What is a PROBIOTIC and what's all the fuss?!
Years ago, I began taking a probiotic without really even knowing what it does. I suffered from loads of stomach pain, gas, bloating and so on. You name a stomach ailment, I had it. This was part of my life. I didn't know any different than having stomach issues. It was my normal. So I thought taking a probiotic would "balance" my tummy issues and POOF they would all go away. NOT THE CASE!
By definition, a probitioc is:
denoting a substance that stimulates the growth of microorganisms, especially those with beneficial properties (such as those of the intestinal flora).
WEB MD's explanation of a probiotic is:
"Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your health, especially your digestive system. We usually think of these as germs that cause diseases. But your body is full of bacteria, both good and bad. Probiotics are often called "good" or "helpful" bacteria because they help keep your gut healthy"
As a health coach, my easy-to-understand explanation of a probiotic is:
Our gut has good and bad bacteria floating around. Throughout our every day lives, we do most of the following:
Eat foods with preservatives, take antibiotics, consume pesticides from our fruits and vegetables, inhale chem trails from airplanes, eat a lot of beef, consume a lot of alcohol and so on. All of these things and many more are killing our "good bacteria". The good bacteria in our tummies is essential to digestion, metabolism, and a healthy immune system. When we deplete our good bacteria, our bodies have a hard time keeping us healthy and operating to their optimum levels. We get infections, we have upset stomachs, we can't sleep, we develop autoimmune diseases, we get headaches, we have anxiety etc.
By taking a daily probiotic, you are replenishing that good bacteria in your gut; aiding in a better functioning system you call your body! Everyone should take a probiotic today; even babies and children. Products have come so far, and with the society we live in now, we are all depleting our good bacteria every single day.
When buying a probiotic, you really do get what you pay for. You want your CFU's to be over 10 billion. The more CFU's, the more expensive the bottle. And make sure to keep your probiotic in the fridge. They have live cultures and keeping them in the fridge will help them stay active.
I hope this helps. Get your family on board and take a probiotic every day! Thanks for reading and please share your success stories!
Grateful Every Day!