Did you know that in an average person’s digestive tract, there are over 500 different species of microflora, or “good bacteria?” All of these good bacteria help to support and provide good health, as well as helping prevent disease. If we don’t have an optimal amount of good bacteria, we enter a state known as dysbiosis (or dysbacteriosis), which has been associated with some illnesses like colitis, fatigue, and diarrhea. Dysbiosis can occur from intestinal infections, poor diets, or even inappropriate antibiotic exposure. In this age when superbugs, compromised immune systems, and antibiotic resistance are on the rise, probiotics are now more important as a supplement to help enhance our health.
What are probiotics?
Probiotics are various strains of “good bacteria” that have been shown to help prevent disease, and support good health. The specific type and number of a probiotic, may help to play a role in determining health and disease, and each one helps a specific part in your digestive tract, or body. For example, L.acidophilus is commonly found in yogurt, and fermented soy products like miso, and helps to produce vitamin K and lactase, and is mostly found in the upper gastrointestinal tract. Bifidobacteria is another type of good bacteria which has been found to help colitis, diarrhea, atopic eczema, and may even help with irritable bowel syndrome.
Benefits of Probiotics
Some of the benefits of probiotics include:
- Support immune function
- Control food allergies, reactions and intolerances
- May help with celiac disease, IBS, and Crohn’s.
- Prevent urinary tract infections
- May help to fight Candida
There are many types of probiotics available in the market. Some are specific, and others have multiple strains in one formula. Multi probiotic formulas have a benefit because they help to provide the good bacteria to different parts of your intestinal region, which makes it ideal to buy one bottle to benefit every member in your family.
It’s also been advised for people traveling to different countries, to bring probiotics to prevent or help fight against travellers diarrhea.