Basically we want our stomach to be a great friend to us, and sometimes it might give a hard time. By that I mean that our stomachs can be very sensitive and we should really want to do everything we can so that we can enjoy what we put into it by way of good food. At the same time we should also want to build our immune system. There are so many toxins in our today world and having a good immune system will help us stay healthy.
Did you know that our digestive system has about 400 bacteria that are actually good for us. The largest group of probiotic bacteria in the intestine is lactic acid bacteria, of which Lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidobacteria are the most widely known microbes. These bacteria help in the digestion of food and assist in maintaining a strong immune system by manufacturing vitamins A, B’s K and short chain fatty acids. Probiotics help eliminate fungal yeast, molds, viruses and parasites.
More now than ever, our good bacteria can be easily depleted by eating processed foods and by maintaining acidic diets, which is very common in the Western world.
Moreover, the use of antibiotics also kills the beneficial bacteria and this is one reason why using probiotics to regenerate the growth of good bacteria is considered important.
For thousands of years people have used different forms of probiotics. Eating yogurt, miso soup, certain yeasts and other fermented foods have helped to build the immune system. These natural probiotics maintain the natural balance of micro flora in the digestive tract.
Most of our illnesses are due to infections in the stomach. The stomach carries the largest part of our immune system; consequently, using probiotics help you to maintain a strong immune system and replaces the good bacteria when it is diminished by diet and medicine. These probiotics are good for urinary tract infections, diarrhea and other intestinal illnesses. They are also currently being studied for protection against colon cancer as well as the alleviation of chronic intestinal inflammatory diseases. It is known that probiotics help reduce inflammation in the stomach, which is a large cause of pain and illness.
There are numerous options for getting more probiotics into our systems. Whole organic and natural foods offer the best solution. Live probiotic cultures are available in fermented dairy products and probiotic-fortified foods. There are many dietary supplements that offer bacteria in the form of a freeze-dried product that will offer benefits.
Some of the products that claim to have good levels of probiotics are not properly labeled. Others may not be processed in a way so that the probiotics are delivered into your digestive tract. Thirdly, many products have added sugars and high fructose corn syrup.
To give you an idea of some of the varieties of products that have probiotics that you may enjoy, here is a list of common foods that you can try to see what you like. Some are sweet and some are sour but you can find something that will make your stomach stay healthy and keep your immune system strong.
Here is a list of ten commonly found probiotics that you may like:
1. Yogurt – especially made from goat’s milk and cheese.
2. Kefir – a fermented dairy product from goat milk and grains.
3. Pickles – which are fermented.
4. Sauerkraut made from fermented cabbage.
5. Brewers Yeast
6. Kim Chi- Like sauerkraut, but stronger in taste.
7. Dark Chocolate, Yes!
8. Microalgae – ocean based plants.
9. Miso Soup- made from fermented rye, beans, rice or barley.
10. Tempeh- made from fermented grain from soybeans.
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