Probiotics are laboratory cultivated mixtures of precisely selected living microorganisms, normally from the genera Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterim. When these are consumed they bloom in the gastrointestinal tracts, where they continue to reside as part of the intestinal flora. The gastrointestinal tracts hosts billions on billions of microorganisms which either reside in symbiotic harmony with our bodies or are in antagonism with it. Thus some of these microorganisms are beneficial, while others are harmful to the maintenance of good health. Hence By consuming health promoting microorganisms the intestinal flora can be kept within a healthy balance.
• In order to maintain a beneficially healthy digestive system you should build into your nutritional regime a small daily portion of naturally produced fermented foods.
In order to benefit from the wide range of active microorganisms available, while adding variety to your menu, you may regularly vary the type of fermented foods consumes,
• Some food types, cheeses for example, are offered in a wide range of varieties, some of which may contain active microorganisms. So, if you enjoy a particular variety, you may opt to select this variety for both their taste and probiotic health advantages.
• Cheeses – select the blue vein varieties
• Milk products – opt for sugar free, low-calorie yoghurt
• Oriental sauces – opt for naturally fermented soy sauce
• Spicy vegetable side dishes – opt for Kimchi or Sauerkraut
For additional information see: The Health Benefits of Fermented Foods
• You may supplement your dietary intake of active micro- organisms by taking once or twice per week a probiotic supplement in capsule form. The advantage of taking probiotic supplements is that each capsule contains a broad spectrum of beneficial microorganisms, which far exceeds the single or narrow band of microorganisms normally found in fermented foods.
• When completing a course of antibiotics, which kills not only the bad but also the good microorganisms throughout the body, you must replenish, as soon as possible, the beneficial intestinal microorganisms, either by slowly eating fermented and raw foods or rapidly with a course of supplemental probiotics.