Probiotics: The Friendly (and Healthy) Bacteria
Favorable bacteria. It’s an intriguing idea that begs for further research into the world of probiotics (all this after a recent encounter with a yogurt cup). The yogurt brand not only beckoned with it’s ‘new and improved’ flag, but exclaimed ‘now with probiotics!’. Although it sounded like some nutritional development akin to the ‘now with ginseng/guarana/energy-enhancements’ on today’s sports drinks and smoothie bars, a little background information proved worthy of review.
Bacteria, it turns out, naturally live in your stomach and intestines to keep you healthy and functioning. Probiotics are the microorganisms that bounce around in your intestinal micro flora, warding off destructive bacteria in your immune system. Probiotics play a key role in decreasing inflammation, which in turn can enhance your health. This can brings significant improvement for those who suffer from heartburn, indigestion, and other stomach problems involving digestion. Probiotics are a group of yeasts that ferment in foods; going by such names as Bifidobacterium, Lactobacilus, and Streptococcus, these bacteria clans may prove to be vital additions to your daily menu.
Probiotics can improve your declining diet, and increase the efficiency of your digestive system with a daily dose. According to BellyBytes.com, picking the yogurt that states ‘with active yogurt cultures’ somewhere on the packaging makes it a strong case for your probiotic-intervention plan. Along with yogurt, probiotics can be present in other dairy foods including cheese and milk. Today’s health food stores also offer up supplements, powders, liquid capsules, and tablets of the bacteria but these can be difficult for the body to assimilate easily; as always, a steady diet full of nourishing and diverse food is your best bet, but small doses of dairy can help. Replenishing harmful bacteria that can cause infections, probiotics are a natural resource for healthy digestion and optimal internal function.
Your guts mean more to your body than you realize; optimal gut and digestive function is necessary for the absorption of key nutrients, removing toxins, and maintaining healthy cholesterol levels. Without the right balance, your body can’t produce some essential amino acids including cysteine and glutamine; both of these promote healthy immune function and are also involved with cell repair and growth. Maintaining a healthy metabolism can help you eat better in the long-run; just add a cup of probiotic-infused yogurt to your daily menu lineup and you’re one step closer to optimal health!