What are probiotics?
Probiotics are living microorganisms that provide numerous health benefits when ingested daily. There are dozens of different probiotic strains offering different health benefits. The most common groups, or strains, include Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium.
So.. there’s good gut bacteria and bad gut bacteria, and probiotics are “good bacteria” that gets introduced into our body’s own microbiome to help rid us of bad gut bacteria.
Your microbiome is home to an invisible community of 38,000,000,000,000 microorganisms (mostly bacteria) living inside you.
As we get older, the health of our gut microbiome shifts – or gets bad – when we: eat processed foods, get sick, drink alcohol or take drugs, experience stress, etc.
And each time we go to the bathroom, we lose several trillion microbes (including probiotics that have already been introduced into the gut), which is why probotics must be taken daily to ensure a maximum result.
Without seeming too gross, or getting too personal but.. did you know that poop is one of the most important and visible biomarkers of your health?
Everything from the size, texture, shape, and frequency of your bowel movements can speak to you about the state of your gut health.
I have been contemplating adding a probotic to my diet for a long time now – I just never acted on it. When my sister last visited me, she was talking about a tea called kombucha that she was drinking. I knew that it had health benefits, but I didn’t know what. I recently worked with an energy healer, that recommended that I take a probiotic, and mentioned that she was taking kombucha.
It turns out that kombucha is what is considered to be a fermented tea – usually made from black or green tea. The tea is fermented with a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast, which give it probiotic properties.
There has been an increased buzz around the topic of probiotics for your gut health. Probiotics are comprised of healthier bacteria that help you digest and absorb nutrients more efficiently. If you don’t consume supplements or foods that have probiotics in them then you might develop a bacterial imbalance in your gut. This imbalance has been shown to cause multiple health problems. A few things you may be experiencing if you have poor gut health is:
- Gas and Bloating
- Constipation or diarrhea
- Food intolerances
- Skin irritation
Probiotics can be consumed naturally in foods or by taking supplements. So if you are experiencing some of the symptoms above then you may need to add probiotics into your diet.