November 21 2017
When you hear the word bacteria you usually think of something that causes diseases, the truth is that our bodies are full of both good and bad bacteria. The good “helpful” bacteria that we have inside us are probiotics. Probiotics are live bacteria that are considered beneficial for your body’s functioning and your health. Many probiotics are similar to bacteria that are naturally living in your body and that we consume in our diets in foods such as yogurt, cheese and fermented/pickled foods. Taking probiotic supplements can help in a variety of conditions such as abdominal pain, infections, and even allergies. They also help to fight against and prevent pathogenic bacteria and reduce digestive upsets. These are not to be confused with prebiotics which are the nutrients that feed the healthy bacteria in one’s body.
There are many situations which could cause a lack of probiotics in your body where you would need to replace them either through food or supplements. Antibiotics are designed to kill bacteria in the body, and they do not discriminate between the bad and the good. So if you have ever had to take antibiotics, consider taking a probiotic to reintroduce the healthy flora back into the body. If you recently have had food poisoning or have eaten something that just didn’t sit right with you, there is a good chance that some bad bacteria have made a home in your body. Taking a probiotic will fight off any unwanted bacteria and get your digestion and bowel movements back to normal. Another indicator that you would be in need of probiotics is if you get recurring yeast infections or candida which means that there is an overgrowth of bad bacteria in the body. As we become increasingly aware of our own health, we feel a need to maintain a certain amount of balance and strength and probiotics are essential for this. Not all bacteria is bad, in fact a fair amount of it keeps us very healthy and prevent a lot of illnesses, it’s just a matter of keeping our bodies healthy enough to host them properly.