What Are Probiotics?

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Probiotics are organisms such as bacteria or yeast…”good Bacteria”…and are believed to improve your digestive health. Probiotics are available in supplements and certain foods. The idea of taking live bacteria or yeast may seem strange at first. After all…we take antibiotics to fight bacteria right?!

Your digestive system is home to more than 500 different types of bacteria. They help keep the intestines healthy and assist in digesting food. They are also believed to help boost your immune system. Researchers believe that some digestive disorders happen when the balance of friendly bacteria in the intestines becomes disturbed.  This can happen after an infection or after taking antibiotics. Intestinal problems can also arise when the lining of the intestines is damaged. Taking probiotics may help. There’s also evidence that probiotics help maintain a strong immune system.

When probiotics are abundant in your body, it’s harder for bacteria that cause illness to get a foothold. Here is some info on Probiotics that help can you in so many ways:

Lactobacillus Bulgaricus can be found in many yogurts and soft cheeses. It was discovered by the Bulgarian doctor Stamen Grigorov, hence the name bulgaricus. It helps to convert lactose and other sugars into lactic acid, which may be particularly helpful for those who are lactose intolerant.

Streptococcus Thermophilus has nothing to do with strep throat, which is caused by a completely different bug. These friendly bacteria are also used to make yogurts and cheeses, and they even assist Lactobacillus bulgaricus by making nutrients that assist with growth.

Lactobacillus Acidophilus and Lactobacillus Casei both convert lactose into lactic acid – also helping the lactose intolerant. Research has indicated that L. Acidophilus may also be helpful at reducing cholesterol levels.

Bifidobacteria is a family of bacteria that has been studied for its ability to prevent and treat various gastrointestinal disorders, including infections, irritable bowel syndrome and constipation. In addition to making lactic acid, it also makes some important short-chain fatty acids that are then absorbed and metabolized by the body.

In order to reap the full benefits of taking probiotics, some experts recommend taking probiotic-rich food or a probiotic supplement for a minimum of two weeks. Try it and see if you notice a difference!

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What Are Probiotics?

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