8 Reasons to Include Probiotics In Your Diet

Yogurt, a natural sources of probiotics. Photo by Alexander Mils on Unsplash

Probiotics are live microorganisms that help us destroy bad microorganisms, digest food and produce vitamins. The bacteria in our gut need to be balanced for optimal health. Taking probiotics on a regular basis may help with the following:

  1. Restore the beneficial microorganisms that have been destroyed by taking antibiotics.
  1. Prevent a tendency towards urinary tract infections.

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3. Bolster your immunity by keeping a healthy balance of microorganisms in your gut.

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  1. Help with fertility. There’s some evidence that a good ratio of certain strains of probiotics can do this.
  1. Ward off vaginal infections by keeping the balance of microorganisms in the vagina.
  1. Improve constipation and diarrhea. They can help improve symptoms of some patients with IBS but dairy-based ones shouldn’t be used.

  1. Boost digestion and reduce gastrointestinal problems such as flatulence and bloating.
  1. Help clear up skin problems such as acne, rosacea, and eczema.

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When the bacteria in our gut are out of sync, we may be at higher risk for inflammation, chronic infections and chronic diseases.

A wide range of probiotic supplements are available for purchase. Yogurts, kefir and lacto-fermented vegetables, like kimchi and sauerkraut, are good natural sources of probiotics.