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Probiotics Why They Are Good For You

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Sharlee likes to research common health ailments that can be remedied with a little self-care and healthy lifestyle choices.


Did you know there are approximately 100 trillion bacteria that are in your digestive system, and they weigh anywhere from 3 - 5 pounds? That is about the size of your brain. Actually, while we are on the subject, recent research has linked gut health to brain illnesses, such as anxiety and depression. So, It may be a good time to consider the benefits of adding more probiotics as well as prebiotics to your diet. Please talk to your doctor before adding any new dietary supplements or starting a new dietary regime if you are on medications or have previous health problems.

What Are Probiotics?

Probiotics are microorganisms that are part of your normal stomach bacteria. We often tend to think of bacteria as something we want to avoid, harmful, or unwanted. However, bacteria are actually important, and aids in helping your body work properly and help in digesting food and performing other body functions.

The Importance Of Probiotics

Try to think of your body as an ecosystem. Ecosystems need balance to remain functional. As does your body to maintain optimal health. Probiotics are not meant to cure diseases or treat diseases, but they can work to stave off health problems. Probiotics are proven to be beneficial for restoring bacterial balance in the gut after experiencing diarrhea or a yeast infection.

Probiotics are sold readily over the counter. One must be aware that not all probiotics are species that are found in the human stomach. The beneficial effects of one strain probiotic may not be present in another probiotic. Lactobacillus and bifidobacterium are the most common strains that are easily purchased over the counter. Lactobacillus and bifidobacterium have shown to be effective in producing a compound that limits the growth of "bad " bacteria.


The Best Ways To Get Probiotics

Probiotics are readily available in food. Probiotic supplements are sold at Grocery stores, pharmacies as well as health food outlets.

Foods That Contain Probiotics








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Are Prebiotics The Same As Probiotics?

Prebiotics are different than probiotics... Prebiotics are plant fibers that actually stimulate the growth of certain good bacteria's in your stomach. Fruits and vegetables commonly contain prebiotics. Probiotics contain live microorganisms and when ingested are directly added to your stomach to decrease the production of harmful bacteria. Studies show that adding prebiotics helps probiotics work better.

Foods High In Prebiotics

  • Chicory Root
  • Dandelion Greens
  • Jerusalem Artichoke
  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Leeks
  • Asparagus
  • Bananas


For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. Which of these foods can provide probiotics?
    • Yogurt
    • Red meat
    • A piece of chocolate cake
  2. Are prebiotics the same as probiotics?
    • No
    • yes
  3. Which one of these foods is highest in prebiotics?
    • Sauerkraut
    • Bananas
  4. Can probiotics be more beneficial when taken with a prebiotic?
    • no
    • yes
  5. Approximately how many Bacteria live in your gut?
    • Hundreds
    • billions
    • trillions
  6. Approximately how much do the bacteria that lives in your stomach weigh?
    • 100 oz
    • 10 pounds
    • 3-5 pounds
  7. Is there research that links brain health to good gastrointestinal health?
    • Yes
    • no
  8. Can probiotics work to balance your gut bacteria? Get rid of the harmful, and keep the good?
    • yes
    • no
  9. Can probiotics be a cure all for curing disease?
    • yes
    • no
  10. Do probiotics help with proper digestion?
    • no
    • yes
  11. Can probiotics be purchased over the counter?
    • yes
    • no
    • In some states
  12. Should you speak with your doctor before adding probiotics supplements to your diet?
    • yes you should...
    • No need too...

Answer Key

  1. Yogurt
  2. No
  3. Bananas
  4. yes
  5. trillions
  6. 3-5 pounds
  7. Yes
  8. yes
  9. no
  10. yes
  11. yes
  12. yes you should...

Just curious...

© 2020 Sharlee


Sharlee (author) on January 11, 2020:

T --- Thank you for your comment. I appreciate your correction and your informative comment.

The Logician from then to now on on January 11, 2020:

Great article. However, your quiz first answer isn’t exactly correct. Probiotics must survive in the acidic gastric environment if they are to reach the small intestine and colonize the host. They don’t benefit you in the stomach!

They are killed by stomach acid and sugars in the stomach actually helps them to survive.

Did you know that the appendix, which was once thought to be a vestigial worthless organ by so called “science,” actually functions as a reservoir for probiotics which can serve as the source of replenishment to the intestine when bouts of diarrhea flush out the resident probiotic colonies?

Great article on what everyone should be educated!

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