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What Everyone Ought to Know About Probiotics.

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Probiotics

 

What are Probiotics?

Probiotics are “live microorganisms, that when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host.

What are the health benefits?

Probiotics are used for multiple different types of digestive problems but since there are many different kinds of probiotics not all will have the benefit that you are looking for as it relates to your health. Possible beneficial effects of probiotics include:

Absorbing and/or destroying toxins released by certain “bad” bacteria that can make you sick.

Producing substances that prevent infection.

Preventing harmful bacteria from attaching to the gut wall and growing there.

Boosting your immune system.

Sending signals to your cells to strengthen the mucus in your intestine, which helps it act as a barrier against infection.

Production of B vitamins. Vitamin B is important in maintaining healthy skin, a healthy nervous system and preventing anemia

Decrease gas production and bloating In IBD, there is evidence that an abnormal bacterial balance in the intestine may trigger the immune system leading to inflammation in the small intestine and colon.

List of probiotic foods –

Yogurt, Kefir, Tempeh, Kombucha, Miso, Kimchi, Sauerkraut, Fermented Vegetables, Some Cheeses, and some Chocolates now have added probiotics 🙂

How to choose a probiotic if you don’t eat any of the foods listed above.

Read the label.

Call the manufacturer.

Be careful of claims on the internet.

Look for probiotics from well established companies and companies you know.

To find out more – check out these websites

http://www.med.unc.edu/gi/faculty-staff-website/patient-education/patient-education/10Diii2i3.ProbioticsRegular.pdf

http://www.health.harvard.edu/alternative-and-complementary-medicine/the-benefits-of-probiotics

 

 

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