Why you should add probiotics to your diet
As anyone who has entered the realm of health and wellness knows, the world of supplements is a complicated, and often contradictory, place. Fitness gurus, internet bloggers and even doctors provide us with an influx of information, which can all be mutually opposing. But taking external supplements and boosting your body’s natural ability to maintain itself shouldn’t be a scary process.
We’re here to help you along the way so you can choose what you need to look and feel your very best.
What are probiotics?
Probiotics are the incredible naturally occurring bacteria and yeasts inside our bodies which help regulate our digestive system and support our immunity. These live microorganisms can be taken as supplements or through probiotic foods such as yogurt or kefir. For those looking for dairy free options, most foods prepared through bacterial fermentation- such as sauerkraut, kimchi and kombucha- are probiotic in nature.
Here are three key reasons why you should include probiotics in your diet:
It helps keep your gut clean: The most well known benefit of consuming probiotics is it’s ability to regulate the digestive system. Probiotic microbes feed on fibre and help recycle bile, which in turn aids the breakdown on food. (Yakult is a personal childhood favourite we still can’t get enough of). These are a quick and simple way of introducing billions of gut friendly bacteria into your body.
It builds essential vitamins: Probiotics are known to help build vitamins K and most of the B vitamins in the body- including biotin and B12. These can be difficult to naturally synthesise in the body which is why the lack of probiotics may cause certain vitamin deficiencies. Food fermented in lactic acid bacteria, such as sauerkraut, also helps improve intestinal immunity by creating a barrier which stops foreign bodies from interacting with the gut. Just make sure to always pick food with live cultures since the pasteurisation process kills healthy bacteria.
It keeps your skin clear: Probiotics help reduce inflammation, which in turn helps reduce certain skin conditions such as acne and rosacea. Certain studies have shown positive results for acne prone patients who started taking probiotics along with their acne treatments. Since antibiotics kill healthy bacteria, doctors recommend consuming probiotic rich food while on medication since this re-introduces important microbes and helps aid treatment. They also help produce collagen which is an incredible protein affecting the skin’s tone and texture. Since collagen naturally decreases in our bodies as we age, consuming probiotics can help maintain skin elasticity in the long run.
With so many live culture drinks, fermented food and health supplements in the market, it’s easy to introduce probiotics into your diet. So the next time you’re out grocery shopping- keep an eye out for some healthy bacteria.
Trust us, your body will thank you for it.
The Inava Team xx