YOUR PROBIOTIC CHEAT SHEET

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There’s no shortage of information out there about probiotics, the “good bacteria” that live in our gut and affect the health of everything from our digestive system to our skin and mood. But sometimes one needs a little refresher to remind ourselves of the basics.

What are probiotics?

Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that benefit the body, specifically the digestive system, by helping digest food, destroying disease-causing microorganisms, and producing vitamins. Probiotics are found in certain fermented foods and supplements and have a variety of health benefits, such as:

  • Managing and avoiding inflammatory digestive tract conditions

  • Helping with the management of constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, acid reflux, diarrhoea and spastic colon

  • Boosting the immune system

  • Skin infections, such as eczema (atopic dermatitis) in children

  • Mood challenges

  • Childhood stomach and respiratory diseases, allergies and asthma

  • Sleeping problems

  • Joint stiffness

  • Lactose intolerance

Although you don’t need probiotic foods or supplements to be healthy, these sources can help the “good bacteria” that already lives in your gut by helping to reduce the number of infection and inflammation causing “bad” bacteria in your stomach, stabilising the digestive tract’s barriers, replacing the body’s “good” bacteria that have been lost, (e.g. after a course of antibiotics), which in turn helps to keep your body functioning correctly.

 
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If you’re interested in adding a probiotic to your daily routine, consider Releaf Probiotic 12-strain, which contains a combination of 12 probiotic strains that may help improve or normalise the microbial balance in the human intestines and thereby the functioning of the digestive tract/gut.

 

Releaf Pharma believes all treatment of illness should begin with your doctor’s opinion.

The views expressed in this editorial content are gathered from outside sources which can be cross-referenced here:

Clevelandclinic.org

Carmen Coetzer