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You’ve heard that probiotics are very important for health and that there are more types of them?! How much do we know about them? How are they used and where do they come from? What are the benefits? Learn!
Bacteria are usually not something we want in our body because we know they cause various inflammations and infections. But before we make such a conclusion, we must know that even those are good and bad.
The fact is that we do not live in the sterile environment and that we have been exposed to bacteria non-stop from our first day. Unlike those bad ones with whom we do not live in love, some are simply part of us. Without them, we simply can not exist!
You already know, in order to have a good health, your body needs to be in balance. So there should be a balance when the bacteria are in question too.
If those bad bacteria overwhelm good ones, our health starts to deteriorate. Probiotics are used to create and maintain that balance!
What is probiotic and what is its role?
Probiotic is the common name for live bacteria and yeasts that are good for our health.
There are over 2000 types of bacteria with which we are accustomed living in a kind of symbiosis. They can be found in our digestive system and on the skin.
Why is this important?
If you do not have enough probiotics in your body, you may experience digestive disorders, candida, skin problems, a decrease in immunity and a tendency to frequent colds and flu. Oooo, man… every time I remember mucus and sore throat I get goosebumps. Red nose and tissues… said ones, of course! 🙂
Probiotics are the most important for the good functioning of the digestive system, but indirectly it also affects other segments of our health. They primarily help food passing through your intestines and medicines that need to be addressed if you are suffering from diarrhea, which can is caused by excessive use of antibiotics that have disrupted the intestinal microflora.
Probiotics are working favourably for our gut in case of irritable bowel syndrome and inflammation of the bowel, which is directly related to the digestive tract.
But that’s not all. Numerous studies have been carried out on this topic and probiotics are considered to play the vital role in these conditions:
Urinary Health – Experience says that probiotics can prevent bad bacteria from spreading here
Female health – and here is a very important balance, both hormones and living cultures. Vaginal infections are precisely the cause of the lack of that balance in which bad bacteria or candida are dominant. Introducing probiotics can be a useful measure of treatment and prevention.
Immunity – By maintaining a good digestive system health and its normal functioning, you maintain and strengthen the immune system. Probiotics stimulate the secretion of immunoglobulin A and the formation of T cells.
Obesity – A 2006 survey showed that people who are obese have a different microflora in the intestines from people with normal weight – have more bad bacteria. A bigger number of probiotics can help to maintain your body weight.
Taking probiotics is a great way to stimulate your immunity naturally, and you should not neglect the power of some other natural treatments either.
Is it really possible that probiotics are so important?
Listen, only in our small intestine, there are over one million nerve cells. Did you at least once felt the butterflies in your stomach or loss of appetite because of something that happened to you on an emotional basis? And you know what? For all of this, the enteric nervous system is in charge. It contains a number of chemicals, hormones and neurotransmitters found in the brain. It is an autonomic nervous system that can function even when the central nervous system does not work. Bacteria and microflora are very important for the smooth functioning of this system. And indirectly, they affect all these innumerable segments of health.
Some scientists believe that 80% of our immune system is in the intestines.
Today, there are many toxins that disturb our digestive system. There is also a lack of some vitamins and minerals, excess cholesterol and triglycerides, and a number of diseases.
This is an additional reason to take care of what you eat. This is not just a matter of aesthetics and excess pounds, but also the issue of health in general.
What kills good bacteria?
What does the balance in the intestines mean?
The ratio of 85% is good compared to 15% of bad bacteria. If this relationship is disturbed, major or minor discomforts occur. The disbalance and disorder of the intestinal microflora come from the lack of probiotics, and what destroys them are the following factors, ( if used in excessive amounts).
- hard water full of fluorine and chlorine
- various chemicals and medicine
- artificial food coloring
- antidepressants and sleeping pills
As you can see, there is always a chance that you will need probiotics! They are very important and you shouldn’t take this for granted. They are responsible for producing vitamin B12, vitamin K2, creating enzymes that destroy bad bacteria and fungi.
Which are the best probiotics?
There is a large number of probiotics or live bacteria with beneficial properties for human health and immunity. Each of these types of bacteria has its own subtypes, and each has its own role.
These are the most important:
These probiotics are commonly found in food, whether it is a yogurt or a fermented food. There are over 50 kinds of lactobacillus, and you will most often find the following:
Lactobacillus acidophilus is the most prominent species of probiotics. They are responsible for digestion, absorption of nutrients, strengthening of immunity, to relieve cramps in the stomach, gases, inflammation and diarrhea.
