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Probiotics Heal More Than Your Gut

Probiotics Heal More Than Your Gut

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What Are Probiotics?

Probiotics are friendly bacteria that offer many health benefits from aiding digestion to supporting the immune system. When you have enough beneficial bacteria in your gut, your body can absorb vitamins and nutrients from your food properly. Some research also shows positive effects of probiotics for people with asthma 1, allergies, diarrhea, IBS, IBD 2, and skin disorders like eczema.

Recent research 3 also shows a connection between healthy bacteria and the brain’s neurotransmitter function. If you’re like most women, you’ve had the experience of stress or other intense emotions affecting your digestion. What they are now discovering is that your gut can also affect your brain and mood. 4 5

Picking a Probiotic Supplement

In order to be effective in supplemental form probiotics need to be:

  1. viable (live) at the time of consumption,
  2. in sufficient quantity (number of bacteria),
  3. and they need to provide the right strain (type) of bacteria) that has been clinically studied and shown to offer health benefits in humans.

There is huge variance among probiotics supplements in terms of quality, potency and storage requirements. While many companies boast a high count of bacteria on their label, more is not necessarily better. What is more important is that the bacteria are live at the time of consumption and they make it into the gastrointestinal tract where they can implant and confer benefits.

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6 Signs You May Need Probiotics

Like most things in life, balance is the key to a healthy body. When your body becomes overrun with too much ‘bad’ bacteria, and not enough ‘good’ bacteria, you can become out of balance, with a compromised immune system and a whole host of health concerns.
Probiotics or ‘good’ bacteria help to balance ‘bad’ bacteria, assist in digestion, help your immune function, and are an integral part of the gut-brain connection.
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The Power of Probiotics

The human gut is a huge complex ecosystem where microbiota (the ecological community of microorganisms that literally share our body space) and nutrients (found in food and supplements) interact extensively. These bacterial communities that make up the gut microbiota have many functions, and when there is any disturbance, the gut microbiota may become damaged.
The strongest evidence to date finds that probiotics benefits may include:

  • boosting immune system 6
  • prevention and treatment of Antibiotic-associated diarrhea 7
  • improving digestive function 8
  • healing inflammatory bowel conditions like IBS 9
  • treat ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease 10
  • managing and preventing eczema in children 11
  • fighting food-borne illnesses such as food poisoning 12
  • improve vaginal health, prevent candida and yeast infections 13
  • preventing and improving urinary tract infections (UTIs) 14
  • reduce anxiety and stress 15 [16]
  • improve mood disorders such as depression 16 17
  • improve constipation, gas and bloating
  • reduce flu and colds 18
  • prevent cavities and gum disease 19 20
  • brain fog 21
  • preventing or slowing the development of certain types of cancer 22
  • lower cholesterol 23
  • lose weight
  • manage Celiac Disease
  • improve acne and rosacea 24
  • treat colic in babies 25
  • combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria 26
  • treat liver disease 27
  • fight bacteria that causes ulcers 28
  • delay the onset of glucose intolerance that leads to Type 2 Diabetes 29
  • Autoimmune Diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and joint pain 30

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Resources

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  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC539443/
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3839572/
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24997036
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  11. http://www.jacionline.org/article/S0091-6749%2812%2901464-9/abstract
  12. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1828830/
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  14. http://www.health.harvard.edu/vitamins-and-supplements/health-benefits-of-taking-probiotics
  15. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26522841
  16. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24997036
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  18. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD006895.pub2/abstract
  19. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0168160504001552
  20. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16878680
  21. http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fnins.2015.00225/pdf
  22. https://nccih.nih.gov/research/results/spotlight/110508.htm
  23. ftp://ftp.fao.org/es/esn/food/Gilli.pdf
  24. https://www.aad.org/media/news-releases/could-probiotics-be-the-next-big-thing-in-acne-and-rosacea-treatments
  25. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3183958/
  26. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27092975
  27. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22661622
  28. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4394097/
  29. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4498615/
  30. https://www.nih.gov/news-events/nih-research-matters/gut-microbes-linked-rheumatoid-arthritis

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