There have been many different health food trends and that people have followed in the past. One of the most common today is the addition of probiotics to different foods and beverages. There are many different people who swear by these organisms and feel that they promote good health. By learning more about them, what they do in the body and where to find them you will be able to decide if they are right for you.
Our bodies are filled with many different microorganisms. Depending on where they are located they can have a range of different effects on the body. One place where many microorganisms are located is the intestinal tract. This is filled with different bacteria and other elements which can help promote good digestive health.
When we are ill or need to take certain medications the balance that is maintained regularly may be disrupted. We may see this when we develop diarrhea after taking antibiotics or other medications. When the “good” bacteria gets killed off, the “bad” bacteria can flourish or we may be less able to digest our food properly.
However, it was discovered that some of the bacteria found in foods such as yogurt could replenish the supply of good bacteria in our bodies. This enabled us to return to better health quickly and easily. Scientists reasoned that by increasing the amount of these good bacteria (probiotics) we would be able to maintain good intestinal health on a regular basis.
There are many different conditions that can be helped by eating these foods. One is lactose intolerance. This is one reason why some people who may have difficulty eating dairy products will be able to eat yogurt. Another health condition that can benefit from these foods is stomach ulcers. H. Pylori, the bacterium which causes ulcers, can be fought very effectively using foods rich in probiotics.
You can find probiotics in many different foods or in advanced supplement formulations. Originally they tended to be limited to dairy foods such as yogurt. The problem with many probiotic organisms is that they needed to remain cool in order to survive. Now, foods that are rich in different types of organisms can include bread products and there are also supplements that can help you get the amounts you need to stay as healthy as possible.
It is always a good idea to speak with a doctor or nutritionist before beginning to take any supplements. There may be medications which you need that can be adversely affected any time you add a new supplement or food item to your diet. This is especially true if you have serious food allergies such as lactose intolerance or other milk-related allergies. The last thing that you want to do is make your health worse while you are trying to improve it.
Learning more about probiotics can help you decide whether they are right for you. Since specific strains or varieties may be more helpful than others speaking with a specialist may help you pinpoint which ones you should be looking for.