Probiotics Benefits

Probiotics are a mixture of yeasts and live beneficial bacteria that live in your digestive system. Most people are very aware of the dangers of germs that cause sickness and diseases. These are the bad or toxic bacteria that live everywhere, including inside our bodies, but many people do not know about the good or healthy bacteria that help to keep us healthy. The secret to good health is in being able to balance the good and bad bacteria within your body especially your digestive tract. Probiotics are the group of good or helpful microorganisms that help to keep your gut healthy

The exact science of how probiotics work is still being debated, but it is well known that they help keep the body healthy in several ways

  • When you suffer from illnesses that affect your stomach, have diarrhea, constipation, take antibiotics or any other medications, it can drastically affect the good bacteria in your gut. Taking probiotics helps you to replace these essential bacteria
  • Probiotics help maintain a healthy balance of the good and bad bacteria in your system to allow your body to operate at optimum levels

Types of Probiotics

Although there are many types of good bacteria that are classified as probiotics, each with their own benefits they can be divided into two groups, Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium as well as the yeast Saccharomyces boulardii

There are more than 500 different species of microorganisms living in every normal healthy person’s bowel. With an estimated 100 trillion or more individual gut dwelling bacteria, helping to keep pathogens (these are the harmful microorganisms) under control, contribute to our immune system, aid nutrient absorption and digestion

Scientist’s think that only about 10% of the cells in our whole body are actually part of our body. The rest is a diverse microbiota consisting of nonpathogenic bacteria. There are between 1 to 2 kg of these bacteria living in each person’s gut

Clinical studies reveal that probiotic therapy is an ideal way to treat many gastrointestinal issues. Probiotics are known to delay and prevent allergies developing in children. Probiotics also help treat urinary and vaginal infections in women as well as digestive issues such as irritable bowel syndrome and Crohn’s disease.

There is a huge variety of probiotics and the different strain can provide different effects, some do not need to reach our stomach there are good bacteria that help fight against organisms that cause tooth decay and play a part in personal oral hygiene.

The Health Benefits of probiotics are numerous, some of the common ones are:

  • Probiotics help to decrease the total number of potentially pathogenic microorganisms in the gut, They can also reduce flatulence, bloating and gastrointestinal discomfort
  • Probiotics are known to boost a person’s immunity by helping to modulate the white blood cells, regulating and minimizing the pro-inflammatory cytokines and stimulating the anti-inflammatory cytokines
  • Combating infections with probiotics, it helps to lower the risk of getting the common cold, influenza, many respiratory illnesses and other common infectious diseases
  • Probiotics help to strengthen the barrier between the gut and the rest of the body, reducing or preventing leaky gut
  • Oral mucositis is a common complication of many chemotherapies and radiation treatment to deal with cancer. Having a probiotic rich diet helps to improve patient’s tolerance to these treatments
  • Probiotics can increase mineral levels, including iron and calcium absorption
  • Increases vitamin B2 (riboflavin), B9 (folate), B12 and D3
  • Probiotics can act as antioxidants by protecting intestinal cells from medicated damage
  • Inflammation is commonly regarded as one of the causes of many chronic diseases. Probiotics help reduce whole body inflammation
  • Probiotics can inhibit the development of gastric ulcers and accelerate the healing
  • Autoimmune disorders can be treated with probiotics and prebiotics instead of the common drugs with detrimental side effects
  • Probiotics can affect modulate cognitive function and behavior. They help to improve learning and memory while reducing stress. They help produce neuroactive substances such as aminobutynic acid and serotonin for good mental health
  • Probiotics can combat depression and anxiety by stopping the negative effects of diet and raise levels of dopamine
  • Probiotics have been shown to reduce antisocial behavior patterns in people with autism and schizophrenia
  • The sleep and wake cycle, especially in elderly people can be improved with fermented milk
  • Probiotics can help to improve intestinal function and relieve constipation as well as diarrhea and IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)
  • Weight reduction can be achieved when overweight people take multiple species of probiotics over several months
  • Probiotics can reduce glucose levels and improve a person’s insulin sensitivity. It improves the carbohydrate metabolism, helps to reduce bad cholesterol levels, improve the blood lipid profile and blood glucose fasting levels
  • Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease can be treated and improved with the regular use of probiotics and alcohol induced liver injury can be reduced by the regular intake of probiotics
  • Probiotics improve high density lipoprotein (good) cholesterol levels while reducing bad cholesterol levels
  • Blood pressure can often be reduced with fermented milk for people who are hypertensive
  • Probiotics help prevent cardiovascular disease risk by 6 to 10%
  • Asthma sufferers can often find relief by consuming high probiotics foods
  • Probiotics may help to combat airborne and food allergies in infants and children
  • Eczema and atopic sensitization risks can be reduced in children up to 6 years old using probiotics
  • Probiotics can help prevent or control dermatitis in children and mothers taking probiotics regularly can lower the risk of their babies developing atopic dermatitis.
  • The skin can benefit from probiotics by topical application. They are able to restore the pH balance to acidic skin, slow photo-aging, alleviate oxidative stress and help with hair quality. With improved skin hydration probiotics can inhibit collagen degradation and increase the skins water retention abilities, reducing wrinkles and improving elasticity
  • Probiotics can help to combat the effects of pollutants and other toxins as well as exposure to heavy metals, it does this by binding to them, especially lead, copper, aluminum and cadmium even in the low but still toxic concentrations commonly found in foods. Probiotics help reduce the absorption of pesticides such as organophosphates that are commonly used on crops
  • Probiotics can also inactivate (HAC’s) heterocyclic aromatic amines that are produced when proteins such as meat is cooked at high temperatures
  • The toxic effects of MSG added to foods can be reduced as probiotics inhibit their absorption into the blood from the intestines
  • Probiotics have been shown in tests to increase and sustain youthful testosterone levels as well as testicular size and also increase oxytocin, the feel-good hormone while it combats fatigue
  • Athletic performance is boosted while muscle recovery after exertion is enhanced with the regular use of probiotics
  • Probiotics are also known to help improve recovery and a reduction in pain from arthritis as well as dental health by managing periodontitis and gingivitis
  • Consuming probiotics while pregnant can boost a mothers and infant’s immune system and have a positive effect on growth rates
  • Probiotics benefit the elderly by increasing the lactobacilli, enterococci and bifidobacteria in the gut and reducing the enterobacteria so the microbiota is better able to cope with toxins, inflammation and pathogens. They can also significantly reduce abdominal pain and improve quality of life
  • The regular consumption of probiotics is also known to reduce the numbers of people with most types of cancers

 

Probiotics are one of the most important foods for overall health known. They have been used for thousands of years not only as a healthy food source, but to preserve many types of fresh foods such as cheeses, meats and vegetables. These microorganisms play a vital role in our health.

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