Probiotics have been linked to reduced symptoms of diarrhea, upset stomach and gastrointestinal conditions. Adding foods such as yogurt, miso and tempeh to your diet could be very beneficial for your digestive system.
Probiotics, or live microorganisms, are a major part of our dietary needs because of their effects on our intestinal flora. They are very similar to the digestive cultures found within your stomach and intestines, and can help to prevent irritable bowel syndrome and urinary tract infections.
It is important to know the different types of probiotics that exist. For those of us who are familiar with these bacteria, Lactobacillus Acidophilus probably rings a bell. This beneficial bacterium is the most common and helps to promote a friendly environment. Those who consume it are at less risk for getting vaginal infections, high cholesterol and chronic constipation. Found in most yogurts, kefir, miso (a thick paste made from fermented soybeans and barley) and tempeh (a dish of deep fried fermented soybeans), L. acidophilus is nutritious and easy to get to.
Bifidobacteria is another probiotic, which helps to balance intestinal flora. Studies show that its main purpose is to treat bowl diseases, specific skin diseases and lung conditions.
Before jumping the gun and purchasing a specific probiotic, make sure you do your research and talk with your healthcare practitioner. Finding the right source of probiotics is an important step to achieving a healthy intestinal flora.
– The Alternative Daily