There are 400 to 500 species of bacteria living in your gut or gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Probiotic (the good) bacteria have many more functions than just aiding with digestion. They trigger immune system reactions throughout the body, including activating T-cells.
Probiotics help restore the beneficial gut bacteria that may have been depleted as a result of poor diet, the overuse of antibiotics, food poisoning or environmental toxins, and promote overall health and well-being. Here are six reasons to take probiotics:
- Enhanced Immunity – 80% of your immune system is in your gut. Probiotics replenish beneficial bacteria for optimal digestive and immune health, help balance yeast growth and promote daily relief from gas, bloating and irregularity.
- Improved Heart Health – Probiotics might help reduce blood pressure. According to a study publishing in Hypertension, a journal of the American Heart Association, in 2014, the reduction was greatest in people whose blood pressure was already elevated.
- Increased Energy – Probiotics create a microenvironment inside your digestive system that encourages mineral absorption so you can feel like your happy, energetic and vibrant self.
- Improved Stomach Sensitivity – Digestive issues plague millions of Americans, whether chronic or just the occasional episode. Bloating, heartburn and stomach cramps can be the result of your stomach struggling to digest. Probiotics help reduce this type of GI distress by helping your body break down proteins, carbohydrates and fats more efficiently. If you suffer from chronic gastrointestinal issues or have a diagnosed GI issue like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), friendly bacteria can reduce existing gut pain and discomfort.
- Weight Loss – Recent studies show that probiotics may improve your metabolism and accelerate fat loss. Getting your system back in balance can help you lose weight.
- Improved Skin Conditions – If you have an allergic skin reaction to cow’s milk, probiotics may help. If eczema runs in your family, taking probiotics during pregnancy may keep your newborn from getting it.