5 Amazing Health Benefits of Probiotics

We’ve done a lot of talks lately on gut and digestive health, and have mentioned probiotics in the past, but many of you have asked if you should be on one and what exactly they do.

Chances are, whether you’ve been at the health game for awhile, or are just starting down a healthier path in your life, you’ve most likely heard of probiotics. But, as I am finding out, most people don’t know exactly what they are or what they are used for. All they know is that they are good for you.

In this post, you’ll find out:

  • What probiotics are and how they can benefit your health
  • What the different strands of probiotics mean
  • How to know when you should start taking probiotics
  • Where you can find probiotics, in supplement and natural form

What Are Probiotics?

Your gut contains millions of bacteria that actually help to keep you healthy. When most people think of bacteria, they think of something that is bad make them sick, but this isn’t the case.

Along with the bad bacteria, your body also consists of good bacteria, mainly consisting of bacteroids and firmicutes, and these bacteria have been linked to overall health and even weight loss (1, 2).

Having enough good bacteria isn’t just about weight loss, though, as it also helps to improve digestion, your immune system, and can even destroy other organisms that are harmful and cause disease (3, 4).

An imbalance occurs when you have more bad bacteria than good bacteria in your gut. This can lead to a number of issues, including obesity, autoimmune disease and the rise of allergies (5).

There are several things that can impact the balance, or imbalance, of the good and bad bacteria found in your body, such as taking certain antibiotics, using antibacterial soap and cleaners, eating food that isn’t properly prepared, consuming excess sugar, stress and lack of sleep.

This is where probiotics come in handy.

Probiotics are live organisms, such as bacteria and yeast, that work in your body in conjunction with the bacteria that is already present to improve your health. This helps to balance out the good and bad bacteria in your body.

Your body already contains probiotics, as does many of the foods you may already be eating, but sometimes this isn’t enough.

What Kinds Of Probiotics Are There

Lactobacillus – This is the most common probiotic that you will find. It is the probiotic that is found in foods such as yogurt and different types of fermented food, such as sauerkraut. This type of probiotic is good for people who are lactose intolerant or are suffering from diarrhea. It is also good for people who are taking antibiotics that kill both good and bad bacteria, which allows your body to grow pathogenic bacteria that cause intestinal issues.

Bifidobacterium – This probiotic is good for people who are suffering from irritable bowel syndrome and other gastrointestinal disorders.

Why Should I Take a Probiotic?

  • Mental Health – Taking a probiotic can actually improve your mental health and some mental disorders. For example, studies have shown a link between probiotics and an improvement of depression, anxiety, autism, OCD, fatigue, and stress (6, 7, 8). A study in Brain, Behavior, and Immunity showed that people who took a probiotic over the span of 40 days felt happier in life (9). Some studies show that Lactobacillus could even help with mental issues and symptoms of chronic fatigue (10).
  • Immune System – Studies have found that using certain probiotics can reduce the occurrence of respiratory infections and urinary tract infections (11, 12, 13).
  • Fat Loss – Some probiotics can affect the way your body processes and stores fat, as well as how you burn calories (14, 15). A recent study in the International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition showed that people who took multiple species of probiotic lost the most amount of weight (16).
  • Allergies – A study in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that when people took a strand of probiotic called B. lactic, their allergies improved over an 8 week time with less pro-inflammatory markers. This happens because probiotics alter the permeability of the intestinal wall. This alteration can help to keep pro-inflammatory compounds from entering the bloodstream (17).
  • Digestive Health – Most importantly, probiotics can help with digestive issues and diseases, and can be effective for people in remission with ulcerative colitis, necrotizing enterocolitis and irritable bowel syndrome (181920).

Because your gut and digestion play such a large part in the way your body breaks down and absorbs nutrients, you can almost say that keeping up your digestive health can be one of the most important things you can do for your body.

Where Can I Get Probiotics? 

You can get probiotics from many sources. They exist within many foods, such as sauerkraut, kimchi, specific yogurts, and certain cheeses.

You can also buy probiotic supplements with live organisms in it that are easy and convenient to take. Eating these foods every day can be difficult, as often they have a really strong flavor, but having your probiotic in supplement form is a more realistic way of making sure you are getting all the benefits and keeping your digestion running smoothly.

Using a probiotic can have a major impact on your mental health, digestive health, immune system and your ability to fight back against belly fat.

You can also help to support your digestive health by including superfoods to your diet.

Ingredients such as spinach, kale, broccoli, spirulina, goji berry, alfalfa, wheat grass, and acai, just to name a few, all are beneficial to your digestive and overall health. With so many different superfoods, it can be difficult to be able to get them all in and reap all the benefits.

Like with probiotics, you don’t have to eat these things every day, but rather you can take a daily supplement, such as Detox Organics. This is great if you want to be able to get in a full serving of superfoods every day and still have it taste amazing. Many superfoods can have a strong taste, so this chocolate supplement will not only satisfy a sweet tooth, but you will get almost 30 different certified organic fruits, vegetables, herbs and plants in every serving.

⚡ Related: Learn what foods you can eat to support your gut health

If you are interested in improving your digestive health or receiving any of the other benefits that can come along with taking a probiotic, here is a free morning probiotic drink recipe:

Apple Pie Apple Cider Vinegar Drink

INGREDIENTS
2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 Tablespoons no sugar added organic apple juice
6 ounces of cold water
4 drops of liquid vanilla stevia
a sprinkle of cinnamon
1-2 cubes of ice

DIRECTIONS: 
Mix all ingredients together and add more stevia if needed. Best served chilled or over a glass of ice.

 

Meet Michael Morelli, founder of Morellifit! Michael has always been involved in fitness (and believe it or not was once even a very competent magician), but the journey to where he is now is an uncommon one. Always a big believer in hard work, Michael set up a successful retail business after dropping out... read more

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