Probiotics have been touted as a health booster for quite some time now. We’ve seen them in all shapes and forms offering a multitude of health benefits, but just what exactly are they? With all the hype around probiotics, do they live up to their reputation? We’ve put together this guide to help to demystify this trendy ingredient and explain it’s benefits. We’re also excited to present our latest line of spices, ‘Spice Culture: Spice + Probiotic’!
What Are Probiotics?
Our bodies are a complex ecosystem, called a microbiome, teeming with all kinds of organisms, like bacteria. In fact, some scientific research estimates that they make up greater than 50% of the cells in our body, which is pretty incredible.
The various roles that our friendly bacteria play in our bodies are crucial in keeping us healthy. That’s where probiotics come in. Essentially, probiotics are the good bacteria that help out our bodies in a variety of ways that benefit us (and them).
When we consume probiotics in the form of a food ingredient or supplement, we’re giving our bodies a boost of good bacteria.
What Are the Health Benefits of Probiotics?
Not all bacteria are the same, in fact they can be so varied that one type may thrive in a certain part of our body but not at all in another. This is exciting, because it also means that the benefits they can offer are varied as well. For now we’re going to focus on two of the major benefits, digestive system health and immune system health.
How Probiotics Help Your Digestive System
All of us have experienced an upset stomach and there’s nothing fun about it! Our bodies aim to maintain a balance of the types of bacteria in our gut. However, sometimes this balance is disturbed, like when we have a persistent flu or take antibiotics. These disturbances can provide the opportunity for bad bacteria to wiggle their way into a position of power, yielding unpleasant results like gas, bloating, weight gain and worse.
It’s been demonstrated that probiotics are an effective way of restoring and maintaining a healthy balance of gut bacteria by ensuring that enough good bacteria is present to keep things running as they should be.
How Probiotics Help Your Immune System
One of the consequences of having bad bacteria take the reigns in our gut is that there’s not enough good bacteria to reinforce the gut walls. As a result, the permeability of the walls is increased, which means more bad bacteria, along with the toxins they produce, can slip through and make their way into the bloodstream to be carried to other places in our bodies. This can cause a system wide immune response of inflammation, skin related flare-ups and more. Studies have demonstrated that by using probiotics to re-establish and maintain the right balance of good bacteria in our guts, bad bacteria will be less capable of causing trouble elsewhere in our bodies.
Some Other Benefits of Probiotics
- Blood pressure
- Blood cholesterol
- Skin health
Our Take on Probiotics
Priobiotics are more than just a trendy food or supplement ingredient, they’re a proven health booster, with evidence backed by scientific research. The benefits they offer are varied and so are the ways they can be consumed, so how you decide to take them is ultimately a matter of taste.
Spice Culture: Spice + Probiotic
As a spice company, we’re up to speed on the amazing health benefits that herbs and spices offer. Combining them with the health boosting benefits of probiotics was an easy decision. After lots of research and taste testing, we’re extremely excited to present Spice Culture: Spice + Probiotic, a line of spices enhanced with 500 million Ganeden BC30 probiotics in every serving! Spice Culture is available in our online store.
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Sources for scientific studies referenced in this article can be found here: https://www.ganedenbc30.com/health