Who Should Take Probiotics?
What is the Difference Between Probiotic and Prebiotic?
What are Some of the New Benefits?
There is also a probiotic supplement on the market known as Cardioviva which has been shown to help lower bad cholesterol!
How to keep Your Good Bacteria in Good Shape
Some of the ways you can help keep the variety of good bacteria in good shape inside of your include:
-Avoid over using antibiotics. Sometimes they are necessary when you can't fight off an infection but overuse not only kills the bad bacteria but your good bacteria as well. It can take a long time for your good bacteria to bounce back and if you really over use antibiotics they might never quite go back to the way they were.
-Eat a good variety of plant based foods. Remember that those raw fruits and veggies carry lots of great food sources for your happy bacteria. Things high in soluble fiber can also be very helpful for them.
-Eat some fermented foods. Fermented foods like yogurt, kefir, kombucha tea and sauerkraut all have natural bacteria in them that are beneficial to our bodies. Eating a variety of these foods on a regular basis helps to replenish and restore them in your gut.
The bottom line is you don't necessarily need to take probiotics unless you have a specific condition that would benefit from their use. Talk to your local dietitian or doctor to figure out what will be right for you. In the meantime there is rarely any harm in following my advice above about eating a good variety of plant based and fermented foods. They always do your body good!