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What are Probiotics and What Do Probiotics Actually Do?

June 06, 2018

What are Probiotics and What Do Probiotics Actually Do?


All About Probiotics

Every other week we’re introduced to a new buzzword, supplement, cure-all or superfood that will “rid us all of toxins.” As soon as that introduction is made the opinions are fast to follow, we get burnt out from all the commentary then move on to the next hot topic of health discussion.

As soon as that introduction is made the opinions are fast to follow, and we get burnt out from all the commentary then move on to the next hot topic of health discussion. The topics of health and diet have never been more prevalent in the news, on our social feeds, and in conversation as they are today. 

One buzzword, however, that has continued to pop up time and time again is p robiotics. Since this topic doesn’t seem to be going anywhere fast, we’re diving into the root of what probiotics really are, back to the basics, with all opinions aside.

What are Probiotics?

So what are probiotics? In short, probiotics are foods or dietary supplements that contain live microorganisms (like bacteria and yeasts) that are similar or the same to the bacteria that live in our digestive tracts.

“Yuck” may be the first thing that comes to mind, but they’re actually really good for our health and digestive systems. While some bacteria in the body cause disease, probiotics help to keep our guts healthy since they produce enzymes that allow our bodies to absorb nutrients and balance our digestive systems.

What Do Probiotics Do?

This is what we all came for right? Show us the benefits!

Probiotics have been scientifically proven to be beneficial for a wide range of health problems–even beyond balancing the good bacteria in our digestive systems. 

Here are just a few:  

  • Help prevent diarrhea & IBS
  • Boost the immune system
  • Help with our blood cholesterol & blood pressure
  • Help prevent inflammation
  • May help reduce allergies and eczema
  • Improve mental health conditions
  • Help with depression & anxiety
  • Help improve skin health
  • The list goes on...

Where Do We Find Them?

Sounds great, right? Finally, a health supplement that doesn’t just “rid us of all toxins” AND doesn’t claim to make us "brilliant, good looking and rich either" (although healthier skin and improved brain function may help!). So where can we find probiotics?

  • Yogurt
  • Tempeh
  • Kimchi
  • Miso
  • Kombucha
  • Pickles
  • An excellent Probiotic supplement 

Some health trends come and go, but as long as we have a gut, we’ll need healthy bacteria whether we get it from fermented foods and drinks, yogurt or a probiotic supplement.

This piece was contributed by Brittany Crosby. 


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