Lactobacillus fermentum is a bacteria responsible for detoxification.
Lactobacillus plantarum is a probiotic capable of producing a hydrogen peroxide, a compound that our organism uses to fight the microorganisms that are fed with food. It also supports healthy immunity in adults
Lactobacillus rhamnosus is a bacteria capable of surviving in inaccessible places. It is an excellent ally when you are overpowered by a bad bacteria especially regarding women’s health.
Lactobacillus salivarius is a bacteria capable of surviving in bad conditions and is located in the mouth and throat, sinuses, and intestines. This probiotic has a beneficial effect on a oral health.
Lactobacillus paracasei is a bacteria that is located in the small intestine and is particularly responsible for improving liver function.
A large number of these probiotics are found in our colon. Thanks to their actions, we absorb more vitamins and minerals from food. They also create an acidic environment in which pathogenic bacteria can not survive. They are responsible for the production of vitamin B complex and vitamin K. They facilitate the absorption of minerals such as iron, magnesium, calcium, copper, zinc.
Bifidobacterium bifidum is the first bacteria that helps in decomposing complex carbohydrates. It is good for a digestion, mineral suppression and for alleviating the symptoms of travel diarrhea.
Bifidobacterium longum is a probiotic that is most prevalent in the gastrointestinal tract. It dissolves carbohydrates and neutralizes toxins. Useful for detoxification and strengthening of immunity.
Bifidobacterium infantis is a type of probiotic that reduces tension and problems with constipation.
Natural probiotics and how to reach them?
As you can see, natural probiotics are already part of us, and if you follow some steps and make the effort to keep their number up, you will gain more immunity to cope with all kinds of diseases.
If your goal is to increase probiotics naturally, then you should include more natural food in your diet. But, what do probiotics eat? Fermenting fibres called prebiotics. So, in order that existing probiotics survive all attacks from the bad bacterias, you should eat foods rich in fibres. Proposal? Fresh fruits, dark chocolate, vegetables, milk products such as: yogurt, kefir, soured milk, buttermilk, cheeses… etc.
The same applies to almonds, apple juice, Kimchi, Miso (Japanese seasoning), Kombucha, Nato (a fermented soybean product), pickles, sauerkraut… Not only do they contain probiotics but also certain acids that create an environment suitable for the growth and development of probiotics.
They are fed with oligosaccharides that can be obtained from natural sources: banana, barley, soy, bean, onions, honey, natural milk products.
Kefir is a dairy product similar to yogurt obtained by fermentation of milk. For this fermentation process, you need a legitimate kefir mushroom (bean kefir). Put it into 2 dl of milk and let it stay for 24 hours. By then, the new propagation is being made with the help of milk lactose. Filtrate it and drink the fresh kefir. It is believed to contain up to 50 types of probiotics.
You probably consume this kind of probiotics often and not knowing how useful and good for health they really are. It mainly contains Lactobacillus bulgaricus, L. acidophilus, and Bifidobacterium bifidum. Here is especially at price yogurt which was made from goat’s milk, although you will not go wrong if you buy one that is made from cow’s milk. Look for those that are indicated with live probiotic cultures and are labelled as probiotic yogurts, because they have more useful bacteria than ordinary yogurt. Today, there is a large selection of dairy products and yogurts in many countries, but they are not all of the best quality. Keep your options and eyes open.
A beverage which is often mixed with beer, but the only similarity is the color and packaging. Yeast is a beverage obtained by fermenting barley and rye. By boiling, a small percentage of alcohol is being produced – up to 2%. Easy with this one before driving!
Sour cabbage is the richest in lactobacilli, while other types of probiotics have less. However, what makes it special is the organic acid that creates conditions for probiotic growth, high vitamin C content, and a multitude of digestive enzymes.
Kombucha or tea mushroom is obtained by fermenting tea. A special fungus is used for fermentation, which is actually a colony of bacteria and yeasts. This natural probiotic originally comes from the Far East.
Apple’s vinegar is not really a probiotic, but it’s very helpful for probiotics to survive. It is very important here that you have right, raw, unprocessed and unfiltered apple vinegar – which contains pectin. It promotes healthy digestion and propagation of probiotics.
This simple and inexpensive beverage is excellent for health. It is useful to drink whey because it is an excellent probiotic and its ingredients can contribute to the development and reproduction of good bacteria in your body, which is just another way to get a battle against bad bacteria.
