Gut Health and Getting Enough Probiotics in your Diet
Gut health counts for a lot in terms of overall wellness and recovery from surgery or illnesses.
If your gut bacteria is out of balance due to a less-than-ideal diet – or if you’re suffering digestive disruptions – getting more probiotics into your system could help.
Most people can do this naturally by making dietary changes to get more probiotics into their systems; but others may want to try quality supplements to help. If you’re going the probiotics supplements route, be sure to first get your Medical Practitioner’s advice as to what types or amounts of probiotics you might benefit from taking.
It is also wise and necessary to investigate the potential causes of any digestion related symptoms before you choose Probiotics to try to solve any gut health issues. Generally healthy people are likely to be able to increase their probiotics intake naturally through their diet or in a capsule or powder form, quite safely, but be careful to monitor your system’s responses to the added priobiotics (and don’t go overboard).
With enough Probiotics in your system and a healthy diet, it is likely you may see some overall benefits in how your digestive system processes foods.
Why are Probiotics so vital for your Gut Health?
Your body is full of bacteria, some of which is thought of as “good bacteria” and others as “bad.”
Probiotics are considered “good” bacteria in that they may have a beneficial impact on the system when they are kept in balance in the body.
- Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that have been found to be quite good for your health, especially for your digestive system.
- Probiotics are in the “helpful” bacteria basket, because they help keep your gut healthy.
- Probiotics are naturally found in certain foods such as some yoghurts and cheeses or other dairy products; as well as naturally occurring in your body.
- Many people also take them as supplements to help balance out bacteria imbalances or digestive problems, but this should be overseen by your Medical Professional or GP.
Probiotics have some notable health benefits, and hence, many GP’s DO suggest them to help with patient’s digestive problems.
They may also be helpful to improve healing process and help reduce downtime after some cosmetic or plastic surgery procedures; patients of Melbourne’s leading Surgeons often report quicker healing when they have good gut health.
There are Different Types of Probiotics
Many types of bacteria may be formally classified as probiotics and all have unique health benefits.
They work by balancing out the ‘good’ and ‘bad’ bacteria counts in you digestive system, which is often impacted by poor nutrition.
Essentially, however, there are two key types.
- Lactobacillus. found in yogurt and other fermented foods. Can help with lactose intolerance.
- Bifidobacterium. Found in some dairy products, and may help IBS.
Food sources that contain probiotics:
- Yoghurts (some, not all)
- Some Cheeses
- Lactobacillus milk or kefir or probiotic enhanced dairy products
Your GP should be able to help you determine which types and amounts of Probiotics will assist your well being.
If you do purchase Probiotics, choose a reputable, quality brand and be sure to keep it refrigerated if instructed.
Also, some powder varieties may be more readily absorbed than tablet or capsule varieties, and the differences might be worth exploring.