Probiotic rich foods for inner health

Probiotics are bacteria and yeasts that thrive in our digestive system. Although, bacteria have acquired a bad connotation due to associated diseases, our digestive system is full of good bacteria that support smooth digestion of food in a symbiotic relationship. Probiotics are good bacteria that naturally occur in our body or introduced through probiotic rich foods such as yogurt, sour pickles, gouda cheese and sauerkraut or various forms of probiotic tablet supplements. Probiotics are mainly classified as Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium. Lactobacillus is the most common probiotics that occur in yogurt and fermented food articles. These probiotics belong to different species, but they provide a very instrumental role in supporting digestion and preventing diarrhea. Bifidobacterium is also found in dairy products and help in easing different types of irritable bowel syndrome.

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Why are probiotic rich foods needed for inner health?

Although, yogurt has been traditionally used for promoting good digestive system, modern research on the health implications of probiotics began during the mid 1990s. The researchers believe that probiotics compete with available resources and severely restrict the amount of bad bacteria that produce toxins or cause health problems. They also restore natural balance within your body by propagating good bacteria and minimizing the effects of bad bacteria. Probiotic foods and supplements can be used for treating irritable bowel, infection or inflammatory conditions in the gut and diarrhea. Some researchers have reported that probiotics can also be used for easing skin conditions, preventing allergies, and maintaining oral, urinary or vaginal health. Some experts have also claimed that probiotics can revive or replace the damaged part of the digestive tract. No clinical evidence is available to support their claim, but probiotics can form temporary associations with similar functionality and help the recovery of damaged areas.

Irrespective of these claims, the researchers unanimously agree that probiotic foods or supplements are very instrumental in boosting immunity. Our inner health depends on the health of the digestive system because it can virtually dictate how effectively we can resist infection or fight illness. In fact, about seventy percent of our immune system is located in the digestive tracts where the first line of defense is required against the invading micro-organisms. Probiotics are very instrumental in maintaining the good health of our digestive system, and this is the reason why nutritionists recommend probiotic supplements as part of a balanced diet program.

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A perfect harmony between different systems is required for maintaining good health because the nervous system reinforces a cause and effect relationship between different systems, and problem in your digestive tracts can lead to psychosomatic illnesses. The use of probiotic rich foods or supplements can prevent the buildup of toxins and reduce stress that causes high blood pressure, insomnia and other health complications. When people are stressed due to any reason, cytokines (an immune factor), serotonin (neurotransmitter), and protease (digestive acid) are released, causing gastrointestinal problems. Gastrointestinal issues, in turn, affect their immune system and the harmony for inner health is disrupted.

It has been observed that stress and psychological problems increase the adherence of harmful bacteria to the lining of the digestive system, and the immune system is triggered.  When probiotics were ingested among the rats, the stickiness of bacteria within the stomach cells was significantly reduced, and fewer chances of immune response were noticed. The composition of gut bacteria can affect the response of the brain to a stressful situation. It has been reported that serotonin levels in the brain can be regulated by changing the composition of gut bacteria during the early stages of anxiety and depression.

Most people understand that ‘probiotic rich foods‘ and supplements are very instrumental in restoring the delicate balance of good bacteria in our digestive system to impart immunity and maintain a healthy digestion and metabolism, but only a few of us know that any disruption of this delicate balance in gut bacteria can cause emotional stress and change our perception, cognition and other behaviors. According to a research published in Nature Reviews Neuroscience, probiotics can be very useful in modulating gut bacteria, so that people can benefit from reduced anxiety, stress and depression-like behaviors.


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James Kelly

High Wycombe, Western Australia,6057