It’s an astounding fact to learn that the benefits of microorganisms were discovered early in the 20th century. Russian zoologist, and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Elie Metchnikoff introduced the concept behind probiotics and other immunology treatments. Being no stranger to the bodies immune response and conditions, Metchnikoff made his life’s work to enhance health by manipulating intestinal makeup. Although at the time his theories were gravely dismissed, we now enjoy the product of his breakthrough research by eating yogurt or adding a daily supplement.
The term “probiotic” means “for life”. Researchers and other medical professionals continue the work of Metchnikoff. It has been shown probiotics have the potential to help in a variety of health problems, including:
- irritable bowel syndrome
- ulcerative colitis
- Crohn’s disease
- vaginal infections
- urinary tract infections
- infection of the digestive tract caused by Clostridium difficile
- eczema in children.
Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium, the two most common types of good bacteria found in a scoop of your favourite yogurt snack. These little helpers are designed to better your gut health, breakdown foods for better absorption, and assist in overall colon mobility. These fighters have also been shown to repair and prevent damage from common infections in the gut. If yogurt isn’t your food of choice, give one of the following a try.
- Kefir Milk
- Apple cider vinegar
Of course, with any supplement to one’s diet, there can be risks. We assure you we would not recommend you adding a probiotic food source or supplement without consulting with your primary care physician. Although rare, taking a probiotic supplement may not be wise for those who:
- Get infections often
- Have a weakened immune system
- Are allergic or sensitive to the sources of the probiotics (dairy, for example)
The advancement of probiotics research and the inclusivity of a daily probiotic supplement has made a resurgence in the present day of medical importance. Metchnikoff’s vision in 1908 has now become the present day norm for many of our medicine cabinets.
“The promise of microbiome research results largely on the future of probiotics…. Eventually, it may become possible to restore the health of a depleted microbiome simply by swallowing a capsule crammed with billions of bacterial cells, or by eating yogurt.”
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