Last Updated on January 2, 2021 by Lori Geurin
Probiotics are the good stomach bacteria. There are many reasons to add them to your eating plan or take them as a supplement. They’re best known for affecting the health of the digestive tract. Did you know that when your gut health is poor it can destroy the delicate balance within your body? Plus, p
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The Impact Of GMOs On Your Gut Health
Our modern diets are often full of packaged and preserved foods. GMOs, or genetically modified organisms, are used to make these processed foods. Unfortunately, GMOs destroy probiotics or the “good bacteria” in your gut.
As a result, it’s important to replace the probiotics in your body because of the damage these artificial foods can cause over time.
I first heard about probiotic supplements a few years ago. I was diagnosed with Sjogren’s and mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD), both autoimmune conditions. At the time my body was worn down from fighting untreated Lyme disease. If I’d known how important probiotics were before, I would have started taking them years ago!
So, whether you have a chronic illness or you’re completely healthy, probiotics are important. They can help almost anyone. Below I’ve listed seven ways probiotics can prevent disease and improve your health.
7 Reasons To Take Probiotics And Include Them In Your Eating Plan
- They can help prevent autoimmunity and allergic reactions (1).
- Probiotics are good for treating diarrhea, which can be caused by taking antibiotics.
- They can help reduce anxiety and depression. Dr. Gershon refers to the gut as our “second brain.”
- Probiotics destroy harmful bacteria (Helicobacter pylori ) which cause ulcers. They can also reduce the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS.
- They can lower cholesterol, which could help prevent cardiovascular disease (2).
- Probiotics can also lower the number of cancer-causing enzymes.
Impressive, right? Next, let’s look at some real food sources of probiotics.
Good Sources Of Probiotics
- kefir, a fermented milk drink
- yogurt with active or live cultures – be sure to read the label
- kombucha, a fermented tea
- kimchi, a spicy fermented Korean cabbage dish
- some cheeses, including mozzarella and cheddar – check for active or live cultures on the package
- pickles fermented in salt (not vinegar)
- miso, a Japanese soybean paste
- sauerkraut – make sure to buy the unpasteurized brands or ferment your own sauerkraut
- probiotic supplements
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Summary – Reasons To Take Probiotics
As you can tell, probiotics are good for digestive health. Plus the other health benefits are pretty great too. You can easily get probiotics by eating any of the foods listed above.
You may also decide you want to learn how to make your own fermented foods. It’s fun and affordable too! I make homemade kombucha and prefer it to the store-bought flavors.
Please note that if you take probiotic supplements, take them in the morning an hour before breakfast, on an empty stomach. Or you can take them two hours after eating dinner.
Also, you can learn more about probiotics here: What Are Probiotics And Where Can I Find Them?
What benefits have you noticed from taking probiotics? Do you have any tips to share?
Please comment below. I’d love to hear about your experience.
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