Probiotics and Why they are Beneficial for your Gut
What are Probiotics?
Probiotics are live microorganisms that enhance the health promoting microbial flora in the intestine. They are vital for a healthy immune system, protect against disease causing microorganisms, and aid in both digestion and absorption of food and nutrients.
What are the benefits of taking probiotics?
Antibiotics, disease causing bacteria, fungi or parasites may suppress a healthy balance of microflora in the intestine providing an ideal environment for overgrowth of yeast, bacteria or harmful substances.
When antibiotics are used to treat infection, the number of healthy bacteria significantly decreases which can often result in diarrhea. Probiotics replenish the beneficial bacteria restoring normal bowel regularity.These powerful microorganisms help digest dairy products due to their high enzyme activity, help eliminate candidiasis, treat diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome and improve overall state of the colon. Probiotics enhance mineral absorption, breaks down cholesterol, aids the liver to complete detoxification, and control inflammation.
How to take probiotics
Probiotics are unable to plant themselves long term in the colon and are excreted frequently; therefore, it is recommended to consume daily. Probiotics are found in fermented foods like yogurt, raw apple cider vinegar, pickled vegetables, miso, kefir, kombucha, kimchi, sourdough and raw sauerkraut.Natural food stores stock probiotics in refrigerators since they are living bacteria a cold environment extends their shelf life.
Overgrowth or infection of a parasitic yeast-like fungus found in the intestines, mucus membranes, genital tract, mouth, throat, skin or nails. Increase use of antibiotics prescribed by medical doctors destroy friendly bacteria that creates a friendly environment for yeast to multiply. Yeast can turn fungal which can wander into the blood stream, affect functions of organs and lead to histamine secretion resulting in allergies, brain fog, fatigue, and in serious cases, neurological problems.
Candida thrives on undigested sugar and carbs, eliminating these foods from the diet accompanied with natural supplements: garlic and caprylic acid to kill the fungus, aloe vera to heal the gut lining and acidophilus (a strain of probiotics) to rebuild the beneficial intestinal flora.
There is growing scientific evidence supports the concept that the maintenance of healthy gut microflora may provide protection against gastroin- testinal (GI) disorders including GI infections and inflammatory bowel disease.Probiotics play a role in conception and pregnancy health. Probiotic lactobacilli contain properties unfavourable to pathogens, which benefit the hosts immune system. These organisms are associated with conception, reducing the risk of infection, as well as potentially lowering the risk of a number of complications of pregnancy that otherwise lead to maternal and infant mortality and morbidityResearchers who studied rats concluded that probiotics reverse deteriorated brain function in cognitive performance trials. These considerations imply that the optimal function of the microbiome–gut–brain connection is a necessity in behavioral and electrophysiological aspects of the brain’s responsiveness.
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