GOOD GUT BACTERIA: A GOOD IDEA
Did you know that microorganisms have been with us the moment we breathe life into this world? In a normal spontaneous delivery scenario, a newborn acquires bacteria from the mother when the baby passes through the birth canal. These microorganisms I am pertaining to are specifically termed as probiotics. Derived from the Greek words “pro” and “biotic” meaning “promoting life”, probiotics are the protagonists that fight against the villains (bad bacteria) in our body. They are the “good”, “helpful”, and “friendly” bacteria that keep your gut in its healthy state.
How come they are called good bacteria? Probiotics are called as such for a number of reasons:
- Antibiotics can kill the bad microorganisms that cause maladies and harm to our body. They don’t only destroy the bad ones; the good bacteria are also included. When you lose the good bacteria, probiotics can restore the natural balance and maintain the gut barrier function.
- Probiotics assist in digesting food by helping move food through your gut and shuttles food through your intestines. The healthy balance of bacteria improves gastrointestinal motility.
- They destroy disease-causing microorganisms and help produce vitamins.
- They may help women lose weight faster. Browse The Beta Switch for the ideal weight loss program for women.
- Probiotics may help control high blood pressure by lowering the low-density lipoprotein or the bad cholesterol in the body. Also, probiotics has a role in the regulation of the hormone system which regulates blood pressure and fluid balance.
- They directly inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria that produces toxic substances resulting to illness. If your digestive tract is healthy and has timely and proper filtering and elimination of toxins, chemicals and other damage-causing waste products is carried out by the body.
- Probiotics also has a role in helping the endocrine system. The endocrine system consists of glands responsible for the regulation and production of hormones, including estrogen and testosterone. This is significant especially for men who want to keep their partners satisfied in bed. However, because of the existence of endocrine disruptors, the hormones in the body become confused. Probiotics may expedite the removal of these disruptors via excretion.
- In relation to the hormone function, probiotics also show vital role in maintaining your cortisol levels. Too much of the stress hormone may cause weight gain, type II diabetes mellitus, and the dreaded erectile dysfunction among men. For the fitness buff, high cortisol levels are also associated with excessive breakdown of protein, meaning increased muscle breakdown.
There really are many bacteria lingering in our bodies. But if they’re in the right place, they are considered as normal flora. Once these bacteria enter the wrong place, they become opportunistic and can cause health problems. This is where our lead character kicks in – the probiotics. Sources of probiotics are ubiquitous. You may find them in a variety of foods, beverages, and dietary supplements labeled with “live and active cultures”. Seek your doctor’s advice regarding the appropriate probiotics for your case. Provide your health care provider the whole picture on how you manage your health for a more coordinated and safe care.