Role of Probiotics
Most probiotics do not colonise you, they exert their beneficial effect by shifting an ecosystem back into balance that is disrupted by environment, diet or medication. Probiotics can increase microbial diversity, decrease pathogens and their toxins and promote immune responses against targeted microbes. It is believed that they primarily exert their effects within the small intestine because of the reduced density i.e. more car parking spaces are available.
The top 8 probiotic-rich foods are yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, miso, pickles, tempeh, kimchi and kombucha. An average western diet does not include these foods as we have to some extent undervalued the art of fermenting at home. There are now a variety of options in stores for fermented products which are a great substitute if you are time poor and cannot ferment at home.
Whilst we feel that you should be able to get all the nutrients you need from the food in your diet, an Akesi Bio-Fermented Tonic is a convenient way to support overall wellbeing by introducing multiple species of beneficial microbes into the body. For children, developing their palate to accommodate fermented foods takes time. Berry Spritzer can be a much easier and more successful alternative.
When choosing a good quality probiotic ensure it:
There is considerable research to support probiotic supplementation for the treatment and management of:
“Probiotics are live microorganisms that, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit to the host. ”