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 ie 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 Probiotic+ Powder and/or a Bio-Fermented Tonic is a convenient way to support overall wellbeing by introducing multiple strains of beneficial microbes into the body.
For children, developing their palate to accommodate fermented foods takes time – probiotic powders can be a much easier and more successful alternative.
When choosing a good quality probiotic ensure it:
Contains multiple probiotic strains
Contains both Lactobacilli and Bifidobacterium strains
States a CFU count above 1 billion
Contains a CFU count that is maintained throughout the shelf life of the product
Is manufactured in a licensed medicine facility
There is considerable research to support probiotic supplementation for the treatment and management of:
Necrotising Enterocolitis in premature babies
Colic and constipation in newborns
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Antibiotic associated diarrhoea (AAD)
Clostridium difficile diarrhoea (hospital setting)
More research is emerging to suggest that probiotic supplement can also assist with:
Digestive health by rebalancing the gut microbiota
Supporting the immune system
Improving the gut wall’s protective mucosa
Maintaining healthy bowel habits
Improving your psychological well-being