Hi there and welcome back to my probiotics blog, This is your online advice website to guide you if you got any issues with your gut health and overall wellbeing. Before I dive into today's article, make sure to subscribe to my blog.
So with that said, let's dive into today's article. Perhaps you've asked yourself, do I need to take probiotics? What kind of probiotics do I need to take and what are actually probiotics good for? If that is the case, then this is the perfect article for you.
With that said, let's just back up a bit and just first talk about, what are probiotics? These are essentially healthy gut bacteria, but the healthy gut bacteria actually needs to earn the title probiotic to be considered a probiotic. And there are a few criteria that it needs to fulfil in order to get that title. First of all, they need to be alive, they need to be present in large numbers, and they also need to have evidence of a health benefit.
If they do fill these three, then it's a probiotic and then you might be asking, why or what are healthy gut bacteria actually good for. First of all, it's just essential for overall gut health, but they also do some amazing specific things. So for one thing, they actually can support the production of certain vitamins. For example, vitamin K and also a few different B vitamins and they can also support the production of neurotransmitters such as serotonin, which is our happy hormone. Just a little fun fact on the side.
90% of serotonin of our happy hormones are actually produced in the gut. That's a quite incredible number. And apart from that, healthy gut bacteria also support our immune system. It also supports gut movements and overall gut function. It can help to balance blood sugar level and control appetite and also prevent the invasion of bad gut bacteria. With that said, we do need some bad bacteria in our gut.
But we just want to make sure that the healthy gut bacteria population has the majority down there. And you might be aware of the fact that there are probiotic supplements. But I always advise starting from the plate. And especially in this case where there are so many amazing probiotic foods, also known as fermented foods. Just a few examples you have things like natto, tempeh, miso, kombucha and sauerkraut just to, to give a few examples.
Also, there are fermented foods, and not only do they add new healthy gut bacteria, but they also come loaded with something known as prebiotics, which are fibres that essentially feed the existing healthy gut bacteria. And if that's not enough, there are also fermented foods. They also add diversity into your diet, which is another thing that your healthy gut bacteria absolutely loves.
So what about probiotic supplements? Do you really need to take them? As a general guideline, if you are healthy you typically don't need to take a probiotic supplement, but if you're going through and struggling with gut disorders such as let's say IBS or candida it might be advisable for you to take a probiotic supplement. But with that said, what's really important here is that you know, what kind of probiotic supplement to take for your specific symptoms.
Otherwise, you might just be wasting money on a probiotic supplement that simply doesn't do anything for you. With that said, it's important to first establish what your symptoms are and then choose a probiotic supplement based on that. Here are some of the best probiotics in the UK you get them online. They have some really great information to choose the top quality products as well as advice on why you need it, for how long will you take it and when do you need probiotics.
For example, if you have IBS or any other gut disorder then you can't just buy random probiotics. You need to be specific according to your need and issues in your gut. So with that said, I hope that this short and sweet article answered some of your questions that you may have had around probiotics.
Why Your Gut Loves Probiotics and Prebiotics
First of all find out the difference between probiotics and prebiotics, why our guts really love these two. And I'm also going to share a few different kinds of foods you can implement to get more of the probiotics as well as the prebiotics.
Probiotics are good bacteria that are being supplied to our gut, while prebiotics is what actually feeds the good bacteria, so to help them thrive and actually grow in our guts. So why is it then that our guts love probiotics and prebiotics so much? It helps to make sure that the good bacteria in our guts rule down there. We have both good and bad bacteria, which is fine, but we want to make sure that the good ones have the majority down there, and probiotics and prebiotics support that.
And that also enables for the gut to actually carry out its job, which is everything from helping to get the energy from the food we're eating, also absorbing the nutrients and vitamins from the food, as well as also helping to get rid of toxins and waste in our bodies.
Let's talk about food now. Probiotics can mainly be found in fermented foods. Everything from kombucha, tempeh, miso, kimchi and sauerkraut. And of course, you don't have to eat all of these, you can pick, let's say two or three different ones that you like, and that you eat a few times a week. My personal favourites are kombucha and tempeh. In terms of prebiotics, It can be found in most plant-based foods, everything from veggies, fruits, berries, etc. But there are a few food items that have a bit more extra of the prebiotics that includes raw garlic, both raw and cooked onion, raw asparagus and raw banana.
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