What are Probiotics? Do I NEED them….
Simple stupid probiotics are the “good” kind of bacteria you want in your body to become healthy. Probiotics have been shown to aid in healthy digestion (keeping your pipes clean) they also offer as a line of defense to all the harmful bacteria that is out there trying to take you down.
Often times out athletes come in and ask me what is the difference between “prebiotics” and “probiotics” it’s simple really.
Prebiotics carbs that are “non-digestible” that acts as food for probiotics. Per my peeps over at the Mayo clinic….
“When probiotics and prebiotics are combined, they form a synbiotic. Fermented dairy products, such as yogurt and kefir, are considered synbiotic because they contain live bacteria and the fuel they need to thrive.”
You can find probiotics naturally in food – yogurt being the most popular in our American diet. Prebiotics can be found in whole grains.
So the final question we get is “do I need them? What are the benefits?”
Probiotics have been shown to do the following when taken on a consistent basis.
Improve IBS – irritable bowel syndrome
Helps with various intestinal infections
Improves your overall gut health
Helps boost overall immunity reducing colds & infections
In addition probiotics have been shown to help people with not just digestive health, but also urinary health, obesity, and even allergies. Sound like something you should be taking?
In a nutshell probiotics can help boost your immunity, improve your overall health, and help keep your body running at top speed longer & stronger.
My advice would be to find a good quality probiotic supplement to include in your current healthy nutrition-eating plan. Like this CLICK HERE – it helps cover the gaps in your nutrition and ensures your feeding your body the “good” bacteria it needs.
Some of the most common foods you can also add to your nutrition plan are below, which commonly have quality probiotics in them.
- Yogurt – the less processed the better
- Kimchi and
Until next time eat well, train hard & be nice to people!
Jeremy Scott ~ Make Success Mandatory
Scottsdale Personal Trainer