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Probiotics Enhance Gut Health

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             The lining of your stomach is one of the most important parts to your overall health. It protects you from the invasion of bad bacteria. It helps you digest and absorb nutrients that are needed to survive. Even more, it dictates which supportive nutrients get through and which inhibitory particles need to be expelled. Without adequate gut health, malabsorption, malnutrition, and disease can occur.

             Have you heard people talking about probiotics lately? There is a reason for this heightened awareness. Probiotics are live microorganisms that are ingested to restore the good bacteria in your gut. They heal and protect the gut from damage. They provide support for your overall immune system and act as an anti-inflammatory agent. Further, they are essential for people of all ages during treatment with antibiotics, before surgery, when battling bacterial infections, and in general to maintain the integrity of the gut lining.

            Probiotics come in multiple forms that include liquid, capsule, tablet, and food-based supplements. The most natural approach would be to obtain probiotics from food. Some outstanding food sources include; kombucha, miso, tempeh, kimchi, sauerkraut, and keifer.  Though some types of yogurt contain probiotic organisms, one must be careful of the other ingredients in yogurt. Make sure you read the label. Current research supports the fact that some companies can add up to 6 teaspoons of sugar in a small cup of yogurt. This is counterproductive.

            When it comes to probiotic supplements, there are a large number of strains available on the market. It is important that you are getting a supplement with a combination of strains and an ideal number of organisms. You want at least 1 billion organisms from each strain in a supplement. Let's take a look at a label. If you see several strain names such as; Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium, and Saccharomyces, then you are looking at a combination dose. Make sure each listed strain is marked with at least 1 billion organisms for the most benefit.

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Linsey Hall