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What Are Probiotics And Why Are They Important?
Have you ever heard of probiotics? if not, let me introduce them to you. They are extremely important to your health.
Since we were very small children, we have been trained to think that all bacteria is bad but there is one type of bacteria that is very beneficial to our bodies. They are called probiotics. They are considered non-disease carrying bacteria and yeast that create a healthy environment in our bodies.
What Do Probiotics Do For the Body?
Probiotics live in our intestines and colon and help to maintain the proper balance of bacteria which affects our immune system. If an imbalance happens, then allergies, autoimmune diseases and inflammation in the bowels can set in. Probiotics are so beneficial they can create vitamins in the body where they grow. Vitamin K is the most important of these. But their value goes far beyond adding vitamins.
Probiotics are great for the following ailments:
- Aids the digestion process
- Helps the body to produce more vitamin B
- Helps with the overall calcium absorption in the body
- Prevents and help swhen you have diarrhea
- Inhibits the development of cancer
- Helps detoxify and aid in liver function
- Helps control inflammation such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
There are literally trillions of bacteria that exist in our intestines and when there is an imbalance between good and bad bacteria, it is called dysbiosis. This can be easily treated by introducing a healthy dose of probiotics back into our bodies. tics kill off most of the bacteria (both good and bad) so our bodies are low in good bacteria. Introducing new probiotics into the body can bring back the balance of bacteria in our intestines.
How Can We Introduce Probiotics Into Our Bodies Safely
Probiotics can be introduce one of two ways. By the food we eat and through taking supplements. One food that is a good source of probiotics is yogurt. Just make sure it includes active probiotic cultures on the label. Other good sources of probiotics are kefir (a fermented dairy drink – similar to yogurt) that is rich in healthy probiotic cultures and any cultured food such as miso, kimchi and sauerkraut.
To get probiotics in its simplist form, you will need a water-soluable fiber like that found in oat bran. This fiber intensifies the growth of beneficial fiber in the colon. The colon uses the fiber as food to create an acidic environment which promotes bacteria growth.
What Is The Best Way To Get Your Proboitics?
For most people, they will have to take supplements to get the most help in forming beneficial probiotic bacteria. Supplements should contain at least one billion bacteria per gram and be nutrient rich for these bacteria to thrive. You should look at the number of bacteria strains and the potency of the live bacteria. This will ensure the bacteria can establish themselves in your intestines and be effective. There are many forms of supplements available such as powder, pill, liquid and capsules and some are refrigerated while other can be used at room temperature.
Now that you know what to look for, it should be easy to add probiotics to your diet and take full advatage of what they can do for you.