Even wonder what are probiotics all about? Probiotics are the good bacteria that are normal inhabitants of the intestinal tract.Although the word bacteria is usually associated with germs and illness, friendly bacteria help the body to function, maintain health and fight infection. On the other hand, pathogenic or bad bacteria, can cause intestinal microflora imbalances and lead to ill health. There are two well-studied famillies of good bacteria called Lactobacillus, found predominantly in the upper digestive tract, and bifidobacterium, usually found in the lower digestive tract.
What are the benefits of probiotics?
There are many benefits of having a healthy population of good bacteria. Healthy bacteria promote other good bacteria to flourish, while reducing bad bacteria. The good bacteria boost your immunity by increasing the number of immune cells found in the gut. They fight infections and have been shown to halve recovery time from diarrhea and prevent overgrowth of harmful bacteria such as salmonella, E.coli, helicobacter pylori and candida albicans. In addition, healthy bacteria make B vitamins, Vitamin A and vitamin K, while also helping to reduce cholesterol.
Where can find good bacteria?
The healthy, good bacteria can be found in some foods and also within our digestive tract which creates a healthy environment of gut flora within our intestines. One of the best food sources of naturally-occuring probiotics is live-cultured yoghurt, especially handmade. Similarly, the fermented dairy product Kefir is a unique combination of goat’s milk and fermented kefir grains. Other fermented foods that act as probiotics are sauerkraut, miso, tempeh and kimchi, an Asian form of pickled sauerkraut. The superfoods spirulina and chlorella have also been shown to contain healthy bacteria which help to increase the amoount of both Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria in the digestive tract.
Probiotic supplements are beneficial for everyone from the young to the elderly. It is ideal to top up your healthy bacteria throughout the year as many factors can affect your gut flora. More specifically, anyone suffering from digestive health issues, poor immunity and mood disorders would benefit from taking a probiotic supplement daily for one to three months, depending on the individual.
How to boost probiotics level?
One of the highest strength microbiotic formulas available on the UK market is Udo’s Choice Super 8. Each capsula contains 42 billion viable cells consisting of eight different strains of bacteria with a higher concentration of Lactobacillus acidophilus and a focus on strains which benefit upper bowel health.
Udo’s Choice Super 8 is especially formulated to address yeast imbalances (candida), intestinal infection and for use after high-dose broad-spectrum antibiotics.
Nutritionist, health expert, broadcaster, writer and consultant Amanda Hamilton says, “It’s great value for money given the quality and diversity of strains in this excellent formula. I recommend it often in my nutrition practice.”