Probiotic supplements are receiving mounting support as an assistance for putting health back into alignment. What’s all this flora talk about?
Biotic literally means pertaining to life. In terms of your health promotion, we all enjoy the benefits of biotics that produce or cause a positive result. Whether you know it or not.
You likely are familiar with bacteria for causing health detriment. But in fact, health promoting bacteria live on your skin, in your intestines and other bodily orifices.
Every body has their own unique combination of health promoting probiotic organisms, or flora, dwelling on and within. Which are integrally crucial to your particular body’s health and wellness. It is believed that this alliance is vital to your:
When you feel well, your body is more toward a balanced state, or homeostasis. This includes a balance of health promoting bacteria, whatever that flora is for you.
Most importantly, this well-being balance is not static. It is always fluctuating. Your goal for maintaining health is to minimize this degree of fluctuation.
Your delicate balance of bacterial presence can be upset in two major ways, for which an intentional boost of probiotics is touted to assist with any negative outcomes.
First is the use of antibiotics. Antibiotics sure can get you back on your feet quick, but they don’t discriminate. Wiping out health demoting, as well as health promoting, bacteria in one fell swoop. A probiotic boost into your system may counter antibiotic’s side effects of:
Along the same lines, some are also using probiotics to ease lactose intolerance symptoms.
The second way your natural bioitics balance may be upset is an invasion of unfriendly, disease creating bacteria, yeasts, fungi and parasites. Researcher is ongoing to determine whether probiotics could stop and/or suppress these unwelcome living organisms from causing conditions like:
- skin infections
- vaginal infections
- infectious diarrhea
- stomach infections
- respiratory infections
- vaginal yeast infections
- irritable bowel syndrome
- tooth decay/periodontal disease
- H. pylori causing ulcers/chronic stomach inflammation
- inflammatory bowel disease ~ ulcerative colitis/Crohn’s disease
Additionally, some of your digestive tract cells are connected with your immune system. So in theory, perhaps altering intestinal tract microorganism, via introduction of probiotic bacteria, may have the potential positive effects on your immune system’s defenses.
Foods containing probiotics include:
- some juices
- soy beverages
- fermented/unfermented milk
Probiotic supplements are marketed containing probiotics microorganisms to prevent, treat and promote an otherwise unbalanced flora.
Most probiotics are similar to those bacteria naturally found in your gut, often coming from Lactobacillus or Bifido bacterium groups. And a couple of common probiotics are yeasts.
Typical probiotics’ side effects tend to be mild and digestive upset, such as gas or bloating. However, more serious effects have been seen.
Pertaining to the delicate balance of a healthy life, more or less is not always better. Science has proven time and again that the primary support of health is through consumption of a nature produced diet and regular movement for efficient circulation of this bounty.