The Benefits of Probiotics: Support your microbiome through your diet

The Benefits of Probiotics: Support your microbiome through your diet

Your microbiome is made up of a vast colony of microorganisms including bacteria and yeasts and probably other organisms that are critical to good digestion, a strong immune system, brain health and vitality.

You can support your microbiome through your diet by eating a lot of fresh vegetables, fiber rich foods and fermented foods.  Kimchee, sauerkraut, certain pickles, yogurt, kefir and other foods are good examples of probiotic rich foods. However, people with histamine issues or bacterial overgrowth in their small intestines may not tolerate these foods.

When the microbiome is out of sync, it can cause a number of symptoms. Probiotics, made up of bacteria and yeasts that are key players in your microbiome, can help restore balance in the microbiome.

If you have recently taken antibiotics or are planning on getting a vaccine, traveling or getting surgery, probiotic supplements are a great way to support your general health and reduce the likelihood of yeast overgrowth, immune reactions or gastrointestinal illness from unfamiliar foods. Probiotics are often helpful for people with allergies, skin irritations and digestive problems as they improve tolerance to the environment.

The most common probiotics on the market are lactobacillus and bifidobacter, but there are many combinations of bacteria and yeast from different products. If you are experiencing more gas or bloating or other gastrointestinal symptoms from a probiotic that you are taking, switch to a new one to see if you get better results.

People who are severely immunosuppressed like those who are undergoing intense cancer treatments or have immunosuppressive infections, premature infants should not take probiotics without a doctor’s supervision.


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