What are Probiotics?
Probiotics are live microorganisms in the form of yeast or bacteria added to yogurt or in supplements to improve the number of healthy bacteria in the gut. Probiotics are typically used to aid in digestion. More research is indicating a role in improving immunity.
A primary role probiotics have is in strengthening the bacteria already present in the gut. Adding additional healthy bacteria to bacteria to the gut provides a stronger defense for immunity by assisting with reducing bad bacteria. This allows people who are healthy to stay healthy, preventing sickness. This means less sick leave taken for adults taking probiotics and less child absences from school for children.
Probiotics and the Immune System
Probiotics improve the immune system by potentially changing and improving immune cells. A study in the August 2010 “Clinical and Experimental Biology” journal explains this natural killer cell has a role in destroying cells infected with viruses and tumors. The bacteria known as Lactobacillus casei Shirota enhances the activity of natural killer cells, decreasing chances of becoming sick.
- Prevents Diarrhea
- Treats Infections
- Prevents Eczema
- Decreases the Severity of colds and Flus
- Treats Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Minimizes Lactose Intolerance
- Treats Painful Inflamation
To get all these health benefits, start working probiotics into your diet. The most popular food containing probiotics is yogurt; most yogurt is made with milk that has been inoculated with different types of probiotics. Although all yogurts have some probiotics, there are certain yogurts that have additional probiotics cultures; this information is on the nutrition label. Other foods which contain probiotics are miso, tempeh, sauerkraut, bananas, artichokes, garlic, and onions.
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