Yogurt is one of the most familiar sources of probiotics—”good” bacteria that keep a healthy balance in your gut. Studies suggest that probiotics can help ease lactose intolerance. They also may help tame gas, diarrhea, and other digestive problems.
What are Probiotics?
Probiotics are commonly defined as viable microorganisms (bacteria or yeasts) that exhibit a beneficial effect on the health of the host when they are ingested. They are most helpful in our digestive system or GI tract as large amounts are typically found in the intestines and colon. Probiotics are created naturally by our bodies but we can also find them in certain foods and supplements. They are used in foods, especially in fermented dairy products, but also in pharmaceutical preparations. The development of new probiotic strains aims at more active beneficial organisms.
What do they do?
Probiotics help move food through your gut. Originally, they were used for relief of such unmentionable issues, such as diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), or colitis, as well as bringing calcium and vitamin D into the diets of persons with lactose intolerance or sensitivity. Scientists added to the bacterial benefits list protection from harmful bacteria overgrowth, cancers of the gastrointestinal tract, and high cholesterol. Researchers are still trying to figure out which strains are best for certain health problems.
More recent studies show probiotics can help counter systemic inflammation, celiac symptoms, yeast infections, obesity, and hypertension, while stemming infections (both bacterial and viral) and boosting immunity…maybe even athletic performance!
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