Many people have been adding probiotics to their diets for years and swear by the benefits. Learn what exactly probiotics are, the different types of probiotics that exist, how they can benefit your health, some disadvantages of using probiotics, common misconceptions surrounding their use, and finally, how probiotic-enhanced air can improve the air quality of your home.
What are Probiotics?
First things first. Let’s discuss what exactly probiotics are. Probiotics are defined as live microorganisms/bacteria. Microorganisms are tiny living organisms. Probiotics are also commonly known as friendly, good, or healthy bacteria because consistent use or exposure to them can offer many health benefits. Probiotics are perhaps best known for promoting a healthy digestive tract and immune system.
Types of Probiotics
There are two main species of the probiotics that we can consume or already live naturally in our bodies:
- Animalis – Found in Activia yogurt
- Breve – Lives in the digestive tract
- Lactis – Comes from raw milk and can be found in buttermilk and cheese, especially cottage cheese
- Longum – Lives in the GI tract.
This species of bacteria produces lactase, which is the enzyme that breaks down lactose. Lactobacillus also produces lactic acid, which helps control the amount of bad bacteria in the body. There are two strains of lactobacillus:
- Acidophilus – Lives naturally in the small
- intestine and can be found in yogurt productsReuteri – Lives in the intestine and mouth.
The Benefits of Probiotics
There are many health benefits of using probiotics. Probiotics can:
- Promote a healthy immune system
- Regulate bowel movements
- Reduce constipation or diarrhea
- Help users breakdown lactose
- Improve bloating and gas
- Alleviate allergies and eczema
- Help prevent tooth decay, periodontal disease, and other oral health problems.
Common Misconceptions about Probiotics
When it comes to probiotics, there are a couple of misconceptions floating around about their health benefits:
- Probiotics can replace medication.
- Probiotics can treat illnesses.
Neither of these claims are supported by research nor doctors and are considered myths.
Probiotics in the Air
Probiotic-enhanced air is the newest delivery method of probiotics, and it’s taking the world by storm with the promise that it can restore the eco-balance of your home and improve your indoor air quality. Basically, releasing probiotics into your air introduces good bacteria into your home, which purifies the air and protects both it and you from contaminants.
Ready to experience the benefits of probiotics in your home? WAVE Home Solutions can help! Our Probiotic Portable Air Purifier takes improving your air quality to the next level by harnessing the powerful capability of probiotics. Our state-of-the-art Probiotic Portable Air Purifier continuously cleans and purifies the air of your home by eliminating the following contaminants while delivering probiotic-enhanced air:
- Dust Mites (#1 allergen trigger)
- Pet Dander
- Biological contaminants: mold, viruses, and bacteria