Did you know that the bacteria in your body outnumber your body’s cells 10 to 1?
It’s true, and most of them reside in your gut.
But there really is no need to panic, most bacteria are quite harmless.
Having the right bacteria in there has even been linked to numerous health benefits.
This includes weight loss, improved digestion, enhanced immune function, better skin and a reduced risk of many diseases.
This leads us to the topic at hand, probiotics.
Probiotics are foods or supplements that contain these friendly bacteria, and are supposed to help colonize our guts with health-boosting microorganisms.
The importance of this can not be overstated.
Taking care of your gut, and the friendly bacteria that reside there, may be one of thesingle most important things you can do for your health.
What Are Probiotics?
According to the official definition, probiotics are “live microorganisms that, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host”.
Probiotics are usually bacteria, but there is also a type of yeast that can function as a probiotic.
You can get probiotics from supplements, as well as foods that are prepared by bacterial fermentation.
Probiotic foods include yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, tempeh, kimchi and others.