The Importance of Probiotics
In recent years, products that contain probiotics have become increasingly popular throughout grocery stores. As more and more people are beginning to live healthier lifestyles and eat healthier, the term “probiotic” seems to be on every package’s label. Whether it be in a powder or in a cup of yogurt, probiotics are everywhere, leading people to question what they are and are they beneficial for my health?
What are Probiotics?
Probiotics are essentially microorganisms that have been scientifically proven to be quite beneficial for your health. The majority of the time they are bacteria (lactobacillus acidophilus) but they may also be different types of yeast. With most people, these probiotics are already present in the human body and they are known as “good bacteria”. Each one of these bacteria can be quite advantageous for not only promoting a healthier lifestyle but for also aiding medical illnesses. As an example, Lactobacillus bulgaricus could help to relieve any symptoms of lactose intolerance in an individual. In conclusion, there are a vast amount of different probiotics and they all have different purposes.
What are Probiotics Used For?
In the majority of cases, probiotics are used to promote a healthy digestive system. Depending on the type of health benefit that you are looking for, this will assist you with determining what type of good bacteria you should use. In terms of digestive health, probiotics help to move food through the intestines and the digestive tracts. There has also been a small amount of research in regards to whether probiotics are useful for digestive diseases.
What is Lactobacillus Acidophilus?
Also referred to as L. Acidophilus, this type of probiotic is the one that is most commonly used for a variety of different purposes. The majority of this bacteria can be found within the reproductive organs of a woman and the intestines of both men and women. Their purpose is to ensure that they can sufficiently protect the body from any harmful bacteria. When the L. Acidophilus breaks food down, it creates a variety of different substances that in turn make uninhabitable environments for the bad bacteria so that it cannot start to grow.
In many cases, Lactobacillus Acidophilus will be prescribed alongside antibiotics because it helps to keep a good balance of both good and bad bacteria in the body. This is because antibiotics wipe out all different types of bacteria (both good and bad).