Can Your Restore Your Health With A Probiotic?
Have you been told you need to take a probiotic based on symptoms or lack thereof?
Guess what? These unsolicited advice givers are right! The probiotic industry has been going strong for several years. Based on the longevity of this industry and the clear benefits we are seeing among avid probiotic users we can conclude that this is more than a fad but beneficial.
Probiotics are microorganisms we have naturally occurring in our gut. They are colonies of good bacteria that serve beneficial purposes to our overall health. The supplement form of probiotics are necessary to replenish these microorganisms when they have decreased and to balance out the good to bad bacteria ratio.
Why do we need probiotics?
While these microorganisms exist naturally in our gut there are times where we need extra support and for many of us we need ongoing consistent support from outside sources. The most effective way to get these good organisms is through supplement form.
There are many reasons that probiotic supplementation may be necessary to keep the good and bad bacteria in balance. Bad bacteria can take over as a result of diet or medication use. When we do not feed the good bacteria we allow it to die off passively. Fiber is known as a prebiotic meaning it feeds the good bacteria to keep it alive.
Oral contraceptives and antibiotics are known to decrease and kill off the good gut bacteria allowing the bad to grow. It is thought that when prescribing an antibiotic doctors should also suggest the use of probiotics alongside it to support gut bacteria.
Types of Probiotics
Not every probiotic is created equal. These supplements vary greatly in strain, quality, and form. Before selecting a probiotic you should make yourself familiar with your options.
Species – There are two primary species of probiotics that are commercially used in supplements and fortified foods. Those two species are Bifidobacteria and Lactobacillus. Bifidobacteria are known to support immune health, breakdown lactose into useable forms, and inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria. Lactobacilusis a useful bacteria that produces lactase which is the enzyme that breaks down lactose.
Strains – Strains are genetic subtypes of probiotic species and each has a unique effect in the body. The most common strains used in supplements are B. animalis, B. breve, B. lactis, L. acidophilus, and L. reuteri.
Shelf Stable – Of the many species and strains of probiotics they also come in different forms; shelf stable or refrigerated. Shelf stable probiotics do not require refrigeration because they have generally been freeze dried. Because probiotics are living microorganisms they must be alive when ingested. Freeze dried forms become active once ingested.
Refrigerated – This form of probiotic is not freeze dried or shelf stable. These are live bacteria that must be kept refrigerated. They are just as effective, and some think more effective, than the shelf stable versions. Whether you use shelf stable or refrigerated probiotics there are pros and cons to both and the most important factor is whether you get the strains that are right for you.
Sources of probiotics include: yogurt, kefir, buttermilk, kimchi, miso and more.
Benefits of probiotics
We all have a unique composition of gut bacteria, much like our fingerprints. The important aspect of these microorganisms is that the good outweight the bad. These over 100 trillion organisms living in our gut are responsible for a host of important actions to our health. They aid in digestion, help to extract the nutrients out of food, aid in nutrient absorption, support the immune system, reduce and prevent inflammation, ease skin ailments, reduce autoimmune diseases, defend against urinary and vaginal infections, among so many other roles.
The gut microbiome is so important that it is suggested to prevent type 1 diabetes in children. This form of diabetes is linked to inflammation in the intestines due to an imbalance in these bacteria.
Beauty starts within.
Codeage Women's SBO Probiotic is an all-in-one premium probiotic + prebiotic supplement featuring 18 specifically targeted strains of probiotics delivering 50 Billion CFUs.
Prebiotics and probiotics are both essential for our gut, however, they play different roles for our body. Probiotics are live bacteria found in certain foods and supplements. Prebiotics come from types of carbs (mostly fiber) that we humans cannot digest. The beneficial bacteria in our guts eats this fiber. Eating a balanced amount of both pro and prebiotic can help manage the balance of these bacteria in your body. The good bacteria in our bodies may help protect from certain harmful bacteria and fungi. Many of the microorganisms in prebiotics or probiotics are the same or maybe similar to microorganisms that naturally live in our bodies.
Codeage Women's Probiotic is a complete natural probiotic for women featuring a potent blend of Ayurvedic and botanical herbs. We also included red Clover, sage and bitter fennel, known for their antibacterial properties. Our blend also includes cranberries for overall feminine health.
We designed Women's SBO Probiotic exclusively for feminine health. Strains of probiotics are essential for vaginal balance. More than 50 different tiny organisms (microbiomes) live inside the vagina. Many of these types of bacteria are called lactobacilli. These bacterias help keep the vagina healthy and free of infections. However, sometimes women may experience a lack of these microbiomes and that can cause an imbalance in the vagina. This can result in discomfort in the vagina. This is why we have formulated the Women's SBO Probiotic, which is the ideal solution for feminine health.
Women and probiotics
For women in particular probiotics are of unique importance. As mentioned previously they can help defend against yeast and urinary tract infections, but they go beyond just these two conditions. It is thought that healthy gut bacteria can increase fertility. The benefits go beyond internal by also helping with healthy skin. Women may also find the decrease in bloating as a result of probiotic supplementation to be a nice by-product of their use.
The use of probiotics seems to support just about every area of health. They are useful as a preventative and a treatment alike. Why wait until you need to treat a condition that could have been prevented by implementing a probiotic into your current health regimen?