Did you know that your body is largely made up of bacteria? In fact, you carry around between 3 to 5 pounds of bacteria with you!
While some bacteria is bad, many of the bacteria that live inside of you are considered “good” and are referred to as probiotics. They perform a variety of functions inside you.
When it comes to digestive health, they play a large role, being responsible for the breakdown and absorption of nutrients, as well as providing vitamins.
Where do Probiotics Come From?
You obtain this beneficial flora when you are born (vaginally), along with any other microorganisms in the birth canal. They are fed by prebiotic fibers which you can get in large amounts from fruits and vegetables.
You can promote their growth and help to ensure that the bad bacteria don’t take over by eating a healthy diet rich in fiber. You can also take probiotic supplements and eat coconut yogurt with live cultures. Fermented foods such as kimchi and sauerkraut are also an excellent source as is kombucha, a fermented tea.
Benefits of Probiotics
- Boost the immune system
- Promote digestion, especially improving lactose intolerance
- Shorten the duration of rotavirus diarrhea
- Crohn’s disease
- Diarrhea caused by the bacteria C. difficile
- Eczema from dairy allergy
- Candida (yeast) infection
- Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC)
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Probiotics are the #1 supplement I recommend because of the many benefits. If you want to purchase a probiotic, things to look for include:
- Guaranteed live cultures at the time of purchase
- Enteric coating to ensure that the probiotics are not destroyed during digestion
- Billions of microorganisms in each serving
- A variety of strains such as L. acidophilus and B. bifidum
- Dairy free
You can purchase a great probiotic in my Amazon store here.