Probiotics: Bacteria that enhance your health

Probiotics: Bacteria that enhance your health
Probiotics: Bacteria that enhance your health. In your gut there are naturally occurring beneficial bacteria, in great numbers, which are part of the body’s defense and therefore their existence is absolutely essential. Your age and lifestyle (stress, alcohol, antibiotics) are some of the factors that can negatively affect the number of these bacteria. However, you can boost their population through your diet by taking probiotics.
 
Probiotics are “friendly” bacteria, which are mainly found in fermented foods (eg cheese, yogurt, kefir).
By consuming these particular foods, their bacteria cross your upper digestive tract to reach the large intestine, where they eventually settle and multiply, thereby enhancing existing microorganisms.

Probiotics: Bacteria that enhance your health 

So let’s see what the benefits of probiotics are to your health.
 

* Prevent the proliferation of “bad” bacteria

The “good” bacteria found in probiotics restore the balance of the intestinal microflora, creating an inhospitable environment for the “bad” bacteria, whose numbers may increase due to a disease, antibiotic intake or poor diet. Your doctor recommends eating yogurt before antibiotics to reduce the risk of diarrhea that can be caused by antibiotics.
 

* Help with bowel problems

Probiotics enhance the smooth functioning of the gut, regulating its motility and relieving bloating. To benefit even more from their beneficial effects, be sure to consume them with fiber. In addition, certain probiotic strains relieve the symptoms of irritable bowel and there are indications that they also help in treating inflammatory diseases of the colon, such as ulcerative colitis.
 

* Reduce the risk of urinary tract infection

A problem that affects many women and can be avoided by taking probiotics, since the probiotics protect the vaginal flora and inhibit the proliferation of pathogenic microorganisms in the intestine, which can potentially be transmitted to the urinary tract.
 

* Protect against allergies

“Good” bacteria – called probiotics – boost the immune system so it can withstand allergens, such as pollen. Intestinal microflora is thought to have a significant effect on the body’s defense, thereby reducing the risk of certain allergic diseases.
 

* Improve digestion

If you have lactose intolerance, ie your body cannot metabolize basic milk sugar, it is good to know that some probiotic strains appear to improve digestion and absorption of lactose, thereby reducing unpleasant symptoms, such as bloating , gas, abdominal pain and diarrhea.
 

* They do good in the heart

Probiotics appear to reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular disease by lowering LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and blood pressure.
 
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Dinesh Gamage

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