Chances are you landed here on my post looking for solutions to a health issue you or someone in your family has. And you may have also done some or even extensive research and found that Probiotics may be (and most likely are) the solution you’ve been looking for, but still not sure what Probiotics are or how they can help and be of essence to your health.
What are Probiotics?
I’m sure you’ve heard that Probiotics are good for us, and that they are a natural part of the body’s environment. But what are they really in plain English? Probiotics are microorganisms, in other words microflora that reside in our intestine. They are “the good bacteria” that keep harmful microorganisms or bad bacteria in check, help in proper digestion and nutrient absorption, and of course contribute to our body’s immune function. Probiotics have been researched extensively, showing positive results for many health conditions.
Who needs Probiotics?
Everyone needs Probiotics whether healthy or sick. Here are most common factors that scream out you lack the Good & Friendly Bacteria.
- Digestive Problems such as diarrhea, gas (bloating), inflammatory bowel disease, and Helicobacter Pylori infection due to toxins in our foods & drinks which do more damage than good to our bodies… sugars and sweeteners, processed foods and hydrogenated oils make your body work really hard to get rid of toxins. And therefore your body isn’t working hard enough to keep you healthy. Helpful Solution: Avoid food that is difficult to digest exp; dairy, gluten and soy as well as processed, packaged, fried foods & liquids. (Later in my post I will point out which foods are good to consume for such conditions and will provide examples).
- Weak Immune System means we are prone to the everyday cold & flu and seem to catch everything that goes around in our schools, offices and any public places because we are exposed to organisms that are inhaled, absorbed through our skin or swallowed. And for some that are suffering from more serious illnesses already, this can be fatal. Healthy bacteria can train your immune system to recognize between foreign microbes and those originating in your body, making Probiotics the best solution against infections. Helpful Tip: To keep the immune system strong, it is advised to undergo a Probiotic Regimen for at least a month. Also, eating foods that are rich in Probiotics daily will keep the healthy bacteria in balance.
- Obesity is another serious health concern as people tend to have higher levels of bad bacteria in their gut due to points I just mentioned above in Digestive Problems. By restoring the balance and increasing the amount of good bacteria in the system through a probiotic intake, the body is able to implement weight loss. But in this case Probiotics aren’t enough. When trying to loose weight, a well thought out plan for exercise as well as a Balanced Nutrition Meal Plan is required as per my earlier post.
- Skin Allergies and conditions such as acne, eczema, rashes, hives, or psoriasis, are most likely due to imbalance in gut bacteria. What lives on your skin is a reflection of what you put into and onto your body. When treating a skin disorder from the outside is always a great solution, but giving it an internal attention is even more important. Helpful Solution: Again avoid foods that cause sensitivities and are difficult to digest exp; dairy, gluten and soy as well as processed, packaged, fried foods & liquids.
- Prescription Antibiotics are designed to kill bacteria in the body, and they do not differentiate between the bad and the good bacteria. So if you have ever taken antibiotics to kill an infection, consider taking a probiotic (whether supplement and/or foods) to reintroduce the healthy flora back into the body starting a few days once finished with antibiotic.
Which Foods are considered Probiotics?
- Diary: Yogurt, Kefir, Soy Milk, Dark Chocolate, Raw Cheeses.
- Fermented Vegetables: Pickles, Sauerkraut, Pickled Beats.
- Raw Vegetables: Onion, Garlic, Ginger Root, Green Bean, Cured Olives, Leeks, Asparagus, Tomatoes.
- Raw Fruit: Berries, Bananas.
- Liquid form: Miso soup, Kombucha Tea.
In addition to the list of Probiotic Food possibilities listed above, a good Probiotic Supplement is also recommended. We all very well know that it can be difficult to always have the right foods available, therefore healthy alternatives for those who choose to simplify their daily regimen are available.
Why Probiotic Supplements?
For excellent digestive health, fill your diet with as many probiotic foods as possible. But what if you have diary sensitivities? Or you are Gluten intolerant? Or you’re simply too busy to keep a strict meal routine? In such cases Supplements are a better option as they provide you with a calculated dose of needed Probiotics.
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#1 Choice – Arbonne Essentials Digestion Plus (30 Day Supply) In this formula, not only will you find Probiotics, but also Prebiotics & Enzymes that go hand in hand for best results. GLUTEN-FREE, VEGAN formula is ideal for those with sensitivities.
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#2 Choice – Amazing Flora (60 Day Supply) Perfect blend of Probiotics in capsule form, also ideal for those with sensitivities to Diary, Gluten, Soy, Wheat, Fish, Yeast.
I hope you enjoyed my post, and if you have any questions about the Probiotic suggestions above or want to leave your own personal review, leave a comment below.