Know your Probiotic

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Probiotics are edible products that contain the beneficial bacteria that live in the digestive system. In your digestive track, the bacteria aid in completing the digestive process. They also support vitamin production. There are different types of bacteria that are classified as probiotics but most of them fall into two primary groups: bifidobacterium and lactobacillus. Lactobacillus is the most commonly known, and it is usually found in fermented products and yogurt. Bifidobacterium is less popular and often found in dairy products. Here, you will learn some facts about probiotics that help you get to know these helpful bacteria a little better.

Probiotic Facts

Probiotics need to be alive when you take them

The term “probiotic” refers to live bacteria that have excellent health benefits for human beings. Many probiotics that are sold in capsule form are freeze-dried but still alive.

Probiotics are not a trend or wellness fad

The concept of health-promoting, live microorganisms has been around for almost a century. Probiotics were usually digested in various foods and were often utilized for food preservation.

There are 100 trillion bacteria living in and on the body

There can be as many as 1,000 strains in and on a single person at any moment. The microbiome of every person is totally unique.

 Not all probiotics are similar to each other

Various strains of probiotics provide specific health benefits. Bifidobacteria and Lactobacilli are considered to be the most widely used probiotics. They provide their own unique health benefits.

Probiotics can support immune health

Approximately 70% of a person’s immune system is found in the digestive tract. This is one reason why the connection between what you eat and how you feel is so powerful.

Microbiomes play a vital role in supporting your overall health

The microbiome of a person is not confined to the gut or even the body. The bacteria present in the environment also play a vital role in supporting an individual’s overall health.

Benefits of Probiotics

·       Better oral health

·       Supports immune system

·       Treats digestive problems

How to Use Probiotics

Probiotic brands are wide and varied, but there is little regulation, so purchase with caution. Although the bacteria are safe for most people, some individuals with certain health conditions should not use them. Consult your physician prior to buying any brand of probiotics.  

It is also important to pay attention to the product’s manufacturer. Only buy products from reliable manufacturers to make sure that the products are high quality and safe to consume. Healthcare professionals recommend that you avoid buying products with aggressive claims. Stay away from products claiming to cure, prevent or treat certain medical conditions. Daily consumption of beneficial bacterial can support your gut and digestive health.

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