The importance of your gut health.
You have probably heard of probiotics but might not know what it actually is and what it can do for your health. Probiotics are bacteria with a lot of benefits that live in your gut and it is a very important part of your immune system. A lot of our gut bacteria are established at birth and nourished by our mother’s breast milk. However, our gut bacteria changes as we grow and develop. It is very much affected by our lifestyle, diet, and other things we encounter every day.
That’s why a probiotic-rich diet is beneficial. While it might be easy to get supplements to reap their benefits, you can also get them from fermented foods like yogurt, cultured-drinks, kefir, tempeh, kimchi, traditional buttermilk, pickles, miso, and kombucha. Here are some ways consuming probiotics benefits your health.
Balances Good Bacteria
Probiotics have “good” bacteria that are essentially live microorganisms that provide health benefits when consumed. This is the result of the ability of probiotics to restore the natural balance of gut bacteria. Too many bad bacteria and not enough good bacteria create an imbalance. It can occur from illness, medication like antibiotics, poor diet, and more.
Prevents and Treats Diarrhea
Different types of probiotics can help to prevent diarrhea caused by various symptoms from infections, antibiotics, and types of diarrhea caused by irritable bowel syndrome. Probiotics can help to slow gut motility and restore normal peristalsis when taken daily. It can also be a helpful travel companion as it can also defend against bacteria encountered while traveling.
Speedy Recovery from Illness
Probiotics don’t just reduce the risk of developing infections or disease, it also helps the body to recover from current or previous illnesses. The commonly known Lactobacillus acidophilus encourages natural resistance against some illnesses. It is found in many fermented foods, such as sauerkraut and miso. Food manufacturers also add it to yogurt and other dairy products.
Supports Skin Health
People suffering from acne, psoriasis, or eczema will find some relief in probiotics. Probiotic supplements can help to treat these conditions. Research shows when it comes to skin conditions, probiotics seem to work by reducing inflammation and fighting bacteria or yeasts that cause skin infections.
Help You Lose Weight and Belly Fat
Probiotics may help with weight loss as some strains prevent the absorption of dietary fat in the intestine. The fat is then excreted through feces rather than stored in the body. Another plus point is that it may also help you feel fuller for a longer time, burn more calories, and store less fat. This is partly caused by increasing levels of certain hormones like GLP-1.
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