Probiotics have many great benefits. I started taking daily supplements about a year ago and I can tell a big difference in my digestion. I’ve always had digestive issues and while I was pregnant with Brooklyn, I suffered from many digestive problems. After I had Brooklyn, I promised to take care of my gut and started taking a probiotic everyday. I’m still working through a list of foods that cause some problems but the supplement helps greatly! I recommend taking a supplement or incorporating foods with probiotics into your diet, you won’t be sorry!
So what are probiotics?
Probiotics are “live microorganisms” also referred to as, “good” bacteria and yeasts that help keep your digestive system healthy and running smoothly. They balance your good and bad bacteria to keep your body working like it should. They also help send food through your gut by affecting nerves that control gut movement. Good gut bacteria create energy by breaking down foods you eat. Also, good gut bacteria are responsible for producing Vitamin K2 & B12, keeping the gut wall healthy, and creating enzymes that destroy harmful bacteria.
For mamas and babies:
Mom’s healthy gut plays a role in helping baby’s mature with the right bacteria. There are several instances where moms give a helpful boost in the early days of baby’s life. When baby is born, their immune system and digestive tract are immature but they pick up good bacteria from mama as soon as they are being born. As babies pass through the birth canal, the baby picks up good bacteria through skin, ears, nose, and throat from mom. Also, breast milk gives babies immune and digestive system the helpful boost they need. First milk (colostrums) populates baby’s gut with the right bacteria.
Benefits of probiotics:
· Shown to be beneficial for digestive problems like irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, and diarrhea caused by antibiotics
· Some studies show improvement in some mental health conditions such as depression
· Improve immune function
· Improve digestion and absorption of food and nutrients
· Reduce inflammation
You can find probiotics naturally in foods such as yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, tempeh, miso, kimchi, and soy drinks. Another source is kombucha, which is a fermented black tea. Yogurt is an amazing source of probiotics as well as many other nutrients, which is why it’s a popular choice when searching for naturally occurring probiotic rich foods.
*For pregnant women, it’s important to talk with your doctor before taking a probiotic supplement.