PROBIOTICS: Proper bowel function…and not only that!

Probiotics are friendly bacteria, i.e. live microorganisms, that live normally in the stomach and are necessary for the functioning of the body. They are found in various foods or nutritional supplements, supporting the good functioning of the body in several ways and preventing the appearance of many diseases.

Their name is not accidental. The word probiotics is a combination of “pro” and “bio” and indicates their health-promoting, life-promoting properties.

How do probiotics “work”?

The role of probiotics is to preserve the intestinal flora and maintain the balance between “good” and “bad” microorganisms in our digestive tract.

In this way they ensure the smooth functioning of the digestive system, protect it and keep it healthy… and since our digestive system is considered as the second brain it is very important to keep it healthy.

In our digestive tract, there are both pathogenic (bad) and non-pathogenic (good) bacteria. Therefore, it is important for the health of our body to have a balance between “good” and “bad” bacteria.

Foods rich in probiotics are:

  • Yoghurt
  • Dark chocolate
  • Peas
  • Sauerkraut
  • Wine
  • Beer
  • Olives
  • Kefir
  • Pickles
  • Sour milk
  • Sour fat trachana
  • Soft matured cheeses

Contamination by parasites and bacteria, food poisoning, taking medications such as antibiotics, various digestive problems, hormonal imbalances, stress, but also changing our eating habits due to travel are all factors that can disturb this balance and lead to the appearance of intestinal disorders.


What are prebiotics?

Many times, we confuse probiotics with prebiotics. Let’s see their differences.

Prebiotics, unlike probiotics, are non-living organisms that contribute to the growth and maintenance of bacteria already present in the intestinal flora. In a few words, prebiotics are the food of probiotics!

So, we can get prebiotics if we regularly consume:

  • Banana
  • Apple
  • Oats
  • Cocoa
  • Barley
  • Garlic
  • Onion
  • Artichokes
  • Leeks
  • Asparagus
  • Radishes

When is it necessary to take probiotics?

Research shows that probiotics are necessary to restore balance in the intestinal area and prevent various ailments. Therefore, it is recommended to take them in the following cases:

  • When receiving antibiotic treatment, both during and after.
  • When there are disorders in the intestine, such as constipation, diarrhea, traveler’s diarrhea, gastroenteritis, irritable bowel syndrome, diverticulitis, bloating, indigestion, etc.
  • When disorders of the urinary system appear, such as cystitis, vaginal bacterial infections, sinusitis, fungal infections, etc.
  • When food intolerance disorders are observed, such as lactose intolerance.
  • When our immune system is weak.
  • When someone suffers from vitamin deficiency or vitamin malabsorption due to intestinal dysfunction, such as celiac disease, food intolerance, etc.
  • When the skin is dull or has acne problem.
  • During pregnancy and breastfeeding, according to the doctor’s instructions.

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