This one may not be as familiar to people as a multivitamin, but it is just as important. A good probiotic is essential for not just healthy digestive function, but also total wellness. Our gut is home to trillions of good bacteria that aid in digestion, boost our immune system and consume bad bacteria. Making sure we keep them there is critical. As we age, we begin to lose a high quantity of those good bacteria and we can experience digestive failure. Aging isn't the only thing that affects the number of these good guys, antibiotic use and a poor diet can also wipe these guys out and leave you out of balance. It's ultimately up to you to fortify and repopulate your gut with these good bacteria and a daily probiotic is a good way to do that. Finding a good, broad-spectrum probiotic(containing many different types of good bacteria) is a start. Also, as I stated with multivitamins, be sure to refer to the link I attached to find the best companies to purchase from. Since a probiotic is full of many live bacterium, it's important to make sure you store them properly to keep them alive as long as possible. I recommend storing them in a cool place or in the refrigerator. Another reason it's important to chose a higher quality probiotic is because it needs to get past the stomach to do it's job. The better companies formulate the outer casing of the pill to give it the best chance to make it through your stomach acid.
Not only is it great to take a daily probiotic, but you can find natural probiotics in some foods as well. A few examples are live-cultured yogurt, sauerkraut, pickles, kefir and kombucha tea. These are all fairly easy to make yourself and will give you a higher number of good bacteria in each if you prepare them correctly. If they are highly processed and contain high-fructose corn syrup or artificial sweeteners the bacteria won't survive.
So be sure to keep these good bacteria in your stomach and you will find that you will have significantly better digestion as well as a strengthened immune system.
Dr. Andy Johnson