As new technology gets invented every day, so do new health concepts that are purported to solve a majority of health problems plaguing the modern world from constipation to the common cold. One of these new concepts involves probiotics which are something you currently see being used in supplements and even in certain foods and beverages. So what exactly are probiotics and what can it do for us?
First off, the word probiotics comes from the Greek words “pro” which means promoting and “biotic” which means life. While there has been some confusion as to what the exact meaning of probiotics is but the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has finally pinned it down to this: Probiotics are live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts offers immense health benefits to the hosts.
It is also defined as a preparation or product containing viable, defined microorganisms in sufficient numbers which alter the microflora (the aggregate of microorganisms that reside on the surface, as well as deep layers of the skin, saliva, conjunctiva and gastrointestinal tract) of the host, resulting in numerous health benefits to the host. Probiotics are also about striking a balance between good and bad bacteria and how to maintain that balance which can be upset by a number of things like medication, diet and disease.
Probiotics are usually found in fermented dairy products like yoghurt but are now present as well in most foods and supplements, particularly bodybuilding supplements and formulated probiotic drinks. Bifidus and acidophilus are examples of probiotics that are commonly found in these products since they are necessary dietary fibres that help you avoid stomach upsets and any digestive problems. They also help boost the immune system and therefore prevent bodybuilders from being sick or afflicted with illnesses that can sidetrack them from training. Studies show that the presence of one or several of these bacteria strains can improve digestion and prevent the numbers of our gut microflora from diminishing. It also enables bodybuilders to digest and absorb nutrients better for enhanced performance and endurance.
Also, aside from improving our digestive process, probiotics also filters out and eliminates harmful bacteria, toxins, chemicals and other waste products and helps us absorb nutrients better and delivers them to where they are needed, particularly in the muscle cells. It also enhances protection against allergies, autoimmune disorders like ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease and rheumatoid arthritis.
Although probiotics may seem such a complex concept, it is one that hasn’t fallen of the radar as far as bodybuilding health concepts go because taking supplements or including it in bodybuilding diet regimens hasn’t shown any immense negative effects to date. The fact that it helps tremendously in nutrient absorption as well as reduces food intolerance means it is very effective in helping one achieve their fitness goals. Many bodybuilders have also reported enhanced and improved performance and general well-being upon using probiotic supplements.
However, since there are people who have certain intolerance for high-fibre diets or intolerance for dairy-based products like yoghurt, it is important that you consult a health professional before taking probiotic supplements. You can also do your own research and make sure you take probiotic supplements that are just right for your condition. While probiotics are generally safe to take, it is still best to exercise caution to make sure you don’t compromise your health.