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What is actually Probiotics?


We are surrounded by an important biological system of microorganisms that live in or on the human body. It is known that the human body is colonized by at least 10 times more bacteria than the number of human cells in the body.

The majority of those bacteria are found in the human gastrointestinal tract and is called microbiome.


The intestinal microbiome contains over 400 bacterial species.

This microbiome is important for human physiology, immune system development, digestion and detoxification reactions. It is crucial for the entheropatic circulation and plays an important role in digestion fibre, synthesis of certain vitamins (such as Vit K, biotin, vitamin B12, folic acid, and thiamine), fat storage, immune development and behaviour development.


In fact, the microbiota is progressively recognized for its ability to influence the development and function of the nervous system and several complex host behaviours.

The composition and distribution of this microbiome varies with age, state of health, diet and hormonal cycle.

An important observation is that, while our health is definitely predisposed by genes, it may also be even more powerfully influenced by our microbiome.


In our living Modern World, we are constantly exposed to substances that harms our good bacteria leading to an unbalance in our microbiome called dysbiosis.


Dysbiosis has been studied and linked to many diseases and symptoms such as tiredness, fatigue, obesity, diabetes, inflammation, infections, cardiovascular diseases and mental health disorders.


So PROBIOTICS are live bacteria and yeast that it can be added into yogurt or purchased as a food supplement itself to be taken.


Is it ok if I take yogurts?


Yogurts are mainly added with sugar and it has only one strain of bacteria. Therefore, it has not the fully potential of a probiotic supplement.


So which probiotic should I take? Does it make any difference?



Although more research is needed to comprehend the widespread benefits of different probiotic species and strains, it already has been shown that certain strains have particular properties and exercise their effects in different parts of the intestines, so it is necessary to consult your healthcare consultant first to select a potent formula containing particular strains that support your specific health needs.


References

Davis N. The human microbiome: why our microbes could be key to our health. https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/mar/26/the-human-microbiome-why-our-microbes-could-be-key-to-our-health

Fijan S. Microorganisms with claim probiotics properties: an overview of recent literature. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4053917/

Hsiao E. The Microbiome and host behaviour. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28301775

Gorbach, S. L. Medical Microbiology. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK7670/#A5104

Salvatore F.; D’argenio V. The role of the gut microbiome in the healthy adult status. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0009898115000170

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