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We often think of bacteria as disease-causing enemies. In reality, most of them are pretty friendly. Some are even essential to healthy body function, like probiotics, our good pals living in the pit of our stomachs. And while you might have heard that probiotics help with digestion, it doesn’t end there. James Roche, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist from St. Mary’s Medical Center says, “Probiotic foods generally provide more of a health benefit than probiotic supplements. Not all probiotic supplements will even have an effect on our health because they are not designed for proper absorption. However, probiotic supplements can be effective at providing health benefits if a proper supplement is taken.” From enabling us to lose weight, to brightening up our skin, to boosting our immune system and more, there are so many things probiotics can do for you.
Helps Gut Health
Probiotics are the go-to for gut health. They prevent diarrhea, reduce gas, help with constipation, IBS, and may even help with Crohn’s Disease.
Certain studies have found that lean folks have higher populations of probiotic bacteria than those with obesity. An extra supplement has been known to help with weight loss.
In the last ten years, scientists found a direct connection between a healthy gut and healthy brain. Probiotics can help with depression, anxiety, and are even being studied to treat Parkinsons and Alzheimers.
Although the research is controversial, some found that probiotic strains can lower cholesterol levels, as well as modestly lower blood pressure.
Boosts Immune System
Inflammation is a major cause of common disease, and probiotics reduces inflammation helping the immune system do its job.
Skin Health & Anti-Aging
Get your glow on. Probiotics may help with anti-aging and skin conditions like acne, rosacea, and eczema.
So where can I get some?
Probiotics occur naturally but people are often strengthened from the food we eat or the supplements we consume. Common probiotic-rich foods include yogurt, sauerkraut, tempeh, and kimchi. Bacteria, delish!
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