Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that play a very important role in your health. They can be considered as an army of good guys offering support to the immune function by secreting chemicals that battle pathogenic bacteria, viruses, fungi, mold and yeasts thereby keeping you healthier. Yes, there is a war going on inside you daily!
Besides boosting your immune system probiotics perform many other important functions such as:
• Lowering cholesterol
• Lowering blood pressure
• Aiding in digestion
• Improving iron absorption and other minerals
• Helping you synthesize nutrients from your food
• Reducing inflammation
• Cleaning and scrubbing the lining of your intestines
• Helping with allergies
• Helping manage urogenital health
• Managing irritable bowel syndrome and colitis
• Support the development and functioning of the gut
• Giving you energy
The majority of probiotics take up residence in the large intestine and when the digestive tract is healthy, these beneficial bacteria filter out and eliminate things that can damage it, such as harmful toxins, chemicals, and other waste products.
Probiotics in a healthy person number up to 100 trillion. In a healthy person these beneficial bacteria will outnumber your own cells by a factor of ten to one. Up to seven pounds of you is actually probiotics- Mind blowing, right?
So, how can I get some?
During child birth through the vaginal canal, a newborn baby leaves its sterile environment in the womb and picks up its blue print of bacteria from the mother. However as I assume that you are now of more mature age to read, you might be hoping that I will recommend a pill, and yes, you can get a probiotic pill which will certainly contribute to restoring the balance of your intestinal microflora.
However, raw fermented sauerkraut and kimchi made from cabbage are an excellent sources of probiotics along with other cultured and fermented foods in cases offering six times more beneficial bacteria per serving than any tablet.
When nature gives you a natural piece of the puzzle, surely this is the piece we pick to complete the whole picture?
If you are interested to learn more and enjoy your first taste if these delicious foods, join me at The Cultured Club to get friendly with these very helpful little bacteria!
Probiotics want you to live. It is in their best interest for you to live and to be healthy because they depend upon their host (you) for their own survival.