-by Melissa Hill, FDN-P | 06/09/2017 |
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Q. What are the benefits of probiotics? Why do we need them?
So, you can see why keeping a healthy inner microbiome is so important. Without enough good guys in there, your health is at risk. This is why you have seen such an increase in the sale of probiotics and talk of eating more fermented foods. We all are in need of some microbiome replenishment and nourishment. So yes, likely you need some probiotics in your daily routine (there are exceptions of course like in the case of SIBO, where good bacteria are taking up residence in areas they shouldn’t be, so feeding them more probiotics could aggravate your symptoms further). There are many ways to get probiotics in and start replenishing your gut. You can get probiotics in a capsule or powder form. Each brand and product will contain different strains and in different amounts. If you do a little research you can find what strains of bacteria might be most beneficial for you and the best delivery method to get them in your body. Another great option that I highly recommend is eating your probiotics in the form of fermented foods. Learn about some of the different kinds here and here. Just like probiotics, there are cases where certain fermented foods might not be the best choice for you (people with histamine intolerance might have trouble with sauerkraut and people with candida overgrowth might not do well with kombucha, for instance). So yes, probiotics are needed and can help keep you healthy -- it’s just important to tune into your body and your unique situation to figure out the best way to incorporate them.
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