Table of Contents
- What are probiotics?
- What are probiotics? (Continued)
- What are prebiotics and synbiotics?
- What are microbes and their role in our health?
- What are the health benefits of probiotics?
- What are the health benefits of probiotics? (Continued)
- What are the different types of probiotics?
- What are the different types of probiotics? (Part 2)
- What are the different types of probiotics? (Part 3)
- What foods contain probiotics?
- What foods contain probiotics? (Part 2)
- What foods contain probiotics? (Part 3)
- What are the side effects and risks of probiotics?
- How should people take probiotics?
What are the health benefits of probiotics?
Probiotics may seem new to the food and supplement industry, but they have been with us from our first breath. During a delivery through the birth canal, a newborn picks up the bacteria Bacteroides, Bifidobacterium, Lactobacillus, and Escherichia coli from his/her mother. These good bacteria are not transmitted when a Cesarean section is performed and have been shown to be the reason why some infants born by C-section have allergies, less than optimal immune systems, and lower levels of gut microflora.
What exactly do probiotics do? They are believed to protect us in two ways. The first is the role that they play in our digestive tract. We know that our digestive tract needs a healthy balance between the good and bad bacteria, so what gets in the way of this? It looks like our lifestyle is both the problem and the solution. Poor food choices, emotional stress, lack of sleep, antibiotic overuse, other drugs, and environmental influences can all shift the balance in favor of the bad bacteria. Continue Reading