Bacteria?! Yes, I said BACTERIA! We don’t love that word very much right? We usually think of it as germs that cause diseases, but our body is full of bacteria, both good and bad. Not everybody knows this fact, and when I heard about it, I took the time to research and learned more. Bad bacteria causes disease, but good bacteria is necessary for the body to function properly. That was the time that I decided to replenish my body with a good bacteria called PROBIOTICS!
Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for us, especially our digestive system. Probiotics are often called “good” or “helpful” bacteria because they help keep our gut healthy. Many types of bacteria are classified as probiotics, with different benefits, but the most common groups are: Lactobacillus you’ll find in yogurt and other fermented foods and may help people who are lactose intolerant. Bifidobacterium. You can find it in some dairy products and it may help ease the symptoms of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and some other conditions.
One of the other major benefits of probiotics include boosting your immune system and that was the main reason why I started drinking probiotics. Yes, drinking! I found this delicious juice from Good Belly that contains natural probiotics. My favorite is the Blueberry Acai flavor! Since it is a juice, I don’t drink more than 8 ounces daily as it contains sugar too. So, sometimes I just add a few ounces to my daily smoothie…Ooops, I just mentioned our next Wellness Wednesday post, LOL! Probiotics had helped me to improve my immune system and my heart is really appreciating it too. A happy heart is the result of a better immune and digestive system. Nowadays I don’t go anywhere without my Good Belly juice.
So, if you are having issues with your immune or digestive system, ask with your doctor about adding probiotics to your daily nutrition. Also, please remember that you should not replace any of your medical treatments with probiotics, and if you are pregnant or have any other health conditions, consult your health care provider first.
Have a Happy Healthy Body!!