It’s funny how with something that has been around for as long as probiotics, it’s amazing to think how little is known about them and the benefits they can deliver. If you’re finding yourself still wondering what probiotics are, this next part is for you.
What are probiotics?
- Probiotics are live bacteria that are often found in the digestive system, gut, mouth, and vagina.
- They help to balance the microbiome of the gut flora ensuring there is equal amounts of good bacteria to the bad bacteria.
- There are several different types of probiotics with three main types, Lactobacillus, Bifidobacterium, and Saccharomyces boulardii.
- You’ll find these probiotics in forms of supplements and medication to help treat certain conditions such as, irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, diarrhoea caused by antibiotics.
- You will also find that the benefits of probiotics can also help with skin concerns, such as eczema, vaginal flora, and general health, boosting immunity, and improving oral health.
- Probiotics come in an array of different forms, from liquid, capsules, and powders. This makes it an easy task to include probiotics into your daily routine.
- If you wanted to know more about probiotics and how they work, check out our dedicated blog post.
Does probiotics cleanse your body?
The reason probiotics are so effective at cleansing the body is due to the positive impact on the general function and health of the gut. They combat the build-up of toxins throughout the intestines, gut, and liver. This results in probiotics being a favoured alternative for many suffering from such symptoms as chronic pain, diabetes, and other concerns. Here are some examples of the different areas probiotics can help.
- Cleaning your liver
Yes, as I have already mentioned, probiotics can help clean the liver. The live requires regular cleansing, and it is understood that medical findings demonstrate how probiotics effectively clean the liver whilst avoiding unwanted side effects.
- Helps to reduce heavy metals
Certain strains of probiotic can target heavy metals, such as lead, mercury, and cadmium which are all flushed out of the system.
- Lowering the toxicity in food
In certain foods there are some levels of indigestible proteins that our bodies are unable to breakdown once they ingested. The main strains of probiotics can effectively dissolve the proteins and lower their toxicity.
- Break down perchlorate
Perchlorate is a chemical found in jet fuel, you will often find it makes its way into food packaging and drinking water. Certain strains of probiotics can help reduce the exposure to this chemical and limit the amount of perchlorate absorbed into the bloodstream.
As you can see, probiotics can deliver impressive results and give the gut and body a chance to reboot. Although probiotic supplements are natural, it is still best to consult with a doctor or medical professional before introducing anything new into your routine.
Do probiotics help clean out your intestines?
Absolutely, in fact, there has been various evidence to show how the health of your intestines are improved. You can help your intestines by consuming probiotic supplements, however, many also find that including probiotic enriched foods also help keep the flora balanced, healthy, and happy. Some of the best foods that contain the optimal amounts of probiotics are, yoghurts, sauerkraut, pickles, kefir, and tempah.
How long does it take probiotics to clean?
It is understood that you will begin to see the benefits of your probiotics are 1-2 weeks. This is very much dependant on several hurdles, such as the strength of probiotics you’re using, the condition of your gut, and other microbiome, your general health and wellbeing, and finally the overall results you are wanting to achieve.
It may take a few days more for some to see an improvement and introducing probiotics should only be done after consulting a doctor or medical professional. This is the safest way of introducing probiotics into your diet and finding the strain that will suit you and your needs best.
What happens to your gut when you start taking probiotics?
There are some common side effects that can occur when you start taking probiotics. These are diarrhoea, gas, and bloating, these will often clear up on their own accord. These side effects occur because of the gut’s microbiome has been altered and it requires some time to rebalance.
You’ll find that after finishing a course of antibiotics, eating too much greasy food, or drinking can cause a disruption to the gut’s flora. To maintain the overgrowth of bad bacteria you may find it takes a little longer for the probiotics to work. If, however, these side effects persist then it is best to stop taking the supplements and seeking the advice from a doctor. Once the bacteria in the gut have rebalanced you can reintroduce a new form of probiotics into your daily diet.
How do you know if a probiotic is working?
If you find the best probiotic strain for you that works, there are several positive signs showing you how effective the supplements are. First, you will see an improvement in your overall digestion. You will feel less bloated, and the sluggish feeling you have will be notably improved. Your bowel movements will become regular and you won’t have as much concern with discomfort in the gut, bloating, and gas.
Finally you’ll find your immune system is strengthened and the gut is able to combat signs of toxins and pathogens that can cause more concerns. With a continuous flow of good bacteria delivered from a daily dose of probiotics, the flora in the gut, vagina, and mouth remains balanced, healthy, and happy.
There you have a little more information about probiotics and how they can clean you out. Don’t forget to check out the Health Insiders blog for more dedicated posts about probiotics and gut health. If you have any further questions, come, and find us over on Instagram, one of our health experts will be waiting in the DM’s to help and give advice.