As defined by The World Health Organisation (WHO) probiotics are live microorganisms that, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host. But how can these tiny organisms make us feel healthier and improve our bodily functions? This paper seeks to explore the plethora of advantages that probiotics can bring to you and your body.
Where to get Probiotics?
There are lots of Probiotic supplements out there that you can use to help balance you body, Though these do tend more towards the expensive side of things. If you’re not interested in spending heaps of money, do not fret! There are numerous natural alternatives that are far more cost affective!
The drink Kombucha is a fermented tea which contains probiotic bacteria that can help to balance the gut microbiome in humans and improve digestion. Whether you buy from your local supermarket or even make your own; this drink is rich in probiotics and offers a fantastic alternative to sugary drinks.
On the other hand, if you want to receive the same benefits from Kombucha without having to go to the shops for a drink, why not make your own? Homemade Kombucha, is incredibly cheap to make and gives you the opportunity to tailor the drinks to your own tastes.
All you need to do is obtain a SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeast), which may can be acquired online at low cost. Once acquired all that is left to do is add cold brewed tea (black tea or green tea) and sugar. While the taste may take some getting used to, there are plenty of flavours you can add to this beverage to switch it up and make it easy for you to balance your microbiome!
Other Fermented foods
Other fermented foods such as kimchi, miso, tempeh and sauerkraut contain live bacteria and have also been associated with health benefits such as helping your gut break down foods and improve your immune system.
If you don’t already consume fermented foods, start off with 1/4 cup at a time and work your way up to larger amounts. Diving right in with a bigger serving may cause digestive upset if your body is not used to such foods.
The Pros of Probiotics:
Improves Digestive system health and Reduce Symptoms of Certain Digestive Disorders:
About 70 percent of the immune system is housed in the gut, so making sure our digestive system is in tip-top condition is central to addressing many of our bodily woes. The use of probiotics is a fantastic way to help balance the friendly bacteria in your Digestive system. While the use of antibiotics is great at killing harmful bacteria that may upset our bodies, antibiotics also destroy good bacteria in our gut known as probiotics such
as lactobacillus and bifidobacterium. So If you have taken antibiotics, you’ll need to help your gut make new friends again.
Through using Prebiotics, we are able to feed the good bacteria in your gut, help reinoculate your microbiome, and offset the effects of your altered gut flora. Prebiotics includes food such as onions, garlic, asparagus, bananas, and legumes; they play a different role from probiotics.
• Helps prevent and treat diarrhoea
• Boost Your Immune System/health
• May help Reduce the Severity of Certain Allergies and Eczema • Good for your heart
• Help You Lose Weight and Belly Fat
• Oral health
Improves mental health conditions. Feeling down? It might be your food
Of course, this may not be the case for every individual with these issues, however cleaning up your diet is a good places to start and is a sure way to relieve symptoms directly related to our diet such as brain fog, sadness, and low energy. When your digestion is compromised, our bodies can under-produce neurotransmitters. This includes serotonin. (95% of serotonin is produced in the small intestine.) Low levels of serotonin is attributed to such ailments as anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues.
• Probiotics are a fantastic natural way to take control of your mood.
Meditate to Relax your mind and Reset your gut:
The more relaxed you are, the better you’ll be able to nourish your body, and this doesn’t just include with regards to your digestion. Stress has a massive influence on your gut and can turn it into a butterfly cage of discomfort. Research shows that taking the time to meditate can help ease symptoms of gut disorders. For an extra mindful boost, learn which specific probiotic strain is right for your mood. Remember, everyone’s microbiome in their gut is specific to each individual, what might work for you might not be as effective with other people. Why not try some out and see how you feel?