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  • Writer's pictureElyse Ipsen

The Health Benefits Of Probiotics

Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that play an important role in regulating digestion and balance intestinal microscopic algae and fungi otherwise known as micro flora. Your intestine is filled with trillions of beneficial and harmful bacteria. Probiotics are often called "good" or "helpful" bacteria because they keep your gut healthy. An unhealthy bacterial balance can result in gastrointestinal disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome and intestinal infections.

Probiotics have shown benefits for improving digestion, blood pressure, brain function, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, infectious diarrhea and combating infection. Probiotics provide an additional tool to help the body protect itself from getting sick. Studies suggest that probiotics can improve how the immune system functions by decreasing upper respiratory tract infections and reducing the need for antibiotics.

Probiotic supplements contain multiple strains of healthy bacteria that improve intestinal flora. They are typically measured in colony forming units. Generally, higher doses have been found to produce the best results. Adding a few servings of probiotic rich foods to your daily diet can be an easy and effective way to boost micro flora in your gut and improve your overall health. Fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchi, pickled vegetables, and drinks such as Kombucha, apple cider vinegar and Coconut Kefir are a few examples of probiotic rich foods.

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