How Probiotics Contribute to Your Health

Probiotics are foods or supplements which contain friendly bacteria. They improve gut function and protect against many diseases. The gut contains many bacteria. From a Qigong standpoint, having an increased amount of friendly bacteria will help balance digestion energy.


Information about Probiotics

There are dozens of different probiotic bacteria that have been shown to have health benefits.

Here are some research-based benefits of some of the most common probiotics, namely lactobacillus acidophilus (LA), lactobacillus rhamnosus (LR), lactobacillus casei (LC), and bifidobacterum longum (BL):

  • Makes sure the cells of your immune system are working properly1-9.
  • Helps your intestine conserve energy10.
  • Soothes cold and influenza symptoms11.
  • Decreases cholesterol12-14.
  • Fights bacteria that cause Salmonella, E. coli, and Listeria and reduces harmful bacteria15-19.
  • Helps prevent and treat diarrhea and eczema20-23.
  • Contributes to weight loss24.
  • Reduces susceptibility to type 2 diabetes25.
  • Inhibits tumor growth26,27.
  • Resists allergies28.

Nature’s Qi is a supplement that specifically targets disease prevention and health optimization for those looking to live the most Qi-ful life possible. The blend includes the above probiotics which have been proven to contribute to better health. In addition, the blend has many nutrients and vitamins. Drinking 1-2 scoops of Nature’s Qi a day with water is a great way to get enough nutrients and vitamins into the body in a safe, clean, and healthy manner.



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