The human colon houses billions and billions of bacteria and we are gradually getting to know how the make up of the bacteria can have a great impact on your health. What is the reason behind the fact that most of the autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis, Crohn’s, colitis, rheumatoid arthritis and lupus are extremely prevalent in the developed countries more than the less developed nations? One theory behind this is that less childhood exposure to various gut bacteria increases an individual’s chances of contracting such ailments since the lack of exposure tends to suppress the development of an immune system that can respond to them. It is much safer to assume that the more the exposure to sanitation products and antibiotics in the developed countries is the cause of this difference.
However, it is important to note that the diseases listed above are not the only autoimmune ailments linked to the gut bacteria. Everything else from diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, allergies, constipation, yeast infections, urinary tract infection and weight have all been linked to the bacteria present in the gastrointestinal system. Recent studies have revealed that cultures that consume an unprocessed and a fiber-rich plant diet instead of the western diet rich in fat and sugar have diverse species of gut bacteria and more types are linked with the suppression of diseases while maintaining a low weight.
Despite all that, there is an ideal way through which the healthy gut flora can be restored and can be an entire reverse on the gut’s health,and that is through probiotics. The World Health Organization defines probiotics as any living microorganism bearing health benefits on ingestion. The word is derived from two Greek terms, “pro” and “biota” which mean “for life”. There is great evidence on the ability of probiotics to prevent and treat numerous illnesses including the ones earlier mentioned. In addition, North America is showing great interest in probiotic supplements and foods rich in probiotics.
What are the most ideal probiotic sources?
Currently, there are numerous probiotic supplements available in the market. Go for a supplement that is manufactured by a famous and trusted brand and one containing a high bacterial content. A good recommendation is to have fifteen billion or more live bacteria in a single capsule. It is also important to make sure that it has different bacterial strains because the different strains are usually associated with various health benefits and better results.
There are many foods rich in probiotics. Kefir, yogurt, pickles, miso, tempeh, kombucha tea and kimchi tea are among the foods giving you a good dose of probiotics. Having some of them in your diet can help in improving the health of your gut.
It is quite unbelievable how much has been discovered in the last decade concerning our bodies and the ways through which lifestyle and diet can impact on our health. The gastrointestinal system’s health is an area where research has spearheaded the discovery of the numerous benefits of probiotics. Whether it is through a diet or supplements, it can be concluded that everyone can benefit from having more of this healthy bacteria.