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The Benefits of Probiotics and Why You Need Them


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Probiotic Benefits

You have no doubt heard of probiotics by now, but what are they exactly and what are the benefits? Read on to find out why probiotics are worth a look

Each of us has microorganisms living in our gastrointestinal tracts. For optimal health, these beneficial microorganisms must stay in balance. Ideally, you want large numbers of friendly flora to help deter the bad ones (pathogenic fungi, such as Candida and E. coli) from taking root or overpopulating your intestines. Probiotics are beneficial bacteria you can ingest to aid your body in this fight.

In a perfect world, we would all be born with tons of friendly bacteria in our bodies and we would keep them our whole lives. Depending on the health and lifestyle of your birth mother, you may or may not have been born with optimal flora. Even if you were born with large numbers of friendly bacteria, most likely much of them have been decimated by the time you’re an adult. So many things can harm or obliterate good bacteria in our bodies, such as use of antibiotics or steroids, alcohol, stress, pregnancy, toxic metals, high carbohydrate diets, and chlorine. Once the good bacteria are gone or insufficient in number, you’re vulnerable to multiple undesirable diseases and conditions, including Candida overgrowth, food poisoning, viruses, and even cancer. So how do you help defend yourself against these problems? You add probiotics to your diet.

Probiotics are naturally found in fermented foods like kefir, sauerkraut, and yogurt. Probiotic foods also include microalgae (like spirulina or chlorella). There are numerous probiotic supplements you could consider adding to your daily regimen as well. Probiotic supplements come in many forms: powders, capsules, tablets, chocolates, and drinks. Some are refrigerated and some are not, so you can decide which works best for you. Once you begin adding probiotics to your diet, you’ll most likely have some very pleasant side effects. Frequent users often report probiotic benefits to include weight loss, increased regularity, improved immune system function, less frequent instances of infections (yeast infections, athlete's foot, UTIs, and jock itch), and decreased sugar cravings. So what are you waiting for? Add some probiotics to your diet today, and watch your health soar!

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