In addition to daily consumption of food which contains probiotics, you can use capsules or powder from pharmacies.
Which probiotics can you drink with antibiotics?
Although these tablets are not harmful to your liver, you need to keep in mind what kind do you need. Almost any will fix the condition of your gastrointestinal tract and be of use for the stomach. However, keep in mind that the best way is natural way, and taking of food rich in probiotics, on a daily basis.
Probiotics are most often recommended if you are prescribed some medicines, especially antibiotics. They have their role in destroying bad bacteria, but they have the disadvantage because they kill a good number of probiotics too, as collateral damage.
If you decide for probiotics that can be found in food, avoid kefir and yogurt because dairy products and antibiotics are not a good combination. They bind to calcium and absorption of the drug is difficult.
Antibiotics and their excessive use often result in the development of fungi, and in particular candida. In addition, it disturbs the stomach and causes stomach problems and diarrhea.
If you are wondering which probiotics to drink with the antibiotic, the recommendation is Saccharomyces boulardii that prevents the spread of candida and Lactobacillus rhamnosus which relieves stomach problems. You can take any other, but it will be less effective.
Here, it is very important to make a gap of 2 hours between taking probiotics and antibiotics so that the liver does not suffer and to keep all good bacterias. Additionally, it is important that you continue to drink probiotics 7 days after antibiotics.
Probiotics aren’t generally harmful. Basically, if the balance in your gut is fine, they are not necessary for you and won’t do you any miracles. For the treatment of influenza, and immunity it may be more beneficial for you to drink syrup.
It’s important, however, to keep in mind what problem you want to solve with probiotics. Is it a digestion? Or is it urinary health?
You see, there is a huge range of different probiotic supplements, and you need to choose the kind that would be beneficial to your health and the specific problem that you have. However, it is best to do a medical examination before.
If you take probiotic via tablets, capsules or powder, please use the instructions.
Forget Prozac and other antidepressants, try probiotics in sauerkraut and discover a new, cheerful side of health and taste.
In addition to protecting digestion and strengthening immunity, probiotics (according to the recent studies), are also effective in helping the body to fight depression, anxiety and fear.
Research conducted by scientists at the University of Toronto, shows improvement in about 40 patients that had chronic fatigue.
They took probiotics for two months and, with better digestion, discovered that the symptoms of anxiety, depression, and other symptoms that had been fought for years had diminished.
The other group receiving placebo has not shown any change in the initial state.
Good bacteria raise mood
Recent research has begun to reveal the connection between intestinal microorganisms and chronic digestive diseases. Although the relationship has not yet been fully understood, one study showed that patients with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) had an improvement in symptoms (abdominal pain, flatulence, and constipation) after taking probiotics.
The use of probiotics in patients with inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis is controversial. The evidence is anecdotal in most cases (based on personal reports, not facts and research), however, there have been some promising results with probiotics that contain several very specific strains of bacteria.
If you suffer from any of the above diseases, it is best to talk to your doctor before trying to use probiotics to relieve symptoms. He will give you advice based on your specific situation and stage of the disease.
Probiotics and vaginal health
Like the digestive tract, the vagina has its own complex set of fungi and bacteria that work to maintain a balanced environment. If you have ever suffered from a vaginal fungal infection, then you know how much the microbiological imbalance can have!
Probiotics can help reduce the frequency or severity of the vaginal fungal infection, which is often caused by the excessive presence of Candida albicans. One such strain of bacteria is Lactobacillus acidophilus, which is often found in kefir. As in the intestines, probiotics can help maintain an appropriate level of good bacteria in the vagina to prevent infection and provide optimum health of the vagina.
Probiotics and skin diseases
Another potential benefit for health provided by kefir is the improvement of skin condition. Probiotics are praised for their ability to act as an additional treatment for eczema, acne, rosacea, and signs of aging. Probiotics used internally (introduced into the body) or topically (applied to the skin) can help with these problems.
And finally let’s say this:
The probiotic word springs from the prefix “pro”, which signifies the “biotic” enhancement and continuation of the term “life”. By all means, even by name, it’s better to consume, not to overcome them!
Then you can expect:
- stronger immunity
- better mood
- more energy
- less flu and colds
- healthier skin
- fresh breath
- and in some cases weight loss
Good enough to start paying more attention to food. For starters, it’s good enough to start with probiotics in your food. By using them regularly, you will be pleasantly surprised!