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Why should I take a probiotic?

Written by Dr Sandra Miranda, ND 

If you are experiencing digestive problems along with some discomfort, you could have an imbalance of good and bad bacteria in your gut. Some patients tend to overlook their digestive tract problems and just get used to feeling gassy and bloated all the time.  But if these problems are not corrected then they can lead to more serious health concerns. Our gut is the root cause of many health problems –so please pay attention to your digestive discomfort. 

Some health problems that are caused by an imbalance of bacteria include: 

* An unhealthy digestive flora – This can be caused by the overgrowth of the bacteria candida. This can also result in a weakness in the gut membrane. Healthy gut by-products will then be produced which helps to keep the intestinal lining strong, but without enough good bacteria, the intestinal tract becomes highly vulnerable to damage. This will then lead to inflammation, which can result in an ulceration. This will destroy the mucosal lining of the intestinal wall. 

* Bacterial vaginosis – A woman’s vagina has a natural occurrence of bacteria, but there is an even mixture of good and bad. When that bacteria is disrupted and the mixture between the good and bad bacteria is uneven, it causes bacterial vaginosis. 

Approximately 16% of expecting mothers have bacterial vaginosis. Some women who have bacterial vaginosis don’t have any symptoms. But the women who do have symptoms may experience discharge with a strong and foul odor, vaginal discharge that may be white or gray in color, vaginal itchiness, a painful or burning sensation when urinating, and/or vaginal odor that is very strong, and with a fishy smell after sex. 

If bacterial vaginosis is left untreated, it can lead to more serious illnesses. These include:

1. Pelvic inflammatory disease – This is an inflammation of the female reproduction system. This includes the uterus, fallopian tubes, and the ovaries. Pelvic inflammatory disease can lead to many difficulties, including ectopic pregnancy and infertility. 

2. Pregnancy complications – Many expecting mothers have had underweight babies because of bacterial vaginosis. It is also known to cause premature ruptures of the membrane which means that your water breaks too early. 

3. A greater chance at getting a sexually transmitted disease – Women who are infected by bacterial vaginosis have a greater chance at contracting HIV, chlamydia, and gonorrhea. 

4. Increased risk of infection – There is a greater chance that after surgery, women affected by bacterial vaginosis may develop an infection afterwards. Those infections typically attack the reproductive system.

Take care of your body. There are ways to prevent these health problems from happening. Taking probiotics will help. The best one on the market is Wise XS Probiotic – it is an extra strength and enteric coated probiotic that ensure 100% bacteria delivery to the gut where it needs to go.  Bacterial imbalances happen when taking antibiotics, but probiotics can help erase the bad effects from taking antibiotics.

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