Should You Take Probiotics Every Day?
The body is full of both good and bad bacteria, and probiotics are healthy, live bacteria that may be able to treat and prevent certain illnesses. Along with probiotics, fermentable carbohydrates may also prove beneficial by feeding the gut’s good microflora. Probiotics work to move food through the gut, and they also help to ensure your digestive system has a healthy ratio of good to bad bacteria in your gut. Probiotics in your gut are essential for a healthy immune system, preventing disease, nutrient absorption, and more.
The Benefits of Probiotics
If you have excess unhealthy bacteria in the gut, it can lead to many bothersome symptoms, such as headaches, diarrhea, bloating, nausea, constipation, sugar cravings, and fatigue. Many people even find it tough to lose weight when they have too much bad bacteria in their gut. Taking probiotics regularly can help encourage a healthy balance of bacteria in the gut, offering a number of benefits, including:
- Reduced problems with diarrhea
- Lower risk of yeast infections
- Fewer colds
- Fewer problems with inflammatory bowel disease or irritable bowel syndrome
- Improved urinary health
- Healthier oral health
- Allergy prevention
- Healthier skin
- Weight loss
Adding Probiotics to Your Menu
How can you start getting probiotics in your diet? Probiotics may include sugar alcohols, oligosaccharide, dietary fibers, starches, and other types of non-absorbable sugars. Yogurt that is labeled “live and active cultures” can also help. If you like eating pickles, choose naturally fermented pickles that don’t include vinegar to get the probiotic benefits you want. A water and sea salt solution helps feed good bacteria growth and may give you some digestive benefits when you consume pickles.
Other healthy probiotic choices to consider adding to your diet include fermented milk products, such as kefir, Lassi, natto, and various types of pickled foods. Make sure you choose fermented foods that haven’t been pasteurized, since the pasteurization process kills probiotics.
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