Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that live in the gut. Our bodies are like ecosystem with cells, microbes, and even bacteria. Some bacteria can be detrimental to health depending on the strain while others can provide health benefits. If you’ve ever taken an antibiotic, there is a good chance you wiped out all of the healthy bacteria leaving an unhealthy gut flora. To restore balance of bacteria, eating fermented foods or taking probiotics on a regular basis is recommended. Fermented food can also treat candida which is a cause of many health problems and bad breath. The fermentation process is what creates these helpful bacteria so there are many different kinds of foods that can contribute to a better gut flora. Some probiotics foods are Kimchi, Kefir, Sauerkraut, kombucha, pickles, miso, tempeh, natto, raw cheese, and yogurt.
Absorption of essential nutrients
is a unique ability of probiotics. Vitamins like B12 and minerals such as iron and magnesium can be absorbed better and this is especially important for plant based eaters considering many of them do not eat enough meat that contains iron and vitamin B12. Magnesium is required for more than 300 chemical processes so it’s important to optimize the absorption of this crucial nutrient. They also help with the absorption of fatty acids and glucose.
Maintain proper bodily functions
Probiotics have the ability to modulate the immune system allowing for less frequent colds and infections. They can also maintain healthy bowel movements and regulates bile creation and gastric secretion. Probiotics are also often the first line of defense, monitoring what comes into the body.
They also produce essential nutrients
such as short chain fatty acids, vitamin K2, enzymes, and B-Vitamins. This is a unique ability because they can provide our bodies with these nutrients instead of constantly getting them from other foods. Vitamin K2 is essential for not just blood clotting but it works synergistically with other nutrients for many other biological functions. The enzymes created by probiotics also allows for better digestion of many different kinds of nutrients.
Protection against cancer and pathogens
is something probiotics are known for. They can also protect the gut lining and fights off harmful bacteria. This is because probiotics are known to be immune enhancers. Natural killer cells seek and destroy cancer and with a regulated immune system, they can thrive and do its job properly. Healthy intestinal cells allows for production of molecules that support and boost cell regeneration and probiotics are great for ensuring optimal health of those cells.