Probiotics are basically living bacteria, which provide us with several benefits, especially in the gastrointestinal tract.
The human body contains trillions of bacteria, and it is the balance between good and bad bacteria that determines good health in an individual.
It is estimated that a ratio of 85% good bacteria and 15% bad bacteria is what makes for a healthy balance in the body.
Why probiotics are necessary:
- Probiotics help in healthy functioning of the immune system.
- They produce antibiotic compounds and help in changing the way the white cells and antibodies work.
- Probiotics also help in flushing out yeast and parasites for your body, by keeping you away from diseases that cause pathogens.
- Probiotics also help in digestion and absorption of nutrients in the body by synthesizing B-complex and vitamins.
- Probiotics are also beneficial in maintaining blood cholesterol levels.
The main benefits of probiotics are:
- Probiotics aid digestion, especially of hard foods.
- They also help people who are lactose intolerant.
- Probiotics improve calcium absorption.
- They keep a healthy balance of micro flora (ratio of good bacteria to bad bacteria), which is present in the intestine.
- Probiotics also help in promoting vaginal health in women.
- Probiotics help fight bad abdominal health, by keeping you away from bloating and occasional stomach-related irregularities.
To derive adequate benefits from probiotics, you need to rely on these food sources:
1. Dairy products, which includes yogurt and kefir.
2. Dark chocolate.
3. Common green pickle
4. Probiotics supplements, prescribed by your healthcare provider.