What are probiotic drinks and how do they improve health?
During recent year’s kombucha tea and probiotic drinks have become increasingly popular, with many people staring the numerous health benefits that are associated with them. However what are they and what do they do? Are they really beneficial for our general health? Below we will look at what probiotic drinks are and the many benefits that are associated with drinking them.
Probiotics are generally known as ‘good’ or ‘healthy’ bacteria and are known to help restore the natural balance of healthy bacteria within the gut. This includes the stomach, large and small intestines. Taking probiotics is very effective when the body is overcoming a recent illness or trauma. They are also beneficial when taken on a regular daily basis, as they can also help to protect the gut of individuals who suffer from Chrons disease and who irritable bowel disease.
Probiotic drinks are usually dairy based in nature and are most commonly yogurt probiotic drinks that are available in a variety of flavours. Most commonly the two probiotics that are used in these drinks are lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium. http://happykombucha.co.uk/ are where you will find many types of probiotic drinks.
The history of probiotics
Even though probiotics appear to be a modern invention, they have in fact been around for centuries, just in a different form. Ancient Romans often drank fermented milk in order to cure intestinal problems and the Nobel laureate Elie Metchnikoff, at the beginning of the twentieth century, carried out research on the subject of gut flora and found that harmful microbes within the gut could be replaced with helpful bacteria.
Evidence for probiotic drinks
There is a lot of documented evidence to support the benefits of probiotics on general health. They include preventing diarrhoea, lessening the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), colic, helping to boost the immune system and preventing inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and eczema.
Therefore there are many health benefits associated with the regular ingestion of probiotic drinks.