Good Bacteria, Bad Bacteria, and Probiotics. What’s It All About?




What is a Probiotic? What will they do for my health?

Probiotics is a Greek word that means promoting life. They are considered live microorganisms and when taken correctly will provide health benefits. Most of the microorganisms are live bacteria, and when people hear the word bacteria their first thought is that it is bad bacteria.  But that is not the case. In fact, to maintain optimal health, our bodies need a balance between good and bad bacteria within our digestive tract. Every one of us has more than 1,000 different types of bacteria roaming around in our digestive tracts waiting to break down the food we eat every day.

Are you experiencing any of the following health issues or symptoms?

•    Diarrhea

•    chronic fatigue syndrome

•    Muscle pain

•    Gluten Intolerance

•    Leaky gut

•    Irritable bowel syndrome

•    Crohn’s disease

•    Frequent indigestion

•    Eczema

•    Atopic dermatitis

•    Weight gain

•    Acne

Research shows that there are about 170 diseases that can be helped or treated by introducing probiotics into your system.

There are foods that naturally contain probiotics to assist in healing your health issues, however, for most people that is not enough or they choose not to include them in their diet. For others, it is just easier to take a probiotic supplement, which is shown to give great results.  Each of these foods should also be unpasteurized to receive the full probiotic richness they offer. When the pasteurizing process occurs, it destroys the natural probiotics in the food and will not give health benefits.

Here are a few to help you understand probiotics.

•    Sauerkraut

•    Plain unflavored and unsweetened yogurt

•    Miso

•    Tempeh (fermented soy)

•    Pickles

•    Kombucha Tea

•    Fermented Vegetables (cabbage, eggplant, onions, cucumbers, squash, carrots, and turnips)

When it comes to the probiotic supplements, there are other questions like, how many billions of microorganisms should each capsule contain? Is it better to purchase the refrigerated brands better?

According to research, each capsule should contain at least 20 to 30 billion live microorganisms to offer beneficial properties to the body. With sophisticated technology these days most companies feel their probiotics do not need to be refrigerated, however if that makes you feel more comfortable feel free to do so. Many experts will say that no one single probiotic supplement will work for everyone and every health issue.  So, if one brand is not helping your health issues be open to trying another one.

You can stay on top of new research as it becomes available as well as asking questions at your local natural food market such as Whole Foods. This will assist you in choosing the right probiotic for your specific health concerns, which will give you optimal health.

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