Your body naturally has both ‘good’ and ‘bad’ bacteria living in it, many of them living in your gut. Probiotics are the ‘good’ kind, and include several different types of bacteria, most belonging to two main groups: Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium. Probiotics help to move food through your digestive system, and make the process more efficient. In addition, probiotics have been shown to help with certain gut conditions, including irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel syndrome, and diarrhea. Probiotic foods can help replace lost gut bacteria (often lost after a course of antibiotics), and can also help to balance the types of bacteria in your system.
Spirulina is a cyanobacterium, rich in proteins and amino acids. Spirulina is also high in iron, making it a great non‐animal source of bio‐available iron for vegans and vegetarians, and is incredibly high in calcium, making it a suitable supplement for pregnant women. In addition, spirulina has an oxygen radical absorbance capacity (ORAC) 4‐times that of blueberries, making it a good choice among antioxidant foods. The main drawback is that spirulina tastes rather unpleasant, so many people choose to take it in capsule form, or mixed into a smoothie.
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