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Why Probiotics are Important in Your Life

What are probiotics? Probiotics are merely live bacteria and yeasts that offer health benefits to your digestive system. Often we think of all bacteria as being evil and causing sicknesses, but these bacteria are helpful in preventing some digestive issues. The most obvious place people have heard of probiotics is from eating yogurt. While this is true, unless you are making your own yogurt at home, the benefits you are receiving from yogurt from the supermarket are close to zero as pasteurization kills off most of the good bacteria.

Your Body Does have Good bacteria.

Your body does have these healthy bacteria in the system, but sometimes they can be killed off such as after using antibiotics to kill an infection. Use of probiotics can bring back the balance in your system. Having an imbalance of good and bad microorganisms in your system can possibly be related to such intestinal problems such as IBS or irritable bowel syndrome, gluten intolerances such as celiac’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and Chron’s disease. Restoring the balance of good and bad bacteria can help restore health to your digestive system.

Different Types of Probiotics.

Lactobacillus. Lactobacillus is naturally found in the system and also comes from foods that are fermented such as yogurt. Lactobacillus acidophilus is one strain that people hear about when referring to yogurt. As mentioned before the best source of this would be home-made yogurt. It may help with lactose intolerance, skin disorders, and diarrhea.

Bifidobacteria. Bifidobacteria are the bacteria that are most populous in the colon and may help with IBS and digestive disorders.

There are also several lesser know variations that are naturally occurring in the intestinal system. One of these, Saccharomyces boulardii is the only yeast and may be helpful in restoring balance after antibiotics.

Foods With Probiotics.

Everyone has heard that you can obtain probiotics from yogurt, especially home-made yogurt, but there are other foods that allow you to receive probiotics as well. Kefir is a milk type substance with substantial amounts of probiotic bacteria and yeast. Kefir can also be made at home. Kimchi is a fermented vegetable dish that also offers probiotics to your diet. Sweet acidophilus milk has probiotics added to it as well.

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