Probiotics – What Are Probiotics – Probiotics And Healthy Gut Bacteria – What Do Probiotics Do
In this video I discuss what are probiotics, and some of the health benefits of probiotics. I also discuss some probiotic foods, and probiotics benefits for diarrhea.
What are probiotics? Probiotics are microorganisms or, good, live bacteria, that are beneficial to your health, especially your digestive system.
In our body’s intestinal tract, bacteria, also known as gut flora, live. They are beneficial to the body in many ways, as part of their metabolism they produce vitamins B and K, they stimulate enzymes that breakdown certain food components, they help reduce the amount of feces, and they help the immune system by promoting the formation of antibodies. In fact, the weight of excreted fecal matter is comprised of at least 1/3rd of these bacteria.
Many foods that go through a fermentation process contain natural probiotics. Fermentation is a metabolic process where sugar is converted to acids, gases or alcohol. Some of These foods include yogurt, some aged cheeses such as Gouda, mozzarella, cheddar and cottage cheese. Sauerkraut, tempeh, which is a fermented soybean product, and kombucha, which is a black or green tea drink.
Probiotics are also sold as a dietary supplement, which contain strains of these microorganisms.
Some of the benefits associated with probiotics include reducing diarrhea, especially antibiotic-associated diarrhea, they may help enhance immune responses, treating irritable bowel syndrome, and they can help overall digestive function.
It is believed that probiotics may also lower blood pressure, it can be beneficial to dental health, help with some skin conditions, improve vaginal health, and it may be beneficial for brain function in easing anxiety and depression. More scientific research needs to be done to truly validate all of the possible health benefits associated with probiotics.