There is a lot of information out there about prebiotics and the benefits from using one to improve your health. However, I have had a few questions about what makes them so helpful when it comes to gut health and increase immunity. While let us go back to basics. Probiotic is a Greek word which means “for life”. Probiotics are the good bacteria in intestinal tract. Some foods also contain natural probiotics such as fermented foods, kefir, and yogurts.
Probiotics stimulate the gastrointestinal tract, promote a health gut environment and gut flora as well as build immunity. When our gut flora is in balance then we can help prevent many health conditions such as leaky gut, food allergies, UTIs, eczema, IBD, IBS and Crohn’s disease just to name a few. It is also important to have a wide range of beneficial bacteria. There are about 30-50 trillion microorganisms that resided in our gut which makes up our microbiota. To date we know that there are about 1,000 different species. No wonder we have a hard time keeping out microbiome balanced.
There are numerous benefits to taking a probiotic. For example, you can get a verity of different strains from probiotic supplements. If your diet is not rich in fermented foods or you are taking an antibiotic a supplement might be a good addition to your healthcare regiment. However, there are a few things that you must consider before you start supplementing with probiotics. You want to make sure that you are getting a good quality supplement. Some strains are weak and cannot survive pathogenic bacteria decreasing its efficacy. So, when it comes to getting your moneys worth when it comes to probiotics you need to be sure you choose a brand that is strong and resilient and can survive passing through the upper GI tract.