2000 years ago Hippocrates said, “All disease begins in the gut.” Today, centuries later, it turns out he was right.
Our immune system was first to come up with the idea to use bacteria supporting our defense system. These bacteria or Probiotics which means “for life,” hold the key, not just for healthy digestion but plays a critical role in strengthening our immune system, mental health and preventing many health conditions ranging from allergies to autism, according to new scientific research.
“Many people with health issues such as thyroid imbalances, chronic fatigue, joint pain, psoriasis, autism, and many other conditions do not realize that these illnesses originate in the gut.” according to Dr. Josh Axe, BENEFITS, FOODS AND SUPPLEMENTS Probiotics Benefits. (accessed July 19, 2016)
The highest concentration of this good bacteria is found in our gut, referred to as intestinal flora. Your digestive system by themselves colonizes about 100 trillion bacteria of different species. Yes! It is 10x times more bacteria than your own body cells.
Our gastrointestinal tract hosts both good and bad bacteria. Experts say that the harmony of gut flora should be approximately 85% beneficial bacteria and 15% harmful bacteria.
If this falls out of balance, the condition is known as dysbiosis, in simple language, it means there is an imbalance of too much of a particular kind of fungus, yeast or bacteria that is affecting negatively on the body.
By consuming the particular variety of probiotics foods and supplements, you can support bring these ratios back into balance.
Fermented food is the richest source of natural probiotics. I always recommend having the probiotic-rich diet. To start with here is list of beneficial probiotic food.
Yogurt or Greek Yogurt – Try to add one bowl of good organic or homemade yogurt with every meal. It contains live cultures which are very beneficial for one’s digestive tract.
Raw Cheese – Are high in probiotics, including. Just remember to buy raw and not thermophillus and pasteurised.bulgaricus, acidophilus, bifudus.
Also Sourdough Bread, Kefir and Sour Pickles.
Going for Probiotic Supplements
Apart from being found in the diet, probiotics come in supplements in capsule, tablet, powder, and liquid forms. When buying a probiotic supplement look for high CFU count that should be from 15 billion to 100 billion in the count. Also, the Strain Diversity has to be 10 to 30 different stains.