Probiotics are made up of yeast and live bacteria which are beneficial for our health, especially for the digestive system. It is a common belief that bacteria leads to diseases – this certainly doesn’t mean this is true though.
Fact is, our bodies are filled with bacteria – both bad and good.
Probiotics are the helpful or good bacteria that enhance your gut health.
This bacterium is usually found in our body but also in certain supplements and foods.
Probiotics benefit your body as they:
- Replace all the good bacteria you lose in your body.
- Decrease the number of bad bacteria in your body which can lead to infections and other health related problems
- Balance the bad and good bacteria in your body to ensure it keeps working properly.
- Oral health
- Colds and allergies
- Vaginal and urinary problems
- Eczema and other skin conditions.
Types of Probiotics
There are numerous kinds of bacteria that can be categorized as probiotics.
All of them have their own set of advantages.
Generally, probiotics are segmented in two groups:
Lactobacillus – These are the most common type of probiotics and are usually found in yogurt and most fermented foods. Different strains can assist in preventing and treating diarrhea and might aid individuals who are unable to digest lactose.
Bifidobacterium – This type of probiotics can be found in certain dairy products. These can assist in easing the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.
How Do Probiotics Benefit Gut Health?
Probiotics assist in moving the food through the gut. Although more research is needed to determine which probiotics are best for some health problems but this bacteria is helpful in preventing and treating the following gut problems:
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Those suffering from irritable bowel syndrome might experience constipation, diarrhea, or both. Probiotics can assist these individuals by easing bloating and regulating bowel movements.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
Probiotics can help individuals who undergo ulcerative colitis surgery in which majority of their colon is removed, which results in the lining getting inflamed and irritated in some cases. This is known as pouchitis. Numerous studies have indicated that probiotics helps in preventing this. They can also aid in preventing ulcerative colitis.
It has been found that probiotics can aid in shortening diarrhea attacks in kids.
In certain cases, diarrhea can be triggered after taking antibiotics. This happens because the drugs kill off the good bacteria while targeting the bad ones.
This can be prevented by probiotics in both children and adults.
There are several studies which indicate that probiotics can help in preventing non-stomach related health issues as well.
Some of the other problems that might be prevented through probiotics include:
Probiotics undoubtedly play a vital part in the development of your gut immune system, food digestion, and production of essential vitamins and fatty acids.
They work by enhancing the defense actions of cells lining your gut.
What We Do
Currently, we make our own Kefir and Kombucha plus eat fermented cabbage to get in our probiotics.
If we’ve had the rare round of antibiotics I make sure to add a probiotic supplement to our routine.