Here’s how to maximize the benefits of Probiotics to improve your health. What you put on your plate can do a lot to improve your gut microbiome. Research suggests that regularly consuming probiotics may strengthen the gut’s lining.
It is good bacteria that occur naturally in fermented foods and it lowers inflammation throughout the body. It results less damage to your GI tract and fewer stomach problems during exercise. Those microscopic bugs in gut have also been linked to improvements in immunity, lung function, and calcium absorption.
“It’s great to be able to add something to your diet that may actually benefit your gut, and your overall health and performance.” Probiotics occur naturally in fermented dairy products and beverages, such as kimchi, sauerkraut, miso, kombucha, and even sourdough bread.
Supplements may look like an easy way to boost your probiotic intake if you’re not getting enough through food. “Natural sources have the most beneficial bacteria from a digestibility and absorption standpoint,” Crandall says. “Supplements aren’t closely regulated, and their cultures might not be active or easily absorbed for the gut to use.”
If you are going for a supplement then pay attention to dosage. Scientists believe Elite athletes train hard, but their gut bacteria may also give them an edge. Right now they’re trying to reproduce the properties of the pros’ microbiomes so the rest of us may benefit.
“If we’re able to isolate these bacteria and give it to athletes before exercise, maybe we can prime them to be more fit in some way to have less inflammation,” says Jonathan Scheiman, Ph.D.
Theo O’Farrell was born and raised in Summerside. As a journalist Theo has contributed to CBC News Blog, The Calgary Herald and Buzz Feed. In regards to academics, Theo earned his sociology degree from Queens. Theor covers local news and culture stories here at Island Daily Tribune.