Ever wonder what probiotics do and how they can be beneficial for you? Probiotics are important and studies show they are good for your digestive system and immune system. Probiotics are live bacteria and yeast, it is also known as “good” and “helpful bacteria” and keeps your gut healthy.
Not everyone knows that your body has good bacteria and bad bacteria, but that good bacteria is important to have to keep our digestive system healthy. You get probiotics in foods like yogurt, kefir, kimchi, sour pickles (preferrably soaked in water and sea salt), kombucha, Sauerkraut, miso, tempeh, or in supplements.
Mayoclinc.org says, “Although more research is needed, there’s encouraging evidence that probiotics may help: Treat diarrhea, especially following treatment with certain antibiotics, Prevent and treat vaginal yeast infections and urinary tract infections, Treat irritable bowel syndrome, Speed treatment of certain intestinal infections, and Prevent or reduce the severity of colds and flu”
However with modern medicine we have been killing our good bacteria when we use too many antibiotics. I found on WebMD’s website “Good bacteria in the gut help people in many ways, including helping make vitamins and boosting immunity. Some researchers think that killing them off with antibiotics may be contributing to rises in chronic health conditions such as obesity, asthma, and cancer.”
Modern medicine is great and has its uses but its important that we don’t over due it on the antibiotics. Martin Blaser, MD, who heads the department of medicine at New York University’s Langone Medical Center says “there’s no question that antibiotics, when given appropriately, save lives.
But they’re not always used appropriately. Studies have shown that doctors often prescribe antibiotics before they know whether an infection is viral or bacterial. If the problem is a virus, antibiotics don’t help.”
This is another good reason why we should use natural medicine first, and if we do have to take antibiotics we should take probiotics with it to help slow the growth of candida by filling our gut with beneficial bacteria. This will also help reduce the side effects of antibiotics.
If you are interested in taking a probiotic supplement be aware that probiotics are regulated by the FDA as food, not as medications. Which means companies who make probiotics don’t have to show that they are safe and that they work. So be sure to talk to your doctor about which brand would be best for you and your situation.