The Benefits of Probiotics
When speaking of bacteria most people think of those microorganisms as of something bad. Indeed, bacteria carry many diseases but in reality, there are also strains that are actually beneficial to our health. That is why researchers dub them probiotics. Good bacteria is of crucial importance the well-being of our guts and therefore our immune systems.
Usually, they keep the flora balance in our guts thus allowing intestines to absorb the nutrients within the food. The digestive system relies heavily on probiotics and since our immune systems are dependent on the guts it turns out those small bacteria are keeping us alive and kicking. We intake probiotics with the meals we eat but unfortunately, nowadays this task is more challenging than ever. Even if you eat lots of yogurt and fresh food it is likely the number of probiotics in there is insufficient. This is because the food we have access to is often processed or treated with chemicals during its production. Chemicals that are used against bad bacteria and viruses kill good germs as well.
Not to mention our eating habits are not in favor of probiotics. We often destroy their population when consuming alcohol, sugar, GMO foods, taking antibiotics and medications or smoking. Other factors that contribute to the poor intestine flora include poor sleeping habits, lack of exercise and emotional stress. Fortunately, food supplements are a great and easy way to fix that.
What are the benefits of probiotics?
Good bacteria keeps our digestive systems smoothly running. Often the small population of good bacteria causes diarrhea and inflammatory bowel diseases like ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. In addition, probiotics decrease one’s resistance to antibiotics while boosting immunity. Researchers also suggest that probiotics positively affect the skin. Since there is a connection between gut bacteria and acne development scientists claim probiotics prevent its development. Furthermore, it turns out that good gut germs can actually lower blood pressure by regulating the levels of cholesterol, triglycerides, and renin.
Probiotics also reduce insulin resistance, meaning they are commonly used in diabetes treatment. They also suppress the autoimmune response present in diabetes.
Thankfully, keeping the germ balance in your gut is easy. You just have to add some sour food to your diet like apple cider vinegar or fermented vegetables. If you are not into sour, then you might want to go for yogurt or kefir. In case, you are not a fan of milk products then you can just feed the germs that are already in your intestines. How? Stick to fiber-rich foods like chia and flaxseeds. Good bacteria need fibers to grow and reproduce. And last but least, if you really, really don’t like probiotic-rich foods like kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi, coconut kefir, natto, yogurt, kvass, miso, kombucha or raw dairy you can just take food supplements. As simple as that.