I work as a Respiratory Therapist 👩⚕️ in and around patients with pneumonia,😷🤒 and the flu all winter long❗️This winter the flu was particularly bad, and I didn’t get sick once, 🚫 not even a cold 🤧 I credit the probiotics I started taking last April for helping me to avoid 🚫 catching anything this winter. You might ask “HOW ON EARTH CAN TAKING PROBIOTICS HELP ME AVOID GETTING SICK🤢🤧?” OR “WHY WOULD I NEED TO TAKE A PROBIOTIC SUPPLEMENT 💊? Don’t I naturally have these in my body❓CAN'T I GET ENOUGH FROM MY FOOD 🥘 ❓(most of us don't) 🍃There are many things that upset the balance of our gut bacteria: 🌿Birth method – sometimes C-section is necessary, unfortunately it stops baby from exposure to mom’s beneficial bacteria through the trip out the birth canal.
🌿Feeding method of infants breast milk, vs formula.
🌿Antibiotics are so important to helping us when we have infection, unfortunately, they wipe out our good bacteria along with the bad.
🌿Stress has been shown to decrease the beneficial bacteria in the guts of mice.
🌿Alcohol, excessive use can reduce numbers of beneficial bacteria
🌿Artificial sweeteners, studies are showing these alter the composition of our microbiome making us store more of our calories as fat, than using them for energy.
SO HOW DO PROBIOTICS HELP IMMUNITY❓
In various studies they have been shown to: (👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻links in comments) 🌿produce bacteriocidal substances
🌿increase defense mechanisms, enhancing appropriate immune response to harmful pathogens, while at the same time decreasing unnecessary immune responses that are seen in chronic inflammatory states.
🌿have anti-inflammatory properties