When we usually think about BACTERIA we think of it as something that causes sickness and diseases, but what if I told you that bacteria can actually be beneficial to your health, especially your digestive system. Our bodies are full of both good and bad bacteria. Probiotics are considered the good guys by keeping your gut healthy. Sometimes when we get really sick and the doctor might prescribe to us an antibiotic which gets rid of harmful bacteria as well as the good bacteria. In some cases your good gut bacteria won't come back on it's own for about a year which is why it's very important to supplement with probiotics if needed. There is still a lot of research that has to be done on Probiotics but they have learned that they help move food through your gut and help with certain conditions like:
Irritable bowel syndrome
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
Infectious diarrhea (caused by viruses, bacteria, or parasites)
Skin conditions, like eczema
Urinary and vaginal health
Preventing allergies and colds
Probiotics also help you with weight loss. Antibiotics destroy a healthy gut balance, but probiotics restores that balance for you. Once the inner gut balance is healthy, the body will naturally drop extra weight. Probiotic foods include kefir and cultured vegetables, which have helpful bacteria that fight inflammation and control the growth of harmful microbes.
Cultured vegetables like kimchi have been found to reduce body weight and improve inflammation in those who struggle with weight loss.
Lactobacillus - is one of the most common probiotic. It can usually be found in yogurt and fetrmented foods. These strains of bacteria can help with diarrhea and help with people who are lactose intolerant as well.
Bifidobacterium. can also be found in some dairy products and can ease the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and other conditions.
Apart from supplementing with probiotics you can also get them from certain foods like:
Yogurt, kombucha Tea, Pickles, Miso soup, Dark chocolate, Sauekraut
In general, probiotic foods and supplements are safe for most people, some people with immune system problems or other serious health conditions shouldn't take them. Talk to your doctor first to make sure they're OK for you. In some cases, mild side effects might include upset stomach, diarrhea, gas, and bloating for the first couple of days after you start them. They may also trigger allergic reactions. Stop taking them and talk to your doctor if you have problems.