Do probiotics have any health benefits to offer?
Probiotics, or ‘good’ bacteria in the gut, are among a growing number of foods that claim to have health benefits, such as strengthening our immune system, treating digestive issues, mental health illnesses, and neurological disorders. Research continues to suggest that probiotics are incredibly beneficial to humans.
What Are Probiotics?
Probiotics are bacteria that line your digestive tract and support your body’s ability to absorb nutrients and fight infection. There is an incredible number of probiotics in our bodies – around 10 times more probiotics in your gut than cells in your body! Throughout our lives, probiotics affects how well we absorb nutrients, how much energy we get from food, and how efficiently we break down food and drugs.
People who don’t have enough probiotics can suffer from digestive disorders, skin issues, candida, autoimmune disease, and frequent colds. Fortunately, there are many ways to incorporate probiotics into your diet.
You can get more probiotics in your system by simply eating the right foods. In turn, you can reap the probiotic benefits!
- Fermented vegetables (apple cider vinegar, sauerkraut)
- Coconut kefir
- Seeds (chia and flax)
The Benefits of probiotics
While more studies are being done to find the entire scope of benefits of probiotics, here is a list with strong evidence backing the benefits.
- Boosts immune system
- Prevents and treats urinary tract infections (UTIs)
- Improves digestive function
- Heals inflammatory bowel conditions such as IBS
- Manages and prevents eczema in children
- Fights food-borne illnesses
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