The problem today is that we don't eat dirt; we wash everything. Of course, given what is in the dirt and on the dirt around us, it’s probably best that we do wash it all. But in the process we never get a chance to ingest those healthy bacteria that our genes expect us to.
In most healthy people this doesn't usually present a problem. As long as there are some healthy gut bacteria present, as long as we don't get too stressed out (stress hormones can kill off healthy flora), too sick (diarrhea and vomiting are ways the body purges bad bacteria – but it purges good bacteria with them), or take antibiotics (antibiotics tend to kill most bacteria – that’s their job), and as long as we are eating well, those healthy bacteria can flourish and keep us well. BUT unfortunately we have Crohn's Disease.
We live in a time when stress is everywhere, where we do tend to get sick and take antibiotics, where we eat certain processed foods that support the growth of unhealthy bacteria and yeast forms while choking out the healthy flora. That is simply our everday life.
So what can we do. Many people whose diets include daily doses of yogurt or acidophilus are able to maintain healthy gut flora, but these sources aren’t always reliable (pasteurizing and added sugars can reduce their effectiveness), and not everyone with Crohn's Disease can tolerate dairy that well. For that reason, it’s wise to take probiotic supplements.
Mark Sisson thinks we should think of probiotic supplements as friends.
"Not those friends you always tell “we should totally hang out more!” when you run into them but never do. Real friends. The ones you have over for dinner every week. The ones you include in group texts that go for months without breaking. That’s how you should treat probiotics – like real friends whose company you genuinely enjoy and who come in capsules and require refrigeration."
He recommends taking probiotics with food or 30 minutes before meals, as our bodies are “meant” to consume probiotics with food. They seem to survive the transit through our gut when taken this way (as opposed to after a meal).
I like to take mine 30 minutes before I eat.
If you have any more questions please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit my Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/MyCrohnsDoctor
Yours in Health and Wellness