Prebiotics and Probiotics the Secret of a Healthy Intestine
Prebiotics and probiotics are two terms that are in the order of the day. Although the words are similar, they are two different things, but they work for a common goal, to make our intestines healthier and work better.
Probiotic is a word that derives from Greek and means that it favors life (pro-bios). In fact, probiotics are active microorganisms that we take and are able to overcome the digestive barrier of the stomach and reach the intestines alive. bio x 4
Once in the intestines, probiotics help to rebalance the intestinal flora and are beneficial to take care of the intestinal mucosa, prevent diarrhea, reduce intolerance to lactose and even relieve cases of irritable bowel, intestinal inflammation and other intestinal problems.
The beneficial effects of probiotics not only influence intestinal health, they are also highly recommended for:
Treat repetitive infections of the urinary tract (cystitis), both in children and adults
Prevent vaginal infections caused both by bacteria and by the candida fungus
Stimulate the immune system
Help reduce cholesterol levels
Obviously not all microorganisms are probiotic, they must be beneficial species for our health, such as some species of the genus Bifidobacterium or the group of lactic ferments such as Lactobacillus acidophilus and L. rhamnosus, and that are capable of being ingested and arrive alive up to our intestines.
Food or Supplements
We can take probiotics through food. Fermented milk products, fresh soy yoghurts or sauerkraut are examples of fermented foods that contain microorganisms that can reach our intestines alive. But since we do not always take the sufficient quantity or with the necessary regularity, it is worth taking them in the form of supplements.