What are Microbiotics?
Good bacteria – Microbiotics ae the ‘Good’ or ‘Friendly’ bacteria that live in the intestinal tract. Although the word bacteria is usually associated with germs and illness, friendly bacteria are essential for the body to function properly, maintain overall health and support vitality.
Bad Bacteria – ‘Bad’ or ‘Unfavourable’ bacteria on the other hand, can cause intestinal microflora imbalances that can lead to the loss of well-being and vitality. But with everyday supplementation this can be controlled.
Why take Microbiotics?
Over 400 different species and more than 100 trillion total bacteria live in the human intestinal tract. Friendly and ‘Unfavourable’ bacteria forma delicate and constantly changing balance as they compete with each other. We may not realise it, but out complex digestive system is made up of the following important organs:
– The Mouth
– The Oesophagus
– The Stomach
– The Small Intestine
– The Large Intestine
– The Pancreas
– The Liver
– The Gall Bladder
While human beings usually start life with a relatively healthy intestinal tract, age, lifestyle and environmental factors such as poor eating habits, chlorinated drinking water, stress, disease, the use of antibiotics in food production as well as in medical treatment, travellers bugs, alcohol consumption, high sugar intake, ageing can greatly reduce the number of ‘Good Bacteria’ in the gut. When the ratio of ‘Good’ bacteria is lowered, health concerns may arise such as:
– Excessive Gas
– Poor Immunity
– Low Energy
– Decreased Nutrition Absorption
What do I take?
I take 2 forms of Probiotics to help with my Digestive System and ensure I have a healthy gut.
The First is Acidophilus with Pectin which I buy from any good Health Food Stores, or Holland and Barretts.
Lactobacillus acidophilus is an important strain of bacteria that works with your gut to digest food and absorb nutrients. If you suffer from diarrhea or constipation, you may want to look into acidophilus tablets, commonly sold in supplement form. In your body, acidophilus feeds on the soluble fiber, pectin. Taking acidophilus with pectin helps the microorganism survive and grow in your gut, where it can provide optimal benefits to your digestive system.
Acidophilus is a “probiotic,” meaning it promotes life in the gut. Restoring bacteria in the gut is essential to promote regularity and help your body function at its best.
Pectin is soluble fiber, often considered a “prebiotic.” Prebiotics in the diet help feed probiotics and encourage growth. Without something to feed on, bacteria in the gut cannot survive. Although abundant in certain foods, acidophilus supplements that also contain pectin help by providing the necessary nutrients that support colonization of the gut. It definitely makes sense to take these two components together for better results.
The Second is Kefir.
Kefir is a thick drink made by fermenting milk with kefir grains composed of lactic acid bacteria, yeast and polysaccharides. The grains culture the milk, infusing it with healthy organisms. Kefir contains certain healthy bacteria that is not available in yogurt, including Lactobacillus Caucasus, Leuconostoc, Acetobacter species, Streptococcus species, Saccharomyces kefir and Torula kefir. These beneficial microorganisms may help support digestive health and prevent the growth of harmful bacteria in the intestines. Vitamins, such as vitamin K and B-12, are produced in the gut, and the probiotics in kefir may potentially help facilitate this production.
Kefir is especially good to include in your diet if you are Lactose Intolerant – the fermenting process used to create it makes it nearly lactose-free. Kefir reduces symptoms such as gas, abdominal pain and diarrhea related to the consumption of lactose. The curds in kefir are smaller than those in yogurt, making it typically easier to digest.