The word probiotic hails from the Greek words pro, and biotic. Promoting and life. Health trends come and go, but probiotics show promising potential in affecting quality of life for the better. It’s no surprise, then, that this area of health supplementation has grown increasingly popular over the past decade as more health benefits become clear.
1. What are probiotics?
Probiotics are strains of live bacteria and yeast that operate inside us. The wordbacteria causes apprehension because we link it to disease, but there are both good and bad bacteria in our bodies. The good bacteria are probiotics. They are also called healthy bacteria or helpful bacteria.
2. What do probiotics do?
Probiotics help to balance the digestive system. The digestive tract (gastrointestinal tract or GI tract) functions with the existence of both good and bad bacteria, but modern lifestyle choices – poor diet, stress, inadequate sleep – result in bad bacteria levels dominating. Probiotics return balance and assist our digestive system to work well.
3. Where can you find probiotics?
These microorganisms are found in our bodies naturally, but you can find them in some foods and supplements too. Foods containing probiotics include:
- Dark Chocolate
- Miso Soup
- Sourdough Bread
Today, supermarkets and health stores sell a wide range of products containing probiotics. Hundreds of products, from yogurt drinks to cereals, and even toothpaste, contain added good bacteria, and probiotic supplements are available under various brands.
The problem with most commercial products is that since probiotics are extremely volatile, they die off before you ever consume them. Remember, these are living microorganisms that don’t survive indefinitely. Labels may claim high levels of live microbes, or CFUs, but those measurements are taken at the time of manufacture and are likely much lower by the time you consume the product. Look for probiotic strains, such as DE111, which can withstand adverse conditions and survive longer.
4. Which diseases do probiotics fight?
Probiotics help with a number of digestive issues. Since they became mainstream, users have reported positive effects on Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), and Diarrhea (caused by viruses, bacteria, parasites or antibiotic use.) They may help with skin conditions, allergies, colds and oral health as well.
Probiotics impact the immune system, keeping it strong to fight disease and ill-health. And one research paper looking into the psychological influence of probiotics linked them to improved mood and mild stress reduction.
5. Are probiotics safe?
Probiotics are generally considered safe. In fact, one type of good bacteria,Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG (LGG), has been added to dairy products in Finland since 1990 without a rise in LGG-related infections.
It’s important to remember, though, that probiotics and their use are relatively new fields of research, and some adverse reactions have occurred. Consult your doctor if you are unsure of the effects of probiotics on your system.
6. What are the adverse effects of probiotics?
Under normal circumstances, side effects, if any, are restricted to bloating and gas. People with underlying health conditions, however, may react differently. People suffering from leaky gut, for instance, may want to avoid probiotics until the condition has healed as the bacteria can pass through the gut wall and into the bloodstream. Even though they are good bacteria, this can cause further health issues.
7. Do probiotics contain any dangerous substances?
Good bacteria are beneficial microorganisms, and when they occur naturally, in food, for example, they present minimal danger according to existing research. But that’s not to say how we store and package them is healthy. Many probiotic products, such as drinks and yogurts, contain high amounts of sugar, artificial sweeteners, and flavorings – substances you want to avoid for good health.
8. Is it worth taking probiotics?
Yes! We need to help our gut to be healthier and to aid digestion. Modern lifestyles put tremendous stress on our bodies, so we need to give our systems a boost. The benefits of probiotics on digestive health are undeniable, but it’s up to you to manage your intake of these good bacteria.
Eat foods rich in natural helpful bacteria. Improve bacteria effectiveness with supplements that contain living microbes when they enter your body. You can go a step further with a dependable prebiotic – a bacterial supplement that encourages growth of existing good bacteria in your system.
Probiotics have made a huge splash on treatments we use for digestive problems and other health issues. Many people swear by them, using them as part of their daily or weekly routines. As with all recent treatments, though, we don’t known enough about them to make any definitive claims. Gastroenterologist and author of Probiotics For Dummies, Dr. Shekhar Challa, says, “For those with bowel disorders or urinary tract infections, there’s little doubt probiotics can be helpful…but things are still open to interpretation.”
While probiotics are continually being studied, we here are Pursue Nutrition have been taking them regularly since 2014, and are seeing incredible results.
From greater immunity, resulting is less sickness, to regularity in the bathroom; probiotics are the one supplement we don’t go without each and every day.
If you’re looking to start supplementing with probiotics that are proven to work, here is exactly what we do.
- The first month, we use the SyntriCleanse System to cleanse our gut from waste build-up, parasites and bad bacteria. This system also utilizes PrePro+ in order to repopulate the gut with prebiotics and probiotics in order create a healthy gut environment for optimal health.
- Months 2-3, we take the Advanced Probiotics in order to keep our immune system healthy and strong and maintain the results of the cleanse.
- Then we repeat this same process every 3 months, to ensure optimal health, increased energy and a happy life.
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