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For those who are lucky enough to travel the world, a common problem we might face is getting sick while abroad. Never has it been more important to have great gut health, especially in todays globalized world. On any given day we might enjoy food that has come from all over the world, showing that not only travelers should be concerned about the health benefits of probiotics.

What are the health benefits of probiotics?

The health benefits of probiotics can extend itself from boosting your immune system all the way to fighting food born illnesses. Control of your gut has been shown to improve health on a deep level.

Bacterial Gastroenteritis is a bacterium that causes an infection in your gut.

One of the ways bacterial gastroenteritis tends to develop is from contamination of food sources by bacteria. We commonly know this as “food poisoning.”

 

Do probiotics have side effects?

While some people will face side effects due to probiotics, the side effects tend to be mild and digestive such as gas.

While certain bacteria’s are very harmful, probiotics and prebiotics are good bacteria’s that can be very beneficial for your digestive system and even protects you from bad bacteria.

What are Prebiotics and Probiotics?

Probiotics are living bacteria that are great for your health and digestive system. Probiotics can help your immune system while promoting a healthy digestive track.

Probiotic comes from two Greek root words “pro” meaning “to promote” and “biotic” which means “life.”

Prebiotic is a non-digestible carbohydrate that acts as food for probiotics and bacteria in your gut. Prebiotic comes before and helps the probiotic. When the two combine we have what we call synbiotics.

Do probiotics help fight off infection? 

Elia Metchnikoff also known as the father of probiotics had discovered probiotics in the 20th century. Metchnikoff had observed the long life span of rural dwellers in Bulgaria. Metchnikoff theorized that host friendly bacteria found in sour milk enhanced their health.

There are billions of bacteria living within your digestive track and colon. This environment of bacteria is called a microbiome. Your stool has over 70% bacteria and is a mixture specific to each individual.

Auto Immune diseases such as Crohn’s, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, are more common in first world nations then less developed countries. The reason why this happens is called Hygiene Hypothesis.

Hygiene hypothesis is a term that suggests affluent societies have children who are less exposed to a variety of gut bacteria found in other parts of the world, which suppresses the natural development of the immune system.

Our diet is also greatly affected by the development of our autoimmune system. If our guts are not healthy the way it should, western diets that are high in fats, sugar, and meats, will be more susceptible to stomach diseases even obesity and type II diabetes.

A quick Biological tour of Prebiotics:

Majority of prebiotics are identified as oligosaccharides, which are resistant to our human digestive enzymes. Oligosaccharide passes though our upper Gastro Intestinal system without being digested. Fermentation then happens in our lower colon producing short-chain fatty acids, which nourishes the microbiota that live there.

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