What are Probiotics?
Probiotics, such as acidophilus, are defined as microorganisms that are beneficial for the human host.
The digestive tract is home to trillions of microorganisms; some of these are beneficial, some are harmful, and some are neutral. The term 'probiotics' describes the beneficial microorganisms which, amongst other actions, help to crowd out harmful bacteria in order to keep us healthy. This is important because more than 70% of the body's immune defences are thought to be based in the gut.
Probiotic species Bacillus subtilis, Lactococcus lactis and Bifidobacterium breve. A healthy balance of probiotics in the gut is important for good digestion, immunity, & energy levels.
What do probiotics do?
Probiotics support digestive health by producing specific enzymes needed in the digestion of food and aiding the break down of foods substances. Probiotics also improve the absorption of vitamins & minerals into the bloodstream, and even produce B complex vitamins & vitamin K.
Probiotics support immunity by stimulating the body’s natural defences, and by lining the intestines with a protective layer of friendly bacteria that bars pathogenic substances in the gut from harming the body. As two-thirds of the body's immune system is managed in the gut, it may be important to keep one's probiotic levels high.
Are Probiotics the same as Prebiotics?
Probiotics are related to, but not the same as, prebiotics. Prebiotics are fibres which stimulate the growth of probiotics. See What are Prebiotics? for further information.
A Delicate Balance
Disruptions to the balance of probiotics in the gut can compromise the beneficial roles that they play in the body. People with an imbalance of probiotics and pathogens in the gut (known as 'dysbiosis') may experience poor digestion, lowered natural immunity and a large variety of conditions such as:
- Low Energy Levels
- Poor Immunity
- Gas or Bloating
- Food intolerances or Allergies
- Acne and/or Eczema
- Indigestion, Heartburn
- Constipation or Diarrhoea
- Thrush and/or Candida Overgrowth
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
Research has shown probiotic supplementation to be an effective way of supporting a healthy gut.
The Benefits of OptiBac Probiotics
The OptiBac Probiotics range is unique in that we use specific probiotic strains to target specific health conditions. Our products provide a healthy alternative to the often sugary probiotic yoghurt drinks, and in terms of billions are stronger than the majority of probiotic supplements on the market. The range is all natural, and free from nasty additives & preservatives. So consider recommending OptiBac Probiotics next time you are talking about the importance of gut bacteria.
So now you know what probiotics are, read 5 Reasons OptiBac Probiotics are the Best!