Probiotics: The Health-Friendly Bugs

Probiotics: The Health-Friendly Bugs

Probiotics: The health-friendly bugs - Types, Sources and Benefits

Probiotics are products that promote the colonization or re-colonization of the gut by bacteria and other microorganisms needed for healthy digestion.

A healthy digestive system is the foundation of overall health. Under certain conditions, an imbalance of the good versus the bad (disease causing) bacteria occurs. This leads to many digestive issues as well as systemic problems that can take a chronic trend.

Probiotics helps to bring back the balance and hence restore health. Probiotic means "for life" as opposed to antibiotics which refers to "against life". While antibiotics kill both good and harmful bacteria in the body, probiotics helps the body to bring back equilibrium in the gut that supports the growth of the good microorganism and therefore helps the body to naturally suppress the bad ones. It is therefore recommended that a probiotic is taken during or immediately after an antibiotic course.

Types of Probiotocs

Probiotic types are named after the beneficial bacteria they supply.

They include:

  • Streptococcus thermophiles
  • Lactobacillus acidophilus and bulgaricus
  • Bifidobacterium bifidum and Bifidobacterium breve
  • Enterobius faecium and more

Sources of Probiotocs

  • From our bodies
  • From certain naturally occurring foods
  • Fermented foods (some)
  • Commercially prepared nutritional supplements

Benefits of Probiotocs

These benefits are observed both locally in the gut and in overall health.

They include:

  • Improved immune system
  • Promotes a balanced inflammatory process in the body
  • Can reduce the incidence of degenerative health disorders
  • Reduces the occurrence or severity of inflammatory gut disorders such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  • Can help in reducing chronic health conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disorders and chronic sinusitis

In view of their many benefits and the vital role they play for a healthy body, it is not a wonder that probiotics are considered together with other recognized super-foods.

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