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Probiotics: Essential Good Bacteria For Maintaining Health

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| February 2 , 2018 , 14:13 IST

For most people, the mention of probiotics conjures up images of yogurt or probiotic milk, but don’t dismiss the microbes as a marketing gimmick. The latest probiotic research suggests that live-active bacterias can help to prevent and treat a wide variety of ailments.

When you take antibiotics, you lose the "good" bacteria in your body and probiotics can help replace them. Also, they help balance good and bad bacteria to keep your body working the way it should.

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Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for your health, especially your digestive system. We usually think of bacteria as germs that cause disease, but our body is full of bacteria, hence we need ‘good bacteria’ i.e. probiotics to keep our gut healthy.

Some rich probiotic foods are, fermented vegetables, pickles, lassi, yogurt, cheese, traditional buttermilk,etc. 

The word "probiotic" is a made up of two Greek words: "pro," to signify promotion and "biotic," which means life, It’s definition is something that affirms life and health. That's true even by modern standards: the World Health Organization defines a probiotic as any living micro-organism that has a health benefit when ingested.

People have reported probiotic effectiveness for healing problems in other parts of the body. Here are some benefits of consuming probiotics:

  • Reduces the severity of Allergies and Eczema (skin disease)
  • Ensures urinary and vaginal health
  • Prevents allergies and colds
  • Treats and prevents Diarrhea
  • Improves and supplements mental health conditions
  • Keeps your heart healthy
  • Improves digestion
  • Boosts your immune dystem
  • Helps in losing weight and belly fat