Chances are, at least once through your weekly grocery shop, you’ve came across the word “probiotic”. If you dismissed it as another buzzword, there’s a billion reasons why you’re probably reading this. Literally. Probiotics, whatever you thought they were before, are your friends, and it’s about time you got acquainted with them.
What is a Probiotic? Why should I supplement?
Simply put, probiotics are bacterias with loads of benefits. Bacteria you say? Yes! A very good kind of bacteria, already living in your body, pulling their weight, keeping your gut healthy and keeping you in a general state of body wellness. They live in your GI tract and are constantly detoxifying it. Supplementing more probiotic bacteria promotes a healthy and varied amount of gut flora, which helps balance things and fight more of that unwanted stuff in your stomach. You’ll want to make (and keep) things right down there, because if they aren’t, you get all types of nasty digestive problems and even blemishes and break-outs. Not to mention, if you’ve got digestive problems right now, it’ll make things feel better. Easy enough, right? We thought so.
What are the benefits?
Supplementing with these little guys gives a lot of desirable effects:
- Helping with general digestive issues
- Helping with debilitating digestive diseases
- Protects against yeast build up, harmful bacterias and fungi
- Helps clear up skin issues
- Helps with oral health
And that’s not all! Scientists have been constantly researching the properties of probiotic bacteria, so the list will keep on growing and growing as time goes on.
What should I be looking for in a supplement?
There are many types of probiotic bacteria that are beneficial to you; both are various types of Lactobacillius and Bifidobacterium. But don’t let the word supplement fool you, while we’re using that in the literal sense of the word; you can find probiotic bacteria outside a pill or powder (and frankly, they all taste a lot better!). Look for probiotic cultures in yogurt (make sure it says so on the packaging, because many yogurts lose it during the pasturation process), kefir, miso, and even kimchi. There’s tons of food that has it, so get creative! However, if you feel that a pill or powder is better suited to your lifestyle, make sure it has well rounded selection of strains (usually five will do the trick).
And there it is folks, now you’ll be supplementing probiotics with the best of them; keeping your gut healthy, your skin glowing, and you body working. Not too shabby coming from billions of bacteria cultures, no?