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Using probiotics to help the digestive system

LaBombard visited an acupuncturist to ease the discomfort of ulcerative colitis, who told her to try Garden of Life Probiotics, the brand created by Rubin.

After a week of using the probiotics, she began to see a difference, including not having to take prednisone anymore.

"I have my life back," she said. "I know I still have the disease and I always will and sometimes it flares up a bit."

"I can't say enough about probiotics," LaBombard added. "I will never go off of them."

According to Rubin, probiotics contain a combination of various natural bacteria.

"A combination of green vegetables that are cultured, what you call organic trace minerals which are found in healthy soil and beneficial microorganisms," he said. "There's beneficial bacteria that are found in plants and soil, there's beneficial bacteria that are found in your body and there's beneficial yeast that are found in food."

When taking probiotic supplements Rubin has found taking products such as Activia may not be enough, as there is other "junk" in it.

"If sugar harms probiotics, and you take a probiotic with sugar in it or artificial sweeteners or chemicals, I believe you can also be doing harm instead of good," he said. "It's not about taking probiotics, it's taking the right probiotic."

Rubin has also found taking probiotics in a pill form best on an empty stomach.

"If you take probiotics with food, it may not be quickly and easily getting to where they need to go," he explained. "You can certainly take primal defense with food, but if you choose to take them on an empty stomach, it's just easier for them to get to your digestive system and implant, where they literally live for a period of days doing their job."

For more information about probiotics, including Rubin's Garden of Life products, visit his Web site at www.jordanrubin.com.

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