Benefits Of Probiotics
We have more bacterial cells in our gut than we have cells in our entire body. These help our immune system and are essential to our health and well-being. They can reduce your risk of being infected by disease, and also play a major role in the digestion of food. Yes, the benefits of probiotics are many.
When most of us hear the word “bacteria” we generally think of infections or disease, but there are both types, good and bad bacteria dwelling inside our entire intestinal tract and our good digestive health depends on us having plenty of the good kind.
Since the advent of probiotic supplements and taking them in yogurt, the term is usually associated with a food or supplement that can strengthen the intestinal flora. Keep in mind that there already is this type of bacteria living in the intestines whether you take a supplement or not. In fact, it is believed that there are between 400 and 500 types of bacteria inside the gut.
Things that destroy the good bacteria
Certain things are real enemies of the intestinal flora and work to eliminate them, when this happens on a big scale our immune system jeopardized and puts us in greater risk of illness and disease.
Antibiotics – these drugs are made to kill off all bacteria in the body, good and bad.
Antacid medication – these neutralize stomach acids allowing bacteria to pass through.
Laxatives – continued use of these can make the natural moving action (peristaltic) of the intestines that move food along grow lazy and stop working.
Diet – too many cheap and processed carbohydrate food products can pile up undigested and clog up the colon.
Good bacteria (probiotics) keep harmful bacteria in check
Most of the friendly bacteria are either members of the Lactobacillus family or the bifidobacterium family. You can get these by eating fermented foods and drinks; yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut or any other foods that have been fermented.
Benefits of probiotics
1. A huge benefit of probiotics is that they can strengthen the immune system which protects us from infections and disease.
2. They increase production of essential vitamins and minerals which makes our digestive system absorb more nutrients from the food we eat.
3. Several studies suggest that certain probiotics may help Crohn’s disease and irritable bowel syndrome.
4. Reduce the recurrence of bladder cancer
5. Prevent and treat Candida or vaginal yeast infections
6. Relief for constipation
You don’t need to take probiotic supplements to get more good bacteria in your body, you can eat fermented yogurt and other foods, but the most important thing to know is whether you supplement your probiotic intake or not, they aren’t self-supportive which means they require nutrients to grow.
Prebiotics provide these nutrients
An important discovery medical science has made is that when prebiotic fiber enters the large intestine they start a fermentation process which sparks off certain nutrients such as short chain fatty acids. These are what feeds the probiotic bacteria allowing them to grow in numbers and at the same time creates an acidic environment that is bad for the harmful bacteria.
Probiotics In Yogurt – Ever since it was discovered that probiotics are good for the digestive system this supplement industry went crazy…