A Healthy Life Requires a Healthy Microbiome
I purchased my first probiotic supplement in 1972 in Berkeley, CA at a health food store. I was heading to Mexico for the first time and I asked them how to protect my digestive system while traveling south of the border. I was advised to take Acidophilus and Hcl (hydrocloric acid). Looking back, that advice holds up to today’s science. Probiotics and a digestive aid is still appropriate advice. As I recall the Acidophilus had a potency of 100 million. That now seems like such a little bit. But unlike many nutrients that we enjoy in today’s marketplace, the supplements of 1970’s were very basic. Today we are in a golden age of science and products. If you are a careful shopper and a knowledgeable consumer, you have the opportunity to create a nutritional program that can transform your health. Probiotics are critical and easily added to your nutritional menu.
What has emerged from the science is that probiotics are important throughout life. Beginning with prenatal health, through childhood and on into and through one’s life. Probiotics are something that we all have. We each have a personal microbiome. The good news is that we can have profound impact on our health with the use of probiotics to maintain and support digestive health.
In this interview with Dr. Erin Stokes you will learn how specific probiotics can be targeted for specific times of life. Dr. Stokes will discuss several aspects of choosing a probiotic and she will describe the specific Megafood targeted formulas. Choosing a quality probiotic is your first and most important decision. Dr. Stokes will discuss the importance of specific strains that have been clinically studied and evaluated for specific benefits. You will learn how to identify if a formula uses a specific studied strain.
She will also explain the importance of prebiotics. Prebiotics are the food for the beneficial bacterial. You can enhance the growth of your microbiome by supplying the fiber that bacteria love and thrive on. Lastly she will discuss how food complements the probiotics. As you might expect, Megafood has a high standard and include both prebiotics and organic foods in their probiotic formulas. Here are the new formulas recently introduced by Megafood:
- MegaFlora for Women includes organic cranberry to naturally support urinary tract health. Beet, burdock and dandelion root also nourish the existing microbiome and feminine health.
- MegaFlora for Baby and Me is taken by pregnant moms to promote immune health and nutrient absorption in pregnant mother and child. Organic ginger is included to gently support digestive function.
- MegaFlora for Over 50 contains a broad spectrum of probiotics designed to encourage regularity, healthy bowel function and proper digestion for reduced gas and bloating. Organic turmeric root also promotes the health of the colon in both men and women.
You can also learn more about Megafood by listening to our previous interviews. MegaFood products are certified to be pure and free of most common allergens. They are easy to digest, even by people with the most sensitive stomachs. MegaFood products are easily tolerated even on an empty stomach.
About Dr. Stokes
Dr. Erin Stokes, is a Naturopathic Doctor and the Medical Director at FoodState. Erin received her Naturopathic Doctor degree from Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington, in 2001. She combines her experience as a Naturopathic Doctor with an extensive background in the natural products industry. Erin’s personal mission is to empower people with the inspiration and tools to change their lives. Dr. Stokes practices naturopathic medicine in Boulder, CO.