The Importance of Probiotics for Healthy Immune Function
Probiotics are live bacteria that are good for you! We often hear of yeasts and bacterias and presume automatically that they are bad, but our guts are filled with bacteria. Bacteria outnumbers cells in your body by a ratio of 10 to 1. Ensuring that we are getting ample probiotics keeps our guts working optimally. We want the number of good bacteria to outweigh the number of bad!
It is possible to get probiotics from either natural supplements or dietary supplements. Both sources are shown to boost our immune systems. These microorganisms are shown to have effects on improving digestion, reducing the risks of diseases and achieving healthier skin! https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/probiotics-101
Where can we find probiotics?
Natural supplementation for probiotics is relatively simple. We are sure that you likely consume some of these products on a daily basis. If not, this would be a good time to start incorporating these foods into your diet. A strong gut flora equates to a strong immune system. Foods like sauerkraut (fermented cabbage), yogurt, kefir, tempeh and kimchi are all excellent sources of probiotics. Healthy living has never been simpler with the introduction of a wide range of dietary supplements. Some take a probiotic capsule daily on top of eating probiotic rich foods. You can do what is best for you!
How do probiotics support immune function?
Having the right balance of bacteria is essential to the vitality of the gut flora and our overall, general health. Having an unbalanced gut flora has been shown to be linked to a number of diseases such as Alzheimer’s, depression, obesity, cancer, and heart disease, to name a few. A number of studies have been done on the links between gut flora and disease. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21226616 Bacteria thrives on sugar. Consuming a diet high in processed sugars can feed this bad bacteria leading to overgrowth in your gut. In severe cases this can lead to things such as candida overgrowth. Now that you know what an unbalanced gut flora can do, it’s time to look at how probiotics support immune function.
Probiotics add to the amount of good or helpful bacteria in our gut and intestines. Studies have shown that they can also BOOST the level of immune cells in the mucous membranes of the intestines. In one study probiotics were capable of simulating a range of antibodies. They were shown to increase immune cells like the IgA-producing cells, T lymphocytes and natural killer cells. http://morningstarfhc.com/probiotics-can-help-immune-system/
The effects of probiotics are well documented. They have also been shown to have a positive effect on newborns when mothers took probiotics during pregnancy. Recent studies have shown benefits for people suffering from irritable bowel syndrome and ulcerative colitis.
If you recently have fallen ill and had to run a course of antibiotics, this would be a great time to double down on those probiotics. Antibiotics are known to kill ALL bacteria, whether good or bad. By taking probiotics you can reintroduce those good cultures back into your system.
Given all that is currently going on around us in this given time, it is important that we keep our systems running optimally. As mentioned in the previous blogs, vitamin C, D and Zinc are crucial right now. Eating probiotic foods or supplementing with a probiotic capsule are extra measures you can take right now to keep your gut flora happy and healthy and support proper immune function. Elderberry, which can be found in our unique supplement blend is known to support probiotic function. So taking our supplement in conjunction with a probiotic would be a fantastic idea!