Probiotics for a Healthier You

Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that actually live in your digestive system and are good for you.  These bacteria are know as “good” bacteria because they keep your gut healthy and a healthy gut translates to a healthier you.

Benefits of Probiotics

Digestive Health

Probiotics are very important to your digestive health.  Probiotics can help prevent or ease the symptoms of:

  • Irritable bowel syndrome,
  • abdominal pain,
  • bloating,
  • diarrhea,
  • constipation.

Probiotics aid in digestion, speeding up the digestive process and helping your body better absorb nutrients.

 

Allergies

Studies have shown that probiotics can help prevent allergies to milk and the eczema that goes along with milk allergies

Immune System

Probiotics provide a beneficial boost to the immune system.

 

Urinary Health

Studies have shown that another benefit of probiotics is that probiotics help prevent urinary tract infections.

 

Weight Loss & Obesity

Some research has shown that a healthy gut flora plays a strong role in weight management.  In fact, a study of post-partum women who were trying to lose abdominal fat showed that the addition of lactobacillus and bifidobacterium capsules helped reduce waist circumference.

Mood

 

Sleep

Stress

Fatigue

Teeth

SAD

 

 

How Do I get Probiotics into my Gut?

To start with, you can eat foods that contain healthy bacteria.  Second, avoid taking unnecessary antibiotics, since these will kill off your healthy gut bacteria along with the harmful infection-causing bacteria.

Some unpasteurized food such as the following can provide you with healthy probiotic bacteria:

  • Kefir
  • Yogurt
  • Kimchi
  • Kombucha
  • Miso
  • Sauerkraut
  • Pickles

These foods are basically any cultured foods, or fermented foods.  The cultured foods such as yogurt, must contain active, live cultures.

You can take a probiotic supplement:

 

This article is for informational use only. It is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. Please consult a qualified physician before using the information contained within this article.