What are Probiotics?

Probiotics are micro organisms that are naturally present in the human body. They play an important role in the digestive tract. They are known as good or friendly bacteria because of their ability to fight off or suppress bad bacteria that may invade the body. They also help keep the immune system intact and running properly, and they help the body produce vitamin K. There are over four hundred types of probiotic micro organisms in a healthy human’s digestive tract.

The Benefits when Taking Antibiotics:

Antibiotics can be lifesavers, fighting off infections and curing many illnesses, but they are used for one purpose, which is to kill off bacteria. Unfortunately, they not only kill the bad bacteria that are making the patient ill, they also kill off and cause an imbalance in the good bacteria that naturally exists in the body. Many patients that have to be placed on antibiotics on a long term basis are often times advised by their physicians to consume foods that include natural probiotics. You can check out more on this subject as well as other important bacteria information at probiotics.org.

What are Some Foods that Contain Natural Probiotics?

The most common food used as a booster for the immune system is yogurt. Yogurt contains natural probiotics including one known as lactobacillus. To find yogurt that contains lactobacillus, look for a label that reads “contains live cultures”, or “Contains Active Yeast Cultures”. Cottage cheese and many preserved vegetables also contain natural probiotics. Kefir is a type of yogurt that is well known to have health benefits, but the sour taste isn’t for everyone.

Common Myths Concerning Probiotics:

Because of the natural benefits of using probiotics, numerous false claims have also been started about the benefits of using them for other reasons besides restoring the natural good bacteria in the body. Some of the unproven claims include one that states that consuming foods that contain the bacteria will cure or prevent cancer. Although the health benefits of a balanced immune system may help ward off many diseases, probiotics do not cure cancer. On the other hand, consuming probiotics have been proven to help prevent yeast infections. Patients suffering from autoimmune diseases such as Crowns Disease or Ulcerative Colitis, which affect the intestines may have better health and lessened symptoms if they increase them in their diet.

Conclusion:

The human body is in constant contact with bad bacteria. It is in the air we breathe, the surfaces we touch and on our skin. A healthy body is able to keep the bad bacteria in check by producing natural probiotics. There are many benefits of consuming foods that also contain the micro-organism, especially if antibiotics are being taken or if the person’s immune system is not up to par due to illness or disease.

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