Secrets of Probiotics

Get Your Gut in Order

Dear Reader,

Probiotics: The very word mystifies many. Worse, it has sparked a sizable supply of stubborn myths.

    You may have seen reports saying probiotics cause digestive issues.

    You may have heard all yogurts are equal sources of probiotics.

    You may think that foods containing probiotics are expensive or hard to find.

Science has been debunking these and other probiotics myths for decades. But sorting them out isn’t easy — unless you know where to look and which sources to trust.
“Bad” bacteria can wreak havoc on your health.
Enter probiotics — “good” bacteria that help wage war against harmful microorganisms.
Benefits of Probiotic Foods
ow you can get the truth about probiotics from the experts at Harvard Medical School. They’ve compiled the latest information into a clear, concise guide called Benefits of Probiotic Foods, and it’s available right now.
Confusion reigns
We hear a lot about probiotics these days. More and more, the word is showing up in health headlines and on food packaging. You’re just not sure what probiotics actually are. Or what they do for us. Or where they come from. The general perception of probiotics can be summed up in the title of an old Bob Dylan song: “Mixed-Up Confusion.”
Our e-guide Benefits of Probiotic Foods brings you the most important advantage you can have: clarity. We always want clarity regarding our health. By absorbing plain-language explanations from Harvard’s medical experts, you’ll get it. Our accessible and digestible guide teaches you how probiotics can make a difference in your gut health... and your overall health.
A stronger immune system?

A stronger immune system?

Now more than ever, we worry about our immune system. About our ability to fight viruses. About staying germ-free. About fending off harmful microorganisms we can’t see, smell, or feel. Count probiotics as an ally. Out of literally hundreds of ingestible bacteria classified as probiotics, two strains in particular may help strengthen your immune system: Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria.
Harvard Medical School’s experts explain how to identify these health-enhancing probiotics. You’ll learn about others, too — including probiotics that can ease cramps and diarrhea... or neutralize toxins in the gut... or help with lactose digestion... or decrease the oral bacteria that cause tooth decay.
Good vs. Bad
Think about this: The human gut has 100 trillion bacteria — some harmful, some useful. By working probiotics into your diet, you help counterbalance the “bad” bacteria in your gut. Probiotics can provide a boost to your “good” bacteria as they wage war against dangerous organisms.

About those dangerous organisms: You can’t see them or feel them, but they’re there. They invade the human body and are known to cause poor health... serious infections... disease... even death.

    You know about Salmonella, the most common cause of food-related illness in America. Every year in the U.S., Salmonella causes 1.35 million infections, 26,500 hospitalizations, and 420 deaths.

    You’ve heard of E. coli, another food-borne illness. E. coli afflicts 265,000 Americans every year and causes 100 deaths.

Probiotics can help provide a natural defense against these and other infection-causing organisms.
That’s not all. Research in this field is new and developing, but studies are showing probiotics may help you avoid digestive ailments and gastrointestinal issues. Furthermore, probiotics may help ease inflammation — a cause of countless ailments from head to toe.
Recent studies also have shown probiotics may help protect against certain cancers... help manage conditions that raise the risk of heart disease... aid recovery from stress... and enhance brain function. Probiotics, studies show, may even aid in weight-loss efforts!

But where do I get probiotics?

But where do I get probiotics?

Let’s start your gut-health education right now. Getting probiotics into your body — and starting the process of combating harmful bacteria — is simple. Make sure your diet includes foods that provide probiotics. Now, in our exclusive guide, you’ll learn about the best sources of probiotics, from the obvious (yogurt) to the unusual (kimchi, a cabbage dish) and everything in between:

    You’ll learn in Benefits of Probiotic Foods about common foods that — because of their probiotics advantage — should have a regular place in your diet.

    You’ll get simple probiotic-rich recipes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

    We’ll tell you about sauces, dressings, and marinades packed with probiotics.

How much is enough?

How much is enough?

It’s one thing to know about dietary sources of probiotics. But how much probiotic-rich food is enough? Can you consume probiotics if you’re taking antibiotics? And how might women (and new moms) benefit from probiotics?

Harvard medical experts have the answers to these and other questions in Benefits of Probiotic Foods. Click below to order our special guide.

Harvard Health Publishing
Harvard Medical School 
6 replies
  1. Hannaneh Ghalandari
    Hannaneh Ghalandari says:

    Hello professor, the article was very useful for me And in my opinion, since probiotics are very effective on mood and prevent depression, stress and anxiety, they are considered one of the important things needed by the body.

  2. Mona mollakazemi
    Mona mollakazemi says:

    Probiotics help the body to naturally detoxify and cleanse itself. These compounds also reduce oral ulcers and bad breath with the help of their cleaning power.

  3. Darya Ghaderi
    Darya Ghaderi says:

    Even good probiotics will have a bad effect if eaten in excess and most of them will be excreted, so we must eat everything in the right amount to have a positive effect on our body.

  4. iliyamojir
    iliyamojir says:

    The results of valid research indicate that the consumption of probiotics may cause the creation of more healthy bacteria that can help restore the balance of the gut microbiota.

  5. Orna shayanfar
    Orna shayanfar says:

    Probiotics are made from good live bacteria or yeast that live naturally in the body. There are good and bad bacteria in the body


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