Did you know that your digestive system is home to more than 500 different types of bacteria? The good ones help keep your intestines healthy and assist in digesting food. It is also believed that they help your immune system.
Unfortunately, the good bacteria can get overtaken by the bad, and put your gut out of balance. When this happens, you can experience digestion problems, poor immunity and other health concerns. The balance can shift after you take antibiotics or experience an infection. It can also occur due to excess stress, a poor diet or environmental toxins.
Probiotics Can Help Restore Gut Balance
If you have any of the lifestyle factors previously mentioned, it’s a good idea to add a source of probiotics into your diet. Probiotics are the “good” bacteria your gut needs to function optimally. There are a variety of different strains, but the two most prominent strains are Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium genera.
Can Probiotics Help You?
If you suffer from any of these symptoms, probiotics may be able to help you:
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Crohn’s Disease
- Ulcerative Colitis
- Constipation or diarrhea
- Childhood allergies
- Chronic urinary and vaginal infections
- Weak immune system
- Autoimmune disorders associated with gut abnormalities such as eczema, chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia
- Tooth decay and gum disease
Incorporating Probiotics Into Your Diet
There are a variety of ways to add more probiotics into your diet:
- Cultured vegetables, such as sauerkraut, lacto-fermented pickles and more.
- Probiotic beverages like kombucha, water kefir and milk kefir.
- Cultured dairy such as yogurt, cultured butter, sour cream and more.
- Take a probiotic supplement, which usually comes in a capsule or powder form.
What to Look for in a Good Probiotic
There are a few things you should look for in a good probiotic. It should have as many different strains as possible, and these should include and Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium genera. You should also look for the bacteria count in billions at the time of expiration, not at the time of manufacture. The higher the number, the better.
Your local health food store will carry a wide variety of probiotics that can help improve your gut health. Healthy Planet carries many different brands, and this month until July 3rd, 2013 Healthy Planet has the Flora Super 8 Probiotic 60 Vegi Capsules on sale for just $30.95 – that’s 15% off the regular price! Flora Super 8 Provides live microorganisms that contribute to a natural healthy intestinal flora.
What are your favorite ways to get more probiotics into your diet?
About the Author:
Chrystal Johnson, publisher of Happy Mothering and founder of Green Moms Media, is a mother of two sweet girls who believes in living a simple, natural lifestyle. A former marketing manager, Chrystal spends her time researching green and eco-friendly alternatives to improve her family’s life. She enjoys sharing those discoveries with anyone who’s willing to listen. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest.