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Odds are, you’ve been prescribed antibiotics at some point during your life. Every year, about 154 million prescriptions for antibiotics are written in doctors’ offices and emergency rooms throughout America.
So here’s a fact I found shocking (and you should, too):
According to data published by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in the Journal of the American Medical Association…
At least 30% of all the antibiotics prescribed in the U.S. are unnecessary. The CDC also admitted that a full 50% of prescriptions for acute respiratory conditions are not warranted.
That’s because these conditions are often caused by viruses, which do not respond to antibiotics. Additionally, the CDC reports that antibiotics are not necessary to treat milder bacterial infections.
And if you have kids or grandkids?
Well, another study published by the American Academy of Pediatrics found that 11.4 MILLION unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions are given to children and teens every year in the U.S.
This is just one more glaring reason why we could all benefit from a gut-healing protocol that includes — as its foundation — a high-quality probiotic formula.
Normally, your gut is inhabited by trillions of beneficial bacteria in an ecosystem called the microbiome.
Among their many functions, these gut bacteria help digest food, produce energy, support detoxification and immunity, and produce chemicals necessary for brain function and mood.
Along with the beneficial bacteria, a small minority of unhealthy microbes also take up residence in your gut.
Unfortunately, antibiotics wipe out the GOOD bacteria along with the bad ones. This can send your immune system into a tailspin — and leave you vulnerable to many diseases linked to poor gut health.
And here’s another thing…
The problem goes beyond doctors writing unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions for various maladies.
Another reason our microbiome is over-exposed to antibiotics is because these drugs are widely used to treat farm animals. So most people who eat meat (or consume products such as milk) will essentially be ingesting some of the antibiotics the animals were given.
Whether or not you have taken antibiotics…
Probiotics are an essential part of a gut renewal protocol — and absolutely
essential to help restore and maintain your healthy intestinal flora.
That’s because antibiotics are not the only factor throwing off the balance of good and bad bacteria in your gut. Other factors include:
A less-than-optimal diet
Toxins in the environment
Lack of exercise
And many others
Many people become confused about buying probiotics because there are so many choices out there. As with most things in life, all probiotics are not created equal. So when you look for a high-quality probiotic formula, here are 3 tips to keep in mind:
1. Studies show that multi-strain formulas work more effectively than single-strain probiotics.
2. The probiotic formula should include a proven delivery system that improves survival of the living bacteria as they travel through the acid-laden environment of your digestive tract.
3. You should use a formula that also includes prebiotics, which are a nourishing food source for healthy gut bacteria.
As Hippocrates said over 2,000 years ago, all disease begins in the gut.
We’ve been working extensively with Dr. Daniel Nuzum to uncover the nutrient factors that have the biggest impact on your gut and overall health.
Dr. Nuzum is not only a doctor of osteopathic medicine, a doctor of naturopathic medicine, and a doctor of natural medicine, but is also working on his 7th PhD! He specializes in natural medicine protocols, detoxification, the use of nutritional supplements, and much more.
After seeing over 10,000 patients over two decades, Dr. Nuzum has developed a cost- effective 3-step approach to total gut restoration.
He not only recommends the probiotics we’ve been discussing, but also two more special nutrients.
Digestive enzymes are a “must” based on Dr. Nuzum’s research.
Unfortunately, even if you buy and eat all organic food, you may be wasting your money and receive little benefit.
That’s because you lack some of the enzymes necessary to digest and absorb the nutrients. A well-balanced digestive enzyme blend will help you make the food you eat work for you — not against you.
The 3rd step of Dr. Nuzum’s protocol includes a nutrient called fulvic acid. Called the “ultimate nutrient booster,” fulvic acid greatly enhances your absorption of minerals and Micro-nutrients.
Fulvic acid has the ability to cross cell membranes, so it is very helpful for those with leaky gut. It helps bring nutrients in, and as a bonus, it also helps pull toxins out.
So to recap, the 3 top recommended steps in a gut restoration protocol include:
I hope this short article has helped you better understand the importance of probiotics and their place in a comprehensive gut-healing program.
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