Probiotics for good gut bacteria!
You may not be able to feel it but your intestinal tract is teeming with intestinal flora - strains of bacteria that live inside of your intestine. The relative amounts of good or bad intestinal flora can have profound implications on health. This microflora influences your genetic expression, your immune system, your weight and your risk of numerous chronic and acute diseases.
It is becoming increasingly clear that destroying your gut flora with antibiotics and poor diet is a primary factor in rising disease rates. A healthy low-sugar diet, along with plenty of unpasteurized fermented foods and/or a high-quality probiotic supplement, is crucial to restoring and maintaining both your gut’s inner ecosystem and your overall health.
One of the most effective ways to ensure that your intestinal flora is working for you, and not against you is to eat foods that support the growth of good intestinal flora. Probiotics are strains of benign or healthy bacteria obtained from food or from dietary supplements. Taking probiotics directly plants good bacteria in your intestinal tract. Benefits of taking probiotics can include reduction of digestive issues, treatment of irritable bowel syndrome and reducing the rick of urinary tract infections. Nutrient-rich sources of probiotics include fermented dairy products, sauerkraut, kimchi and soy sauce.