What Are Probiotics?: Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your health, especially your digestive system. We usually think of bacteria as something that causes diseases. But your body is full of bacteria, both good and bad. Probiotics are often called “good” or “helpful” bacteria because they help keep you healthy. The word PROBIOTIC comes from the Greek words “PRO” (in support of ) and “BIOTIC” (Life). The very definition of Probiotic is “in support of life”!
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CFUs – or colony-forming units- is a microbiological term that describes the density of viable bacteria in a product. In other words, the CFU tells you how rich in probiotics a
food actually is — and how much will be available to your body.
Gastrointestinal Health: The health benefits of probiotics not only reduce antibiotic-associated diarrhea, they’re helpful for diarrhea and constipation associated with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and for ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s and other inflammatory bowel diseases.
Urinary Health: There’s emerging evidence that regular probiotics can help prevent bad bacteria from invading the urinary tract by maintaining a population of the bacteria on the tract’s adherence sites.
Immunity: By eating probiotic-rich foods and maintaining good intestinal ora, one can also help to maintain a healthy immune system. Beneficial bacteria in your intestines crowd out harmful bacteria and have a direct effect on your immune response.
Obesity: Research suggests that probiotics may help fight the battle of the bulge. Supporting your gut bacteria appears to reduce inflammation and other markers of obesity.
Diabetes: Supplemental probiotics have been shown to delay the onset of glucose intolerance in animals, and, in a 2010 human study, L. acidophilus supplements had a positive effect on insulin sensitivity.
Mood Enhancing: A new study suggests that probiotics may actually aid in improving mood. They might be a good way to fight anxiety or depression.
Skin Health: Your brain, skin and immune system are all physiologically intertwined and mediated by gut bacteria. Other studies have found links between intestinal bacteria and psoriasis.
Oral Health: Research suggests the health benefits of probiotic supplements may help control bad breath and promote better oral health overall.