When you think of bacteria you may think of only the bacteria that will make us sick or cause infection. There are also good guys in the bacteria world and they help us in many ways!
Much attention has been given to probiotics lately and more studies has been done linking them to many health benefits.
0.40 min What are Probiotics?
2.52 min Where to find Probiotics?
6.00 min Probiotics as a supplement
8.00 min Building up probiotics after taking an antibiotics
10.30 min Strains of Bacteria
17.00 min How to take Antibiotics?
18.40 min Prebiotics vs Probiotics
What is Probiotics?
Probiotics are basically bacteria or microorganisms that lives in your body, especially in the digestive system, that’s good for you.
They are the “Good” bacteria that helps us in numerous ways from making vitamins in your colon to flushing out the “Bad” bacteria out of your system.
These good bacteria are found in your body but can also be boosted by eating foods, such as yogurt or kefir, or taking a probiotic supplement.
Benefits of Probiotics
There are over 500 different species in the gut and studies are increasing to help identify the roles each of them play in the colon.
Certain species of bacteria may have their own specific benefit. A more common probiotic will be a strain of Lactobacillus that can be found in yogurt and can be consumed to help with gut health.
Probiotics have been shown to help with digestion, especially in relieving constipation and prevention from infection diarrhoea.
How to take probiotics
As mentioned, probiotics can be in fermented foods and also in supplement form. They are measured as CFUs or colony-forming units, and usually higher dosage has been proven effective.
Taking a supplement that carries a variety of bacteria strains in amounts higher than 2 billion CFUs can be effective.
Side effects of taking too much probiotics
Some people may experience gas and bloating from taking too much probiotics, however reducing the dosage or trying a different brand of supplement may fix it.
Some people’s gut may be more sensitive than others and some may benefit from just a serving of yogurt per day as opposed to taking a supplement.
What foods to eat with probiotics?
There are plenty of food source for probiotics without spending money for the pill/powder form. Fermented foods will carry a lot of probiotics such as yogurt, sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha, or tempeh.
With the many benefits probiotics bring to your health, make sure to eat a variety of foods to get the complete vitamins and minerals and probiotics!