Quite a bit of attention has been placed on the benefits of probiotics lately, and with good reason! In a sense, they're remarkable organisms that play a role in a myriad of health issues. If you aren't completely sure what probiotics are, don't worry. They're simply microorganisms that can offer health perks if consumed.  All sorts of bacteria—good and bad—live in your gut, and you want to keep a strong balance between the two sides. Sometimes through modern diet and lifestyle—taking too many antibiotics can be a big cause here—the good guys start to disappear. Today, we're going to discuss an important strain of beneficial bacteria: Lactobacillus salivarius. 
The Benefits of Probiotics: Lactobacillus Salivarius
Lactobacillus salivarius is just one of the many strains of probiotic bacteria that play an important role in human health. There's a lot of evidence suggesting taking this strain, along with the others, can help in many gastrointestinal problems—especially diarrhea caused by antibiotics—and the lactose-intolerant often take probiotics to help digest dairy.  There's even studies that suggest probiotics could lower cholesterol and blood pressure.  If you're a healthy person, but your immune system is feeling a little sluggish, reaching for probiotics might help there, too. 
L. salivarius is found in the mouth and the small intestine. Not only could it be useful for maintaining dental health, but studies also suggest it could help improve gastrointestinal problems like irritable bowel syndrome.  With much of your immune system found in your gut, this strain actually works to keep bacteria levels balanced in the small intestine.  Because of this, like many strains, L. salivarius is thought to play a big role in boosting the immune system.
How to Get Lactobacillus Salivarius
You can find probiotics, including L. salivarius, in many foods. You have probably seen yogurt advertised with live and active cultures, but that's just one of many food options. You can also try a top quality probiotic supplement to get them in your diet. Something like FloraTrex, a high-probiotic supplement with a combination of probiotics and prebiotics, may be helpful for people.
If you take probiotics for your health, what positives do you notice in your life? Tell us about them in the comments below.
-Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, NP, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM
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