Should Probiotics Be an Essential Part of Your Diet?

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Probiotics are "good bacteria" that keep the gut and digestive system functioning as they should. Studies have also found that probiotics may help ease lactose intolerance, tame gas and help a person get over diarrhea. Probiotics are essential to good health; however, unlike vitamins, minerals and other nutrients, probiotics are in fact manufactured by the body.

A person who maintains a healthy diet will probably not need to eat probiotic-rich food all the time, although consuming foods that have probiotics in them is certainly good for one's health. However, there are times when it is essential to eat foods that are rich in probiotics on a regular basis. Probiotics in the body are destroyed when you take antibiotics, as antibiotic medications cannot differentiate between good and bad bacteria. For this reason, anyone who is taking or has just finished taking antibiotics should eat plenty of probiotic-rich foods. It is also a good idea to increase probiotic intake after a bout with stomach flu, diarrhea or any other digestive-related health problem. Those who suffer from Crohn's Disease and Celiac Disease will need to eat more probiotic-rich foods than the average person in order to stay in good health.

Probiotic yogurt is perhaps one of the best and most readily available sources of probiotics. Even so, there are other foods that contain this valuable nutrient, including certain types of sourdough bread and naturally fermented pickles that do not contain vinegar.

If you want to keep your digestive system in good health, then eating probiotic rich foods from time to time is a wise idea. However, those who suffer from digestive problems and/or are taking antibiotics should put a priority on eating plenty of probiotic-rich foods. This valuable nutrient will help your stomach and digestive system function normally so that you can maintain a healthy diet.


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