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Probiotics and health benefits

There are about 100 trillion bacteria in your gut that help you maintain a healthy lifestyle.

In recent years, probiotics have become an excellent resource that provides the food industry to deliver benefits to our health and today can be found on pizzas, yogurt, chocolate, etc. If you have not eaten a probiotic product, with their increasing availability at some point you will.

Probiotics are live micro-organisms which we often perceive to be harmful. However, it is these micro-organisms that provide benefits that promote human health if consumed in adequate amounts.

Millions of bacteria inhabit our large intestine processing insoluble fibre and regularising our bowel function. They produce vitamins, including B6, B12 and K2, as well as help the absorption of iron, calcium and magnesium into the body.

Another way in which these bacteria are beneficial for the stomach is that they protect against infection by Salmonella and E. coli which can cause diarrhea, severe anemia and, in extreme cases, kidney failure and even death.


The micro-organisms that transform milk into yogurt and kefir are among the best and multiply well in the dairy products. Milk is a medium rich in oligosaccharides (complex carbohydrates) that feed the bacteria. Dairy products are refrigerated, which is important for heat sensitive organisms, and are slightly acidic so that the bacteria growing on them are able to survive in the stomach, which the milk will protect.

When you consume a food rich in these organisms, ensure that the packaging says live and active cultures, since dead bacteria does not benefit us. The most trusted brands include specific bacteria on their labelling.


Micro-organisms are responsible for fermentation and are therefore indispensable for the preparation of sour pickles, fermented cabbage or sauerkraut and miso soy beans. Fermented foods have been part of the human diet for centuries, but today we consume less. When we do consume these foods, often modern procedures destroy any beneficial bacteria, i.e. it is unlikely that industrialised pickles will contain probiotics nowadays.

It is therefore best to prepare your own fermented food. For sauerkraut, cut cabbage up and place in a bowl, rub the pieces with a tablespoon of salt to remove excess water and store them in the brine and leave them. Wait a week or more until it ferments. You must make sure to keep the cabbage completely covered in the brine to prevent rot or contamination from bad bacteria. You should close the containers tightly to keep bad bacteria out and the good in.

Other probiotics

There are now many products that add probiotics, including non-fermented foods such as cookies, coffee beans, blends for smoothies, etc. but the product label must mention that they are live and active cultures, since otherwise they do not offer any health benefits.

Chocolate is a food that also has probiotics that perform well and are advisable in small amounts.

Probiotics are also being added to cosmetics, cleaning products, mouthwash, sanitizers and other products in order to provide a healthy balance of bacteria in the body.


A diet rich in plant foods like fruits and vegetables helps maintain a favourable environment in our intestines for good bacteria to thrive, so that is why it is important that you include them in your diet.

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6 Reviews about Probiotics and health benefits
on 17/03/2016
This is an interesting article, but sometimes I think that modern technology is going too far: It makes a science out of everything and food is one thing which I believe should be kept relatively simple. Cavemen and women with their newborn babies survived in caves just fine and had the necessary elements in their diet to survive. I think if you strive to eat a healthy and balanced diet you will probably have just the right amount of pro and prebiotics without even trying!
on 19/07/2014
Probiotics are such a funny thing. How did we ever get to know these things? Or even think to question about them? At any's interesting that food has become so scientific, but at the same level, I think if we just keep our diet as basic, simple and fresh as possible, without man-made products, we'll be just fine. Whether we're counting probiotics or not.
on 08/09/2013
I never could imagine that your body needed prebiotic foods to take advantage of the probiotics, but that makes sense as the proper combination of the food is the main way of keeping the guts in the proper way, you can fin a lot of good articles in this recipes talking about that, you just have to take a tour for some time
on 01/09/2013
I have seen a couple of products that say they contain probiotics in their ingredients but you cannot never know for sure right, maybe you can doubt about things like cookies or cereals but now I knoe that Ican rely on products made of yogurt or similar products, I will keep my open when buying the products for my house
on 01/09/2013
I didn't know that the pickles had probiotics bacteria in their content, this is pretty good because I love that kind of food, and maybe that is why I have a pretty good digestion, no problems like constipation or diahrrea, for real, nor even gases, maybe that is the solution, because I do not consume a lot of yogurt telling the truth
on 31/08/2013
Hello people, I am very interested in the topic of the bacteria and the probiotics because I am studying that in the college, there are such many bacteria that help the body, but many of them are confused with bad bacteria and avoided, bull well we have first to learn the true about the bacteria and then make our chooses in our food, thanks for showing that.

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