They strengthen the intestinal flora, boost the immune system and make you assimilate the food you eat daily. Probiotics help keep your body healthy over time, and you must learn how to get more out of them.
Possibly you consume them daily without realizing it, or you resort to them when you train intensely, and you need to protect your immune or digestive system.
Also known as “good bacteria,” probiotics are live microorganisms that, when administered in adequate amounts, have beneficial effects on health, facilitating the digestive process, improving the absorption of nutrients, and strengthening the immune system.
This is how they are defined by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
In practice, imagine that millions of bacteria live inside your body, including those in your digestive system, working especially on the absorption of nutrients while preventing you from developing harmful microorganisms when you eat food. Well, these microorganisms would be the probiotics.
But how to incorporate probiotics into your body?
1. Increasing the consumption of foods that have natural probiotics
According to the American site Medical News Today, foods that often contain helpful bacteria and that you can add to your daily diet or before strenuous physical activity are:
- Yogurt is the main source of probiotics that you find in the market.
- Kefir, or bird yogurt, is a fermented drink with probiotic bacteria and yeasts.
- Sauerkraut preparation is generated from the fermentation of cabbage.
- Kombucha is a probiotic drink whose base ingredient is black tea fermented by yeast and bacteria.
- Raw fermented cheeses.
- Raw apple cider vinegar.
- Kimchi is a typical Korean dish that ferments Chinese cabbage, cucumber, radish, and spices.
- Soy products such as natto, miso, or tempeh.
2. Eating food supplements with probiotics
Remember that food supplements are different from medicines and help complement your body’s nutritional needs without replacing a balanced diet.
If you do sports constantly, probiotic supplements contribute to your sports performance. As? Improving the functions of your intestine, reducing gastrointestinal discomfort, and providing a better recovery from fatigue, according to Planeta Triathlon magazine.
When looking for a probiotic supplement, look at its composition. In the blog “What characteristics does a dietary advanced multi-strain formula supplement have in Chile,” we tell you that the Ministry of Health is responsible for classifying whether or not a product is a supplement according to its labeling.
At All Nutrition, you find 3 supplements of this type:
Probiotic Balance 40 Bill 100% vegan supplement that delivers more than 40 billion good bacteria in each dose, stimulating the strengthening of the intestinal flora, the immune system, and digestive health. It collaborates with the absorption of nutrients from food, also achieving better health in general.
Probiotic Complex 20 Bill
Formulated based on four probiotic strains (Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium, Saccharomyces, and Streptococcus), this product creates a gastrointestinal protection barrier that prevents the appearance of organisms capable of causing disease.
Being a complete multivitamin with probiotics, it provides vitamins, minerals, and other nutritional elements that your body needs, in parallel with the balanced diet that you are taking. Within its minerals, some help you in times of stress and/or exhaustion.
What diseases do you prevent by consuming probiotics?
As we already mentioned, the consumption of probiotics strengthens your health by preventing the proliferation of “bad” bacteria in the intestine and increasing the absorption of nutrients such as vitamin B, calcium, and iron.
A publication in the Revista Científica Ciencia Médica indicates that probiotics reduce or improve diseases related to urinary system infections, immunological disorders, some types of cancer, food allergies, and intestinal diseases.
In addition, by influencing how we assimilate nutrients, they help you maintain an optimal weight without problems of obesity, high cholesterol, and hypertension.
On the other hand, some of the factors that negatively affect intestinal flora and, consequently, health are stress, bad eating habits, and antibiotic abuse, making the intake of probiotics a good alternative to treat these conditions without side effects body.
Keep taking care of your health!
To maintain your physical condition, it is key to have a diet with which you achieve a balanced intestinal flora. To help you, probiotics appear as an option, which, as is the meaning of their word, “promote life,” increasing your body’s defenses.
If you want to prevent diseases or if you have a fast pace of life, which sometimes makes it impossible for you to eat as you would like, complement your day with probiotics, yes, it is always advisable that you consult your consumption with an expert nutritionist or doctor.