Written By Liz Oakes
Natural probiotics are natural bacteria that have a strong role in stimulating the immune system and they have a capacity to help in the treatment of leaky gut syndrome.
The word probiotic actually means 'pro life' as they are helpful to human life rather than harmful like other bacteria or microbes.
By reinstating the natural flora of the bowel you may stop the movement of undigested proteins and toxins into the bloodstream.
These proteins and toxins have made their way into the body via the intestinal tract, and cause problems when the immune system reacts to their presence in the blood.
If you do not reinstate the healthy bacteria after taking antibiotics, and create a state of healthy bowel flora, you leave yourself open to develop a number of health problems including candida and leaky gut syndrome.
There are quite a few types of probiotics, with the the most common microbe commonly just called acidophilus, although its full name is lactobacillus acidophilus.
Others in this group of probiotics includes bifido bacterium, L reuteri, L plantarum, L rhamnosus, L casei, L bulgaricus, S thermophilus, S salivarius and the yeast Saccharomyces boulardii, although acidophilus is the most common.
Natural probiotics are live micro-organisms that are similar to the bacteria that naturally live in the human gut.
We are not born with these friendly bacteria present in the gut, but they soon establish themselves there, and are helpful to prevent infections in the gut.
Within your digestive tract you have trillions of bacteria and yeast, with some being more helpful to the health of your body than others.
You have more bacteria in your gut than you have cells in your body, and as some of the bacteria there are good and some bad, hopefully you have these balanced.
Often the way you live your life may mean that you become busy and start to eat a lot of dead food, and too little live raw food.
Then the ecosystem inside your body can become unbalanced, and your natural flora can get taken over by pathogens, especially if you eat too much sugar or drink alcohol.
You may then need to restore the balance by adding in more of the good bacteria, or as they are called the natural probiotics.
There are a number of health benefits of probiotics as they help to keep the digestive tract healthy.
They help to keep control of other less desirable bacteria that may be present there. It is advisable to take natural probiotics after you have taken antibiotics.
In many cases you may have a health condition that is directly related to having taken a couple of courses of antibiotics for an infection.
Antibiotics may kill off helpful bacteria without always killing off all of the harmful bacteria. This may have made the bowel flora unhealthy, even toxic.
There are a number of different probiotic supplements and some made for specific health problems such as leaky gut and these are helpful for healing your gut.
They may contain other ingredients along with the natural probiotics. Many contain what are known as prebiotics such as fructo-oligosaccharides.
These are carbohydrates made from fruit, as this helps the good bacteria to multiply more quickly. Other prebiotics include apple cider vinegar, honey or fruit, which is a more natural health approach that is often found in natural yoghurt to aid the probiotics to multiply.
If you are wondering when to take probiotics, they are best taken on an empty stomach, so that they can more easily reinstate the healthy state of the bowel.
If you are on the diet that aids leaky gut, use your probiotic supplements by taking them as soon as you wake up of a morning, and leaving a gap of an hour between taking them and your meal, to gain the most from taking probiotics.
Probiotic supplements are known to be helpful to boost your immune system and are one of the natural remedies for allergies.
A number of studies have found evidence that natural probiotics may have a part to play in preventing allergy in infants.
It is also known that it improves the well-being of many people who have inflammatory bowel disease such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn's Disease and may benefit irritable bowel syndrome.
The condition called leaky gut is a syndrome related to allergies, because this condition causes what is known as intestinal permeability, that allows undigested proteins to get into the bloodstream.
When this happens the immune system reacts by creating allergic reactions, to what it sees as foreign invasion of the body. Many natural health practitioners use natural probiotics to treat systemic candidiasis, which is an over growth of the candida yeast.
There is now a lot of evidence that they help to boost your immune system function and that their use is helpful for the prevention of allergies as well.
Research has proven that taking probiotics will actually help to prevent food allergies, as well as helping decrease eczema symptoms, seasonal allergy symptoms from hay fever and even in some cases to decrease asthma.
This overgrowth can cause a number of health problems, including vaginal yeast infection, and they often suggest using natural yoghurt topically, to treat vaginal candida yeast overgrowth.
Systemic candidiasis can also cause muscle pain, mental confusion and fatigue, digestive problems and sinus infections causing painful sinus headaches.
There are a number of foods that contain probiotics and some of these are well known, like yoghurt, and some less well known. On the list of probiotic foods there are some that are quite common, as well as some that you may not be aware of:
Many of these cultured vegetable mixes are extremely pleasant, and I endeavor to eat some of them every day, even a forkful will help replenish the beneficial bacteria.
While Sauerkraut may be fermented in brine alone, these days many types of fermented vegetables have probiotics added to them during preparation.
Wild fermentation is also used... no probiotics added and this allows natural beneficial bacteria to grow.
These vegetables are allowed to sit (in refrigerated conditions) to naturally build up the probiotic culture and they are an excellent and quite appetizing source of natural probiotics.
Its easy to obtain mixed cultured vegetables in many health food shops, and this includes the lovely kim chi. You can make them yourself, but they are now easy to buy.
You will find cultured vegetables are commonly based around cabbage, which is mixed with a number of delicious vegetables including with beetroot... one of my personal favorites. Note that these beneficial cultured vegetables do need to be kept in the refrigerator.
There are very few natural probiotics side effects, except for in some case there is what is called the die off effect.
This effect is from the death of bad bacteria, and this may in some cases give you some reactions, such as a headache when you first start taking it.
This usually passes fairly quickly. Otherwise this is a very safe natural supplement to take that has many benefits for your health.