We consume it every day without knowing it. Probiotics (literally pro bio means in favor of life) are bacteria, viruses or yeast that have a positive effect on our health. It is found in fermented products (yoghurt and fermented milk), but also in ice cream, granola bars, cured meats, sourdough bread, etc.
WHY TAKE PROBIOTIC SUPPLEMENTS?
Quite simply to strengthen and improve the intestinal flora. Probiotics change the profile of the intestinal flora through their presence.
The role of probiotics is to “feed” our gut flora so that it functions properly. Since 70% of immune cells are located around the gut, flora plays a key role in our immunity. It also ensures good food absorption, participates in the production of vitamins B and K, facilitates the digestion of proteins and milk, and partially breaks down cholesterol. An unbalanced intestinal flora can lead to digestive problems. Flatulence, diarrhea and abdominal pain are part of everyday life for many people. By realigning the microbiota, these inconveniences can go away. Especially with athletes, the many meals, which can be extensive and/or the intake of a lot of protein, but also fiber, can make digestion difficult.
The bodybuilder (in particular) consumes many nutrients daily to nourish his muscles (4,5,6 meals and snacks per day). In addition to difficult digestion, some of these nutrients are often not absorbed. Probiotics can then help correct this problem by improving the assimilation capacity of the gut flora.
The gut microbiota is responsible for a large part of the immunity of the human body. It is responsible for stopping pathogenic bacteria. Thanks to probiotics, it is possible to strengthen this microbiota, especially when the flora is unbalanced.
HOW TO TAKE PROBIOTICS?
Probiotics or lactic ferments are found in certain foods. They are found in yoghurts, fermented milk, plants (vegetables and cereals), but also in wheat germ and brewer’s yeast, among other things. You may prefer eating fruits and vegetables and chicory, a source of inulin. However, it may be more effective to consume the prebiotics directly as a supplement, which will ensure you are taking an adequate amount.
WHEN TO TAKE PROBIOTICS?
They must be taken with all meals or 1h30 after meals to avoid digestion by digestive juices. The more protein in your diet and the more intense your training, the more probiotics you should use.
The complete probiotic formulation, exclusive to BULK POWDERS™, contains 5 different probiotic strains that provide almost 8 billion colony forming units (CFU) per day – the best on the market. It also contains digestive enzymes to aid in digestion. Betaine HCL aids in digestion by increasing acid production in the stomach, while pepsin and alpha-amylase aid in the digestion of proteins and carbohydrates.
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