The Health Benefits of Probiotics
We’ve all heard that probiotics are good for us. They are the good gut guys, an army of too small to be seen microbes who work hard to maintain a healthy microbial balance in our digestive tract.
There are 100’s of species of bacteria who live in our GI tract aiding in the breakdown and absorption of food. They also play an important role in maintaining a healthy immune system. In fact, even the word probiotic comes from the Greek word bios that means “for life.” Probiotics have been shown to reduce diarrhea, minimize the effects of food allergies, remove toxins, and even help prevent certain types of cancers.
By supplementing our diets with more of these beneficial bacteria, we are helping to defend against illness and infection caused by harmful bacteria. The benefits of the good bacteria balances the mischief of the bad. Because they are so important to maintaining good health, more and more food products like Apollo’s Gift 100% Lactose Free Natural Cheese, have added probiotics to help you get more of the good guys your body needs.
“When probiotics are abundant in your body, it’s harder for bacteria that cause illness to get a foothold,” says Dr. Oz in his fact sheet on probiotics. He continues on to recommend supercharging the good gut guys with prebiotics. Prebiotics “nourish the good bacteria in your gut in order to keep them healthy against the bad bacteria.” Naturally occurring prebiotics are found in honey, bananas, artichokes, onions, garlic, and whole grains. These foods nourish your good gut guy army so they can defend against the bad guys, leaving you with a good gut feeling.