What are probiotics, and what role do they play in the body?
Let’s back up a second before talking about probiotics and talk about gut flora. Inside our digestive tract we have somewhere around 100 trillion bacteria happily living in us. We’re like a giant high-rise building, and the bacteria are our tenants. About 7 lbs of “you” is really bacteria that live in your intestines, from your mouth to the other end.
Our understanding of gut flora has advanced by quantum leaps in the past decade or so but we’re still just scratching the tip of the iceberg here. We now know that our gut flora helps us properly digest our food, protects us from pathogens (harmful microorganisms), helps us detoxify harmful compounds, produces vitamins and other nutrients, keeps our guts healthy, and balances our immune systems.
Probiotics are a culture of “good” bacteria. Most often when we say the word probiotics we are talking about a supplement (a pill or powder) of beneficial bacteria, but we also use the word probiotics when talking about fermented foods…
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So what, specifically, can people look for in a probiotic supplement?
In general, right now, you’re looking for strains of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium. Let’s illustrate this with the label off of the Jarrow product I linked to above.
You can see this product contains six strains. The three on the left and top one on the right are labeled “L. something” are the Lactobacillus strains. The two on the right labeled “B. something” are the Bifidobacterium strains.
You can tell this is a good product by the letters and numbers after the names. For example, “L. acidophilus LA-02”: the LA-02 is the pedigree of this strain. This strain of acidophilus has been purified, genetically characterized and then registered. The company (Jarrow) then bought the right to use that strain, took a pure sample and grew it to put in this product. Do you have to have those numbers to have a good product? No. But the presence of those letters is the sign of a quality product, as the company spent the extra dollars to get a pure, genetically characterized strain.
Probiotics are important people!! Get some today…
A. Push press 3-4; rest as needed x 3-4sets
30 reps for time: Clean and Jerk (135#/ 95#)
BOOTCAMP RX CLASS:
WOD – 1-minute Throw-down!
(3 Stations / 2 modalities at EACH station, 1 MINUTE PER MODALITY & :30 rest)
3 ROUNDS FOR TIME (with 1 minute rest in between)
Weighted abmat situps (30#/20#)
KB Swings (45/35)
:30 seconds rest
Goblet Squats (45/35)
:30 seconds rest minute rest
Wall Balls 20#/14#
Box Jumps (24/20)
:30 seconds rest
Score is Total Reps (keep running total)