Probiotics might seem like a new buzzword but they have been around for many years. Even though you may know that they are “good” bacteria, you might not understand why you should use probiotics. After all, don’t our bodies make plenty of “good” bacteria already? While the answer to this question is “yes,” there are still a lot of important reasons why you should use probiotics. Best of all, these reasons all fit in with taking probiotics while using food combining to restore your body’s natural balance and health.
Probiotics are extremely beneficial to digestive health if you are taking antibiotics. While antibiotics help us by killing off the “bad” bacteria that make us sick, they also kill off the “good” bacteria that live in our bodies. We need those bacteria to help keep us healthy. Probiotics will replenish the “good” bacteria and keep our bodies in balance. They can eliminate the bloating, cramping and gas that are side effects from taking antibiotics.
Probiotics don’t just help people taking antibiotics, though. They will improve digestive disorders like Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Inflammatory Bowel disease (IBD). These disorders can cause diarrhea, constipation, bloating, inflammation and pain. Probiotics, especially Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium and Streptococcus, help to regulate bowel movement, which helps relieve diarrhea and constipation. They can also decrease the inflammation caused by IBD, delaying and reducing the severity of the symptoms.
If you aren’t affected with a digestive disorder but suffer bouts of infectious and/or traveler’s diarrhea, probiotics will benefit you as well. These conditions are caused by infections from bacteria, parasites or viruses. The organisms can grow at incredible speeds, taking over your digestive system and again resulting in too many “bad” bacteria. One strain in particular, Clostridium difficile, occurs frequently in hospital patients and residents of long-term care facilities. Probiotics can keep these bacteria from growing back, thereby preventing the recurring bouts of diarrhea.
There are many other uses for probiotics, including treating some skin conditions like eczema, preventing allergies, and promoting good vaginal and urinary tract health. They help prevent secondary infections such as vaginal yeast, oral thrush and urinary tract infections that may result if there is a sharp loss of “good” bacteria. They also keep the natural balance between “good” and “bad” bacteria from becoming uneven due to other factors such as illnesses, lack of sleep, stress and poor eating habits. By bolstering our immune systems with probiotics, we may never even contract any of these conditions.
If you practice food combining, you should know that not only is it safe to use probiotics, it will increase the benefits. If you don’t practice food combining, it is one of the best things you can do for your overall health. Food combining simply means that you eat the “right” types of foods together and avoid eating the “wrong” types together. For example: did you know that the combination of sausage and waffles, although delicious, wrecks havoc on your digestion and can cause heartburn and gas? That’s because you’re combining a protein with a starch and these two foods need different enzymes and take different times to digest. These foods are also processed and made up of loads of sugar, fat and salt.
Eating processed, unhealthy foods like these cause anything from diarrhea to bloating. When you use food combining, you’ll learn all about what foods to eat together, all without sacrificing the things you enjoy eating. If you suffer from any digestive disorders, or are just tired of feeling overstuffed and tired when you eat, probiotics and food combining will quickly put you back on the track to good health.