Nutrition
Guide

Key Benefits of Probiotics

Lesson 1

Be one with your gut – Probiotics and the Importance of Gut Health

It’s a familiar story, you were looking forward to a long overdue lunch date with an old friend. Unfortunately, it will have to be pushed back yet again because you have a sudden case of the bubble guts.

An upset stomach can put the brakes on any hot date and while you could take the over the counter remedy quick-fix; wouldn’t it be better to address the root cause of the upset rather than mask the symptoms? Imbalanced gut bacteria can cause indigestion, nausea, constipation and diarrhea and other gastrointestinal disturbances. That’s why maintaining a healthy gut is important for everyone.

Besides avoiding stomach pains, a healthy gut can also contribute greatly to conditions such as a well-balanced immune system and good heart health. The question remains though, how do we keep our gut healthy?

One effective way to maintain a healthy gut is to make sure you have a regular intake of probiotics. Is the name familiar? It most probably is; most of us know that PRObiotics are healthy bacteria. However, let’s take it a step further and explore how this good bacteria improves overall health.

Probiotics are bacteria inside the body that work to help your gut function properly. Not to be confused with prebiotics (the dietary substances that promote the growth of good bacteria inside your body instead of the bad ones) or synbiotics (the product of combining prebiotics and probiotics or even antibiotics which is an antibacterial function that slows down the growth of bad bacteria to the point of even killing it).

Probiotics are defined as microorganisms introduced into the body for its beneficial qualities. Although sometimes bacteria can be a term that we don’t want to associate to our bodies, there are plenty of good bacteria living inside us and one of them is probiotics.

History of probiotics


Types, subtypes of probiotics and its functions


Benefits of probiotic intake


The gut flora and its functions in the digestive tract


Types of food where probiotics are present


How to use probiotics safely

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