Probiotics are an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. They keep your gut happy, improve digestion, and help maintain a strong immune system.
In this guest post, our author will explain some of the probiotic benefits and uses.
Guest Post: Probiotic Benefits + Uses
What Are Probiotics Good For
Almost everyone has heard of probiotics. Especially in today’s world where people are more health-conscious than ever. You may wonder what probiotics are or how you should use them. In order to make a decision if you should be taking a probiotic supplement, you should understand how they may benefit your health.
What Are Probiotics?
We hear the word tossed about so frequently, but what are probiotics? In short, probiotics are “good” bacteria. Beneficial flora that is found in your gut. A balanced supply of these bacteria can improve digestive health, which is why many people decide to take probiotics in the first place.
Why Are They Important?
The human body houses roughly 100 trillion bacterial cells, outnumbering our own cells by ten to one. This spectrum of bacteria is known as “the micronome” and is the equivalent of an ecosystem. Some of these bacteria support our bodily systems and functions. And others are pathogens.
They are affected by a modern diet of processed foods, high in sugar and low in fermented foods. As well as consumption of antibiotics, all these things throw off the balance of “good’ and “bad” flora.
How Do I Choose The Right Probiotic?
There are many different probiotics on the market but one product is not necessarily as beneficial as the next. One of the variables to look at is the diversity in strains of probiotics.
One product is not necessarily the same as another. In fact, many probiotic products may involve one or more strains of good bacteria.
Furthermore, the organisms that are actually contained in these products are usually present in exceptionally high numbers, usually between 1 billion and 250 billion. As you can see, there is a lot of difference between one product and the next.
That is why it is so important to do your homework to find the product that works best for you. Since one product can be vastly different from another, it is important for you to carefully read all of the ingredients that are included in each product and then determine whether or not that is a product that will work for you. Otherwise, you might not be getting the product that you really need and therefore, you won’t see the results you are expecting to see.
What Are Probiotics Used For?
As previously mentioned, probiotics are frequently used in order to improve digestive health. That means that anyone with constipation, as well as those suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome and other similar health issues typically turn to probiotics as one of their first lines of defense.
In addition to these benefits, probiotics can also provide you with a stronger immune system. This is largely because it helps move toxins out of your body so you aren’t as prone to getting sick as you might otherwise be.
Benefits of Probiotics
Some of the benefits have already been mentioned. For example, you know that using probiotics can help with your digestive health and even improve your overall health by strengthening your immune system. In fact, improved overall health is one of the major benefits of consuming probiotics.
There are also a few additional benefits that most people don’t realize. For some people, using probiotics makes it easier to lose weight. This is due to the improved digestive health people taking probiotics usually experience. Another lesser-known benefit is improved oral health. This is especially beneficial for those that are already beginning to see the first signs of periodontal disease.
While it can be difficult to understand which product is better when it comes to taking probiotics, it is imperative that you tailor whatever product you choose to fit your particular situation. While improved overall health is a reason that most people choose to take these products, it is important to think about the goals you wish to achieve by taking them and choose accordingly.
The most costly products on the market aren’t necessarily the best for your particular situation. It’s important to know exactly what makes up the supplement instead of worrying about getting the best deal.
You will want to see tangible results. Typically, if you are taking the right probiotics, you will gradually see these results. Some amount of patience is necessary to see results. Whatever the case, it is definitely worth at least investigating the option of supplementing your diet with probiotics for improved health.
Learn More About the Author
Jennifer Fontaine is the managing editor of Outdoor Families Magazine and digital content manager at 1MD.org. As a 20-year veteran of the Entertainment Industry her varied content inspires earth stewardship and a dynamic change in the world.
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