The human body is full of bacteria. We need a balance of friendly bacteria and unfriendly bacteria for the body to function at it’s optimal. There are many influences that can upset the balance of this bacteria ratio such as poor diet, exposure to toxins, antibiotic use, poor lifestyle habits etc.
Consuming probiotics on a daily basis is a good thing. Probiotics help to bring that balance back into the range for proper functioning and continual healing. This is very important to me when dealing with Multiple Sclerosis. I’ve been consuming probiotics for years. They definitely help.
There are many benefits in taking probiotics. To name a few:
1. You will experience better nutrient absorption and have better digestion. If your gut is unhealthy then it is not absorbing the nutrients from your food as it should. Probiotics help your digestive system function optimally and aid in the absorption of the vitamins and minerals and goodness from your diet.
2. Enhanced Immune System: This point is of particular interest to me…having Multiple Sclerosis….my immune system is compromised. Having healthy bowel function is key to healthy immunity. When you take probiotics, the good bacteria they introduce to your system help to hone in on the bad bacteria and remove them from the picture.
3. Eliminate Gastrointestinal issues: If you experience headaches, indigestion, constipation, fatigue, gas, bloating and/or diarrhea then you would definitely be wise to start taking a good probiotic. These symptoms are related to poor digestion and gastrointestinal upset. Many people turn to antacids, Nsaids etc. for help with these symptoms but if they would throw the good bacteria into the mix many of the symptoms will disappear as the gut heals.
4. How about clear and healthy skin? Yes, the use of probiotics has proven to be beneficial with acne and eczema.
These are just a few of the benefits of using probiotics. Probiotics are a dietary supplement or you can get them in fermented foods such as Kefir, good yogurt, KimChi, and of course capsules. The best place to get your probiotics would be at a Health Food Store with qualified employees who can recommend the best product for your particular needs. Most probiotics need to be stored in the refrigerator as they are live cultured bacteria.
Here’s to you welcoming some healthy, happy bacteria into your internal landscape.