Probiotics : It begins in the gut

Probiotics : It begins in the gut

Not all bacteria are harmful to the body. There are good and bad bacteria in our body. Good bacteria like probiotics are beneficial to our health in many ways. Good health needs a proper balance between the good and the bad guys.

Probiotics, also known as the good bacteria, are defined as “living organisms that confer a health benefit to the host when administered in adequate amounts.” Probiotics help to ward off bad bacteria and other pathogens like fungus, yeast and viruses.

Good bacteria residing in our gut are known as microbiome. Gut health directly influences the immune and nervous system as well as our susceptibility to various diseases like respiratory infections, cancer, urogenital infections, obesity, diarrhea, constipation, allergies, lactose intolerance and etc. It also affect our mental and emotional well-being.

In cases of inflammation, good bacteria suppress inflammatory signals but bad bacteria can trigger severe inflammatory results to the affected parts/organs. As the gut and brain functions are interdependent (called as the Gut-Brain Axis), an inflammatory message can be initiated from the gut and travel to the brain; and the brain releases inflammatory signals to the rest of the body. Inflammation is the core of most disease, such as cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, autoimmune dysfunction and others. Therefore it is very important to protect the health of our gut.

In a nutshell, microbiome in your gut acts directly in controlling and manipulating the health of our body. Hence, a healthy gut is vital and a sufficient amount of good bacteria needs to be cultivated in our guts.

The key is — a healthy diet is the best way to healthy gut. This is why probiotics that benefit our health need to be taken on daily basis. Lactobacillus and Bifodobacterium are two common types of probiotic bacteria. On the other hand, prebiotics, a type of non-digestible food ingredient that boost intestinal bacteria growth and activity, improve wellness. A combination of both probiotics and prebiotics is called synbiotics. Generally, these supplements can be found in powdered form, capsules form or chewable tablets.

Here are some tips to prevent compromising your gut health :

  1. Reduce or avoid sugary food because yeast and fungi love them.
  2. Use a water filter that can eliminate chlorine from drinking water as chlorine kills both good and bad bacteria in our gut.
  3. Avoid processed and pasteurized food that are harmful to the good bacteria.
  4. Do not overuse antibiotics medicine as they are killing both good and bad bacteria. Use antibiotics only when necessary and unavoidable.

Always take care of your gut and it will take care of your health. The more good bacteria in your gut, the lower chances your health deteriorate. Find out more>> Battalion HU58™





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