society we tend to eat more processed foods and sugary beverages. We’ve cut down on our consumption of vegetables, fiber, fermented foods, and omega 3s. Maintaining a healthy colon is all about the good bacteria that should also be flourishing there.

Dr. Ohhira Probiotics Stress, diet changes, contaminated food, chlorinated water and numerous other factors in our external environment can also alter the bacterial flora in the intestinal tract. We come into contact with a lot of pathogens on a daily basis. A healthy gut full of good bacteria can reduce inflammation in your body, ward off sickness and will be able to absorb the maximum nutrients from the foods you eat.

A probiotic supplement provides the extra support needed to maintain a healthy gut and GI tract. At Joy & Vitality Centre, one of the probiotics we carry is Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotics Original Formula. It is a fantastic blend of 12 strains of friendly lactic acid bacteria, plus 10 vitamins, 8 minerals, 18 amino acids, 4 organic acids and more. These capsules are safe to use for adults, children and even infants! They’re individually blister packaged to ensure freshness and the best quality product. Stop by with further questions for us about healing and maintaining your gut, and pick up some probiotics while you’re in!