How Do Probiotics Help the Body?07/02/2017
Have you been keeping up to date with the latest in nutritional news? If you have, you have probably heard about the many benefits of probiotics! Probiotics are “healthy” bacteria and yeasts that regulate harmful microorganisms and bacteria in the body, contribute to proper immune function and aid in nutrient absorption and digestion.
What Do Probiotics Do?
Many people take probiotics to help out their digestive system. These healthy bacteria help break down the food in our intestines and aid our immune system to keep our body in good health. By taking probiotics, we are replenishing our body’s levels of these healthy bacteria.
Many people find a significant improvement of digestive function when taking probiotics regularly. The intestines contain certain probiotics that break down foods that are hard to digest, such as carbohydrates. These bacteria also encourage the release of enzymes that ferment foods so that they may be more easily and quickly passed through the intestinal tract.
When there is a lack of this bacteria, the body has difficulty breaking down food. Therefore, indigestible food remains in the intestinal tract which can cause blockages, constipation and chronic gas.
People who have chronic digestive issues will also experience chronic fatigue, frequent infections, headaches and skin problems as a result. This, in part, is because 80% of our immune system is regulated in the digestive tract. When the digestive system is not operating properly, our immune system is severely compromised.
By taking probiotics, you can treat a variety of ailments. Some of these ailments are:
– Irritable bowel syndrome
– Acid reflux
– Urinary conditions
– Vaginal yeast infections
– Gum disease
What Kinds of Probiotics Are There?
There are two main types of probiotics, they are lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium.
– Lactobacillus: This strain is found in our digestive tract, and urinary and genital systems. It is also found in yogurt and other fermented foods. This is the most popular strain of probiotics for digestive conditions.
– Bifidobacterium: This strain is found in the intestines. It is usually taken as a supplement to help prevent diarrhea or treat bowel diseases such as ulcerative colitis and pouchitis. It is also used to treat eczema, yeast infections, colds and flus.
Where Can I Find Probiotics?
Probiotics naturally exist in many fermented foods, including yogurt, kimchi and sauerkraut. In addition to probiotic foods, probiotics also come in supplement form and are found at any pharmacy.
How Should I Take Probiotics?
Probiotics should always be taken a half hour prior to eating a meal. It is best to take probiotics with a glass of water to help pass these bacteria along more quickly. By taking probiotics before eating, you are ensuring that the healthy bacteria will be in your gut and ready to break down whatever it is that you are about to eat.
As you can see, probiotics aren’t just for digestive troubles. By supplying your body with these healthy bacteria, you are preventing and treating numerous common ailments. Although probiotics provide a variety of benefits, we encourage you to speak to your doctor before taking any supplements.