Fifty years ago— for some cultures— the idea of eating foods that claimed to be teeming with "bacteria" was indeed a bizarre and unpleasant concept. After all, we spend our lives trying to figure out how to "avoid" bacteria. As it turns out, bacteria-rich foods like yogurt and other ferments are some of the oldest foods consumed, as recorded in human history— and some of the healthiest!
In fact, most cultures in the world have a favorite fermented food that is a daily portion of their diet, and they have eaten it for centuries. Scientists now know that bacteria in fermented foods— Probiotics—are meant to live in our digestive system and help keep the intestines healthy. When Probiotics are abundant in your body, it’s harder for illness-causing disease to get a foothold.
We can thank our ancestors for making the amazing and health-giving discovery, probably a skill they learned as they attempted to store milk and other foods in a warm climate. But in today's fast paced world, people are not likely to take the time to make fermented sauerkraut or Kim Chee. Thankfully, we can buy Probiotics in supplemental form to guarantee that we get these healthy bacteria.
Modern foods that have been flavored, colored, preserved, fried, bleached, pasteurized, refined and processed are not only chemical concoctions, but they have actually been sterilized. This means that the important natural enzymes, bacteria and yeasts have been eliminated. Any good bacteria that the digestive system needs are gone. Sadly, many people today have become accustomed to digestive problems and assume it is just all part of living.
Probiotics help keep the "bad" bacteria in check and it's good to know you can take advantage of the benefits simply by supplementing your diet with a Probiotic supplement. Your amazing intestinal tract is actually home to hundreds of different Probiotic species, and they all play a big part in keeping you healthy and improving your digestive and immune system. They are even involved in making specific vitamins like vitamin K and several of the B vitamins.
When choosing a supplemental Probiotic, you'll want to make sure it has several strains that are known to be superior for their health-promoting benefits. It should contain Lactobacilli Acidophilus, which is normally present in the intestinal tract and prevents numerous illnesses. L Acidophilus can survive in highly acidic environments like the stomach and sticks to intestinal walls for long periods, making it particularly good for inhibiting the growth of bad bacteria.
The Probiotic Bifidobacterium Lactus may reduce the risk of the common cold, as reported in a study in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. And Lactobasili Salivarius is known for improving digestive health, strengthening immunity and improving dental health. L. Salivarius is found living in every part of the body, and actually produces its own antibiotics that target invading pathogenic bacteria.
Lactobasili Plantarum has significant antioxidant activities and helps maintain healthy intestines while suppressing gas and improving gut health in the condition of IBS or Irritable Bowel Syndrome. In a study conducted by researcher J. Bixquert and reported in the Indian Journal of Medical Research, L. plantarum was even shown to ease depression.
Two other important Probiotics that have been studied profusely for their health benefits are Bifido Bifidum (reduces acute diarrhea) and Bifido Longum (eases rumbling intestines). When choosing a Probiotic supplement, you will want to make sure it contains most or all of the Probiotic strains mentioned above.
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