Boost your immune system with the benefits of probiotics 

It's your first line of defense against illness -- the part of your body designed to fight off infections before you even realize you've been exposed, and heal you if you do get sick.

And if you're healthy right now, take a moment to thank your immune system (and our Creator).

Clearly, it's doing its job.

But it can't do it alone. You can pitch in and help by giving it what it needs to make sure you stay healthy with one simple trick I'm about to reveal. And if you're sick, or just prone to illness, this same tip can help turn your luck around and restore you to health.

All you have to do is add a probiotic supplement to your daily routine and you'll start to see the benefits of probiotics at work.

If you're a longtime reader or a patient at my clinic here in Southern California, you already know plenty about the immune-boosting powers of these gut-friendly bacteria.

Now, new research confirms just what I've been telling you: Arming your stomach with probiotic supplements can enhance your immune system, especially if you're a little on the older side.

In just three weeks, supplements of the probiotic bacteria Bifidobacterium lactis can boost the activity of two very critical immune system cells known as monocytes and granulocytes.

These types of white blood cells are both phagocytes, a word with Greek origins that means "to devour." In plain English, it means these cells "devour" the invading cells that are trying to make you sick.

Inside your body, there aren't many jobs as important as that.

The study focused on seniors, but I've seen plenty of others that show how health benefits probiotics can boost immune system function across all age groups, helping to prevent and fight everything from powerful and potentially deadly superbug infections to the common cold.

If I have a complaint with the newest study, it's that it focused only on that single probiotic strain, B. lactis.

It's an excellent strain -- one I recommend myself -- but the true key to probiotic support, gut health, good digestion and immune system function is in getting more than just a single strain of good bacteria.

You need a wide range of them and in high amounts -- so when shopping around for a probiotic supplement, look for something that includes B. lactis as well as several other proven human-tested strains such as Bifidobacterium longum and Lactobacillus rhamnosus.

I had more to share with you on probiotics and what to look for in the May 2012 edition of my Health Revelations newsletter. Subscribers, use the password in this month's issue to login online and read it for free.

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