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What Are Probiotics?

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You might have heard the term probiotic before, either from your doctor or from the media. But what is it exactly, and how does it help us? In this article, we will explore what probiotics are, how it works, and in what forms you can take it.

 

What Is A Probiotic?

 

A probiotic is a living organism, or in some cases known as a bacteria found in your digestive system. When we hear the term “bacteria”, we think of something that is bad for us; however, in this case, these bacteria can actually be helpful to our bodies.

 

Types Of Probiotics

 

There are three main types of probiotics: Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium, and Saccharomyces boulardii.

 

Lactobacillus is the most common type and is found in many foods, such as yoghurt, kefir, and fermented vegetables. This type of probiotic might help with diarrhoea and lactose intolerance.

Bifidobacterium is a less common type that can be found in dairy products. This type of probiotic might help to ease the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

Saccharomyces boulardii is a type of yeast. This type of probiotic might help to prevent diarrhoea associated with antibiotic use or travellers’ diarrhoea.

 

How Do Probiotics Work? 

 

The main goal of probiotics is to help restore the balance of healthy bacteria in your gut. When the balance of good and bad bacteria is disturbed, it can lead to a range of health problems, such as bloating, constipation, diarrhoea, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and even allergies. By introducing these beneficial bacteria back into your body, you can reverse some of these negative symptoms.

 

In What Forms Can You Take Probiotics?

 

If you experience signs that you need a probiotic supplement, there are several different ways to take them:

 

Food:

 

Probiotic foods range from yoghurt to fermented vegetables, kimchi and sauerkraut. Many of these foods contain live active cultures that can help balance your gut bacteria.

 

Tablets, Capsules & Powders:

 

These are the most popular and can be taken daily. They often contain higher concentrations of beneficial bacteria than you’ll find in foods. An excellent probiotic supplement to consider is Geneway’s probiotic capsules.

 

Drinks:

 

Kombucha is a fermented drink that contains live active cultures and is an excellent source of probiotics. Live active cultures refer to living organisms that have beneficial health effects.

Improve Your Gut Health Today!

 

Now that you know exactly what a probiotic is and how they can benefit your gut health, it’s time to take action. Incorporate some rich foods into your diet, or try taking a supplement like Geneway’s Probiotic for optimal gut health. You’ll be surprised to learn that probiotic supplement benefits are vast and can help improve your overall health.

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