If you are trying to make a move toward a healthier lifestyle in 2016, you may already be starting to feel the benefits of a healthier diet, more exercise and other things you are doing to promote overall wellbeing. If you think you have the main things – what you eat, how much you move, and getting enough sleep – under control, now is a good time to look at how you can further improve your health and look and feel even better by making some other small changes.
Adding a probiotic to your diet, whether you choose to do it with yoghurt drinks, supplement tablets like Ortho Molecular probiotics, or by using other products with live bacteria cultures in them (like fermented drinks), taking a probiotic regularly is great for your digestive health, and may even have other benefits in other parts of the body.
What Are Probiotics?
You may see probiotics advertised a lot, and be aware that they are supposed to be good, but what actually are they? Probiotics are products that contain live bacteria from strains that normally exist in your digestive tract. These bacteria perform a helpful role in digestion and in keeping the balance between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ bacteria in your body correct. By taking supplements or drinks that add new ‘friendly’ bacteria into your body, you can take care of these cultures, so that they can take better care of you!
Why Take Supplements If the Bacteria Already Live in Your Body?
You may wonder, given that you already should have helpful bacteria living in your gut, why you would need to take a probiotic. There are several reasons. Firstly, your own ecosystem of bacteria can be affected by a lot of things, so if you have been ill recently or taken antibiotics, your friendly bacteria may have depleted, leading to digestive health issues. Another reason is that there are countless strains of the lactobacillus and bifidobacterium bacteria types that you need, and some have been shown to provide particular benefits. By specifically introducing the most beneficial types of bacteria, you can get a better gut flora culture. A third reason to take probiotics is if you are experiencing any digestive problems like bloating, constipation, indigestion, or a general feeling of sluggishness – a lot of the time, these things can be addressed or fixed by adding a probiotic to your diet.
Do I Need to Take a Probiotic Every Day?
Some probiotics are designed so that you take a course of them, for example for 14 days, and repeat this every couple of months. Others are supposed to be taken every day. Because, unlike when you take other supplements like vitamins, you are actually adding live cultures to your body, you need to take probiotics for the period recommended by the manufacturer to get the benefits as this will be what is needed to establish the bacteria in your body and maintain the culture.
Adding probiotics is a very easy way towards better health, so why not add them to your healthy living regimen?