I have asked SO many people this question, and maybe I am asking the wrong people, but there seems to be a resounding "no", and this makes me a bit sad.
Antibiotics are amazing at killing bacteria, but they unfortunately are unable to decipher between the good strains (that you NEED for a good immune system, digestion, etc) and the bad strains that may be the culprit for your illness.
Yeast loves when there is not enough good bacteria to keep it away. Once the coast is clear and enough good bacteria have left the building, yeast is allowed to grow uncontrolled. YIKES. (and in case you couldn't tell, yeast is not something you want to grow uncontrolled in your body.)
Studies show that a daily probiotic reduced CHOLESTEROL by 12% more than those that took a placebo. The liver uses cholesterol to make bile. Researchers believe that probiotics break up bile salts and decrease reabsorption into the gut!
Probiotics support digestive and immune systems by increasing nutrient absorption and waste elimination.
I take one everyday, and the one I take right now is Young Living Life 5.
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From the Young Living blog:
"...... it is important to know that not all probiotics are created equally. First, you should seek active, or live, strains. Second, you should know that different strains offer different benefits. Young Living has spent many years of research to create Life 5 ™, a proprietary, high-potency combination of five preferred bacteria strains.Not only does Life 5 contain these preferred, active strains, but it has also recently experienced exciting updates to improve its stability and potency. The first and most important improvement was changing the gelatin softgel to a new, smaller, delayed-release Licaps® capsule. Designed to bypass the gut, this new capsule delivers beneficial bacteria strains to the digestive tract. Next, we improved the product’s stability by switching to a new metal bottle cap that, when sealed between use, better protects Life 5 from harmful oxygen and moisture. All told, Life 5’s improved benefits include:
- Higher active culture count (increased from 8 billion to 10 billion)*
- Improved efficacy by allowing more cultures to directly enter the digestive tract
- Improved stability that requires refrigeration after opening and better protects the opened product from oxygen and moisture