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It's true: We are what we eat. Many health experts believe that all health matters are related in some way to digestion (think back to our discussion about fiber). Throughout the digestive system, or gastrointestinal (GI) tract, there are billions of bacteria. Like fat and cholesterol, some of the bacteria are helpful. The key is maintaining a healthy balance, and probiotic (the "friendly" bacteria) supplements can help.

When most people hear the word probiotics, they automatically think acidophilus. While acidophilus—found in some dairy products—is no doubt the most popular strain of probiotics, your intestines alone are home to millions of these tiny bacteria (collectively known as intestinal flora). There are different groups of probiotics, and Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium are the most researched of the groups. Lactobacillus acidophilus is simply the best known of the group.

Probiotics help keep the intestinal tract strong for optimal assimilation of food by assisting your body's enzymes like protease, amylase and lipase to break down your foods. They also promote colon health. Basically, they help keep the digestive system running smoothly. Remember, we are what we eat... but that's only a good thing if our bodies correctly digest and assimilate the proper nutrients.

Conclusion: Make friends with "friendly" probiotics to help keep your GI system strong for optimal assimilation of food and good colon health. Probiotics also assist your body's enzymes in the proper breakdown of food, insuring greater levels of digestion and absorption. Review our wide selection of probiotics and help support your overall health.

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