Importance of Probiotics & Gut Health by Linsey Hall, RN, MSN – The lining of your stomach is one of the most important parts to your overall health. It protects you from the invasion of bad bacteria. It also helps you digest and absorb nutrients that are needed to survive. Even more, it dictates which supportive nutrients get through and which inhibitory particles need to be expelled. Without adequate gut health, malabsorption, malnutrition, and disease can occur.
Have you heard people talking about probiotics lately? There’s a reason for this heightened awareness. Probiotics are live microorganisms that are ingested to restore the good bacteria in your gut. They heal and protect the gut from damage. They provide support for your overall immune system and act as an anti-inflammatory agent. Further, they are essential for people of all ages during treatment with antibiotics, before surgery, when battling bacterial infections, and in general to maintain the integrity of the gut lining.
Probiotics come in multiple forms that include liquid, capsule, tablet, and food-based supplements. The most natural approach would be to obtain probiotics from food. Some outstanding food sources include: kombucha, miso, tempeh, kimchi, sauerkraut, and keifer. Even though some types of yogurt contain probiotic organisms, one should be aware that the added sugar (up to 6 teaspoons in a cup) can be counterproductive.
When it comes to probiotic supplements, there are many strains available on the market. It is important that you are getting a supplement with a combination of strains and an ideal number of organisms. You want at least 1 billion organisms from each strain in a supplement. Check out the label and you will see lots of strain names such as Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium, and Saccharomyces. Make sure each listed strain is marked with at least 1 billion organisms for the most benefit.
As a Registered Nurse with 12 years of experience in a hospital setting, I have seen what antibiotics, infection, and medications can do to impede gut health. I have seen firsthand the necessity and benefit of probiotics. For more information about which strain may be the most beneficial for your condition, please contact me. I’m also available for preventative and nutritional medicine consultations.
Linsey Hall RN, MSN is a healing and wellness professional specializing in preventative and nutritional medicine. Learn more at hallwaywellness.com.