Hearing about bacteria and microorganisms, we think “Ewww!” because attention has always been on the “bad” bacteria, I mean those that cause diseases and negative stuffs like that. Well, let’s get to know about the “good“ bacteria known as PROBIOTICS.
Probiotics are bacteria that line the digestive tract and support your body’s ability to absorb nutrients and fight infections. The gut has these bacteria as much as ten times the number of cells in the whole body. Your gut contains both beneficial and harmful bacteria. The balance of these bacteria must be maintained at about 85% good and 15% bad, according to digestive experts.
This ratio getting out of balance results in a condition known as dysbiosis, meaning there is an imbalance of too much of a certain type of fungus, yeast or bacteria which affects the body in a negative way. By consuming certain types of probiotics foods and supplements, you can help bring these ratios back into balance. Probiotics are basically found in fermented foods but the recent craze about the use of refrigerator has allowed for little or no fermentation of foods.
In order to keep a wonderful balance between the “good” and “bad”, you should do well to avoid:
– sugar (you can always use honey 😋)
– Antibiotics (you don’t have to be sick in the first instance). Antibiotics in doing well by killing the “bad” bacteria also kill the “good” bacteria. It’s a pity, right?
– Chemicals and medications
The benefits of PROBIOTICS include:
- Prevention of urinary tract infections
- improving digestive function
- healing inflammatory bowel conditions
- managing and preventing eczema in children
- fighting food-borne illnesses
- Improving the immune system
There is also some research to show they help with problems in other parts of your body. For example, some people say they have helped with:
- Skin conditions, like eczema
- Urinary and vaginal health
- Preventing allergies and colds
- Oral health
To wrap it up, take lots and lots of fermented foods such as yoghurt, raw cheese, locust beans (iru), Ogiri e.t.c. There are also probiotic supplements to take. At the end, prevention is always better than cure.