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From The Trussville
Tribune staff reports
Bacteria tends to get a bad rap. Just hearing the word is enough to send many people straight to their trusty bottle of hand sanitizer. It might surprise you that approximately half of the average person’s cells are microbes, and the majority of them are bacteria. Your body’s bacterial ecosystem which has an enormous influence on your health is known as microbiome. Many species of bacteria, especially those that inhabit our gut, are extremely beneficial. In fact, nowadays researchers are only just beginning to discover the roles of these bacteria in influencing our health.
The microbiome that colonizes your intestines is known as gut flora. It-play a role in breaking down some of the food that we can’t digest. They produce some vitamins that we can’t synthesize. The presence of appropriate species of good bacteria in a healthy gut helps suppress the growth of bad bacteria, protecting us from illness. Research suggests that the presence of a diverse combination of bacteria in our gut has a critical influence on whether or not we develop diabetes or become obese. Specific combinations of microbiome can change how we store fat in our body, how we control blood sugar after meals and how our body responds to appetite hormones.
The influence of microbiomes on our health is not limited to weight and diabetes. For centuries, people believed that the brain was the center for regulating our mood. Recent research V has shown that the majority of the mood-regulating hormones such as serotonin are produced in the gut by microbiomes.
Serotonin, also known as a “happy hormone” is increased by sunlight and puts people in a “good mood”. Research is showing that a healthy gut is truly the doorway to a healthy and happy mind. In short, a healthy gut is a healthy brain. When our gut is in good shape, we perform better, we sleep better, we are in better physical shape. Everything improves with a healthy gut.
Let’s face it, the majority of people do not lead a healthy lifestyle. We live in a society where a sedentary lifestyle is a norm, we eat processed food, work stressful jobs, plus the inevitable, we are getting older every day. All of these are known to be associated with chronic diseases, such as diabetes, obesity, heart problems, depressions, and weak immunity. Although it is true that regular exercise and good diet prevent all sorts of issues, it’s only in recent years that scientists have researched whether correcting the gut microbiome by using probiotics supplements (live good gut bacteria) is beneficial in correcting the damage we inflict by the lifestyle we live.
Over the last few years, a flood of products has arrived to satisfy the demands of those who seek a h·ealthy and balanced lifestyle. One of the problems with these products, however, is that they do not give any consideration to the fact that people and their lifestyles are different.
The current probiotics in the market make it seem that there is a one-pill-fits-all solution. However, ProTrea believes that people are uniquely different and have different needs. ProTrea believes that the best use of probiotics is by assessing an individual’s needs and tailoring the probiotic formulation to fit those needs.
ProTrea is a family business built on 30 years of experience in medicine and scientific research. Founder and president, Dr. Majd Zayzafoon, who holds an M.D. and PhD., has spent those years working as a successful physician, a National Institute of Health-funded researcher and shares a passion for health and wellbeing. It was with this passion that led him to develop ProTrea.
ProTrea manufactures and sells personalized probiotic supplements that are tailor-made just for individuals. Once registration is complete on ProTrea’s website (www.protrea.com) and the personalized questionnaire is submitted, a ProTrea sample collection kit will be shipped to you that includes everything needed to collect and mail a stool sample in the comfort of your home. When your sample arrives at ProTrea’s labs, DNA is extracted from your gut bacteria. Results will be thoroughly analyzed.
ProTrea uses cutting-edge technology to identify and measure the amounts of 11 different and well-researched strains of beneficial microbiomes in a submitted sample. A proprietary analysis system is used to determine which microbiome could use some help from probiotics supplements. Once the analysis is complete, information is used to create a personalized ProTrea probiotic combination that is tailored to a specific lifestyle, individual needs, health goals, and genetic gut bacteria.
ProTrea probiotic formulations are encapsulated with a 100% vegetarian casing. This casing ensures the optimal survival of the probiotics’ live cultures when they pass through the stomach acid and bile salts in the intestine.
One might think that with all of this technology, the cost of ProTrea’s probiotics will be beyond a reasonable price range. However, 30 capsules of ProTrea personalized probiotics are only $30.00, which is less than many other brands currently available on the market.
Dr. Zayzafoon shares what he believes are the goals for ProTrea’s brand.
“We believe that the best way to use probiotics is by assessing an individual’s needs and tailoring a unique probiotic formulation to fit those needs, “ said Zayzafoon. “We want nothing but the best for our customers.”