What are Probiotics?



probiotics plural of pro·bi·ot·ic (Noun)

A microorganism introduced into the body for its beneficial qualities

I’m sure you’ve seen Probiotics everywhere but you might be wondering what are they? What do they do? Who cares? Well, you should!

Probiotics are tiny organisms that help with the bodies immunity stemming in the gut. We have over 500 different types of bacteria in our digestive tract and when these are not working or damaged, we need to call in some  help, namely Probiotics.

Probiotics “prevent damage from being done to our cells, they strengthen our immune system and beat down cancer cells before they ever have a chance!”  When the balance in your intestines is thrown off, the delicate system of our amazing bodies becomes out of sync.

“Probiotics can improve intestinal function and maintain the integrity of the lining of the intestines,” says Stefano Guandalini, MD, professor of pediatrics and gastroenterology at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Not only that but probiotics can help with irritable bowel syndrome, Atopic Dermatitis, Diarrhea, Allergic Rhinitis, and more.

Taking antiobiotics kills the good bacteria and so does sugar, refined grains, antibacterial soaps, pesticides, various pollutants. Basically, a poor diet and living environment does nothing to help your digestion or absorption of nutrients.

Do you have problems with your gut? If you experience bloating, cramping, gas, constipation etc. your body might be begging for a probiotic to supplement what your intestines are lacking.  Did you know that 80 percent of your immune system is located in your digestive system? That should make you want to reach for fruits and vegetables rather than chips or junk food.

According to Dr. Mercola, “This also helps explain the link between neurological disorders (including ADHD and autism) and gastrointestinal dysfunction. For example, gluten intolerance is frequently a feature of autism, and many autistic children will improve when following a strict gluten-free diet.

“You can reset the naturally occurring good bacteria in your body by consuming fermented foods like Kimchi, kefir or yogurt, but NOT the kind you find in the grocery store because they are loaded with sugars that feed the “bad” bacteria.I drink a small cup of Kefir every night and when I remember, I take a Probiotic supplement. I’ve seen recipes to ferment your own foods but I haven’t been so bold as to try.

The more I delve into health and wellness, the more clear it becomes that the body works well when everything is properly taken care of. For example, the food you eat effects your gut which effects your skin and health which effects the way you feel. This impacts our bodies ability to fight disease and illness. The products you use, toxic or not, are absorbed through your skin and also influences the chemistry within your body and will have an effect. Worth thinking about.

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