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What are Probiotics?

You hear a lot about probiotics these days. In my opinion, the Made Man Pro-40 Probiotic we offer is one of our most beneficial and important products. I like to think of probiotics as microscopic good-guy warriors patrolling inside our gut and on our skin. But I realize that is rather anecdotal. So here’s a brief scoop on what probiotics really are:

Your body is full of bacteria, both good and bad. Probiotics are live bacteria that are good for your health and are especially helpful for your digestive system. In addition to supplement form, they can be found in a number of fermented foods such as kombucha, yogurt, and sauerkraut.

There are all kinds of different probiotic species, the two most common types of probiotics are Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium. 

Lactobacillus is a crucial component for creating a lactic acid environment in the gut, which is necessary for fighting off bad bacteria that thrive in alkaline environments, and are also necessary in order to absorb a variety of essential vitamins and minerals. Acidophilus (you may recognize this term from your favorite yogurt label) is the most common and perhaps effective strain of Lactobacillus.

Bifidobacterium is also very helpful in creating that lactic acid environment in your gut but it also helps with the digestion by creating enzymes that break down of carbohydrates, fat, and protein molecules into smaller pieces that are easier for the body to metabolize.

Keeping a healthy store of probiotics in your system, therefore, can help prevent you from getting sick, AND it helps you metabolize nutrients properly. If you take antibiotics, the medication can destroy both bad and good bacteria, so it’s important that you counter the administration of antibiotics with probiotics supplementation.

In addition to everyday health, probiotic supplementation can be hugely beneficial for sufferers of irritable bowel syndrome and eczema. From here, it gets really exciting. The evidence is mounting that probiotics play a significant role in maintaining a healthy weight and a healthy cholesterol level. I’ll be writing separate a blog post about these topics very soon.