The human body really is a wonderful thing. When you consider all the different systems in our body and all the different cells that have their own roles to play, it really is quite amazing! We even have over 1,000 different types of bacteria in our digestive tracts and that means literally billions of bacteria in our body. Some of these are working against us and other ‘good’ bacteria are actually work for us and essential to our health.
I have always struggled with a sensitive digestion system which means that looking after my digestive health has always been a priority for me. Yet it isn’t just people with digestive sensitivities that benefit from eating probiotics. Probiotics have been proven to not only to assist the immune system and aid in preventing certain bugs, they can also help you recover from them too!
After certain illnesses, or taking antibiotics or penicillin, the good bacteria in the digestive tract can be almost completely destroyed and it can take a really long time to build them up again without assistance. This is where probiotics come in.
Probiotics are live bacteria or yeasts found in specific types of foods, or they can also be purchased in capsule form from your local chemist. The two most common types are lactobacillus and bifidobacterium. In its natural form probiotics are most commonly found in fermented foods such as;
- Plain yogurt
- Kombucha tea
Taking probiotics from the chemist might be advisable when you are recovering from specific illnesses such as urinary tract infections, gastroenteritis, or after taking antibiotics or penicillin. However to help maintain your everyday digestive health, try to incorporate some natural forms of probiotics into your diet to balance out the bacteria in your gut and keep your body healthy!