Have you walked through health stores or pharmacies and noticed that more foods and drinks have added probiotics - from smoothies and cereals, to granola bars and cookies?
Before you tank your healthy-eating efforts by putting those in your shopping basket, know exactly what probiotics are and the role they play in keeping your body in tip-top shape.
Probiotics and Your Gut
Our gastrointestinal tract (GI), also referred to as our gut, plays a fundamental role in our body by way of the trillions of bacteria found in it - it absorbs nutrients that affect our energy levels, digestion, skin, and hormones. It is also ground zero for our immune system's function. Keeping our gut healthy is thus of paramount importance - and that is where probiotics come in.
Probiotics are live microorganisms, known as the “good bacteria”, that play a peacekeeping role in our gut and keep things in balance. This natural bacteria is often used to restore good bacteria after taking antibiotics, to fix issues with constipation or diarrhoea, and to relieve GI symptoms such as bloating. It is also effective in bolstering immunity and reducing common cold-associated symptoms.
More recently, women are taking probiotics for feminine health. Like our digestive tract, the vagina is teeming with beneficial bacteria and other microorganisms, and any imbalance results in uncomfortable gynaecological conditions. Here, introducing probiotics can help to subdue the symptoms of urinary tract infections, and also ward off vaginal yeast infections by keeping the vaginal microbiome in balance.
While naturally-occurring probiotics can be found in fermented foods and drinks such as miso, tempeh and yoghurt, a more convenient way for you to add probiotics to your diet is in chew form. Household name Kordel’s, for instance, has an award-winning, once-daily, vanilla and cranberry flavoured Cranberry Probiotics especially for women.
By using innovative technology, a blend of six beneficial bacteria strains with prebiotics is stabilised and contained in a smooth, creamy, flavourful, and sugar-free chew. Meanwhile, the addition of cranberry extract helps to support genitourinary tract health.
To ensure that probiotics reach your intestines to do their job, look out for supplements - like Kordel’s Cranberry Probiotics - that are formulated not only to survive, but to thrive, in the harsh environment of our GI.
And importantly, just as food and drink do not stay in our body, whatever probiotics that we consume are also temporary residents in our gut. So to reap the most benefits from probiotics, make taking your probiotic supplement a daily habit.
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