You may have been hearing a lot about probiotics in the past couple of years. Although it may have become one of the popular buzz words of the health industry right now, using “good bacteria” to balance “bad bacteria” has been around for centuries. These microorganisms help with digestion and offer protection from harmful bacteria, just as the existing “good” bacteria in your body already do.
Prebiotics are nondigestible carbohydrates that act as food for probiotics. When probiotics and prebiotics are combined, they form a symbiotic. Fermented dairy products, such as yogurt and kefir, are considered symbiotic because they contain live bacteria and the fuel they need to thrive.
Probiotics are found in foods such as yogurt, while prebiotics are found in whole grains, bananas, onions, garlic, honey and artichokes. In addition, probiotics and prebiotics are added to some foods and available as dietary supplements.
According to Body Ecology, probiotics play a key role in healthy digestion and how your body rids itself of harmful toxins. Here are a couple benefits listed on the B.E. web site.
- Improve brain health: Probiotics restore digestive health and communicate with the brain through the gut-brain axis. As a result, probiotics can benefit the composition, function, and activity of the brain to impact both behavior and perception.
- Enhance kidney function: Probiotic microorganisms can utilize uric acid, urea, and creatinine, as well as other toxins, to fuel their growth. Overloaded kidneys often accumulate a buildup of toxic waste in the bloodstream. As probiotic microorganisms multiply, they can diffuse these toxins by circulating blood through the intestinal lining into the bowel. As a result, the waste is excreted during normal digestive processes, allowing the colon to serve as a blood cleansing agent.
- Fight and prevent allergies: Allergies are most often a misguided reaction by your immune system after contact with allergens. When you keep your inner ecosystem in balance with beneficial bacteria, it will help to strengthen your immunity to fight off both allergies and infections.
Probiotics are not limited to the major health benefits above, They can also be used to improve your quality of life and enhance day-to-day wellbeing by:
- Better digesting food
- Readily absorbing nutrients
- Manufacturing essential vitamins
- Strengthening immunity
- Eliminating sugar cravings
- Eliminating carbohydrate cravings
Thanks to BodyEcology.com and MayoClinic.org