You have probably been hearing a lot about probiotics recently. With recent studies showing that good gut health is key to overall health, probiotics are more popular than ever. Probiotics are microorganisms believed to play very important roles in regulating proper intestinal function and digestion – by balancing intestinal micro flora. These ‘good bacteria’ are considered to be live microorganisms which offer multiple health benefits not only to your gut but to your entire body.
The bacteria and yeast in probiotic products are well-studied strains that have been specially prepared to survive the journey through the stomach into the intestines where they can grow. Your body is full of bacteria both good and bad. Probiotics help move food through your gut and promote overall health. Probiotics do best when they have a good amount of prebiotics to feed from. These good fibers are found in a wide range of prebiotic foods like bananas, tomatoes, and onions.
Probiotics can positively impact your health. While most probiotics are bacteria, there are also strains of yeast that benefit your body. You can find probiotics in many food products, including fermented dairy and soy products. They are abundant in products like kimchi and sauerkraut. Capsules, liquids, pills, and chewables are some of the top kinds of probiotic supplements. There are many different strains of probiotics, but the most common strains available today in are Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium.
In general probiotic foods and supplements are considered safe. Medical studies are still completely inconclusive but many conditions they treat with probiotics include irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, infectious diarrhea, and anti-biotic related diarrhea. If you are considering taking probiotic supplements for any of these things, you should first consult your medical physician, and find out what might work best for you.