Submitted by Marina Hodson
Have you had your bacteria today?
I think it is generally safe to say that bacteria are something we choose to avoid, wash away or disinfect against, but bacteria does not have to be a dirty word.
Studies have shown that there are countless health benefits associated with consuming microorganisms such as probiotics, if you are not already familiar with these, they include….
Improved digestive health and maintained balance between good and bad gut bacteria and the prevention and treatment of diarrhea associated with antibiotic use and travelling.
One of the more surprising findings was that consuming Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus for 1-2 months was shown to improve anxiety, depression, OCD and even autism.
Improvement of allergies and skin conditions such as eczema. These benefits even extended to children born to women who took probiotics during pregnancy.
Not surprisingly, probiotics improved digestive conditions such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.
By promoting the production of natural antibodies, probiotics were shown to improve immune system response and to reduce both the likelihood and severity of respiratory and urinary tract infections.
Additionally, the right probiotics were found to aid in weight loss and reduce belly fat.
As well as the above benefits, consumption has been linked to colon cancer prevention and reduction in yeast infections. So if you have joined the ranks of the converted, how can you find your favorite good bacteria? The most commonly known source of course is yoghurt, however if that doesn’t strike your fancy other fermented products high in probiotics or lactic acid bacteria include Kefir, Kombucha, Miso soup and even sauerkraut. Of course, you can always choose a store bought supplement instead if these foods don’t appeal.
So embrace some bacteria in your diet and enjoy the many health benefits.
Your friends at the Kawartha North FHT