Probiotics are touted as a gut healing miracle, and for good reason. A probiotic can do so much more for your gut other than ensuring that you go to the bathroom regularly. Probiotics and digestive health are linked essentially to your overall health.
If you haven’t started incorporating fermented foods in your daily diet and started taking a probiotic supplement yet, you should really ensure that these healing micro-organisms are part of your lifestyle.
Do I even need a probiotic supplement?
Unless you have a perfectly working gut with no issues and digesting your food optimally paired with eating a fiber-rich diet with a good amount of fermented foods daily at every meal, mostly everyone needs a probiotic supplement and everyone (unless indicated by your doctor) benefits from taking one.
Modern lifestyles have shown that it’s difficult to get all the probiotics our bodies need from diet alone and the numerous digestive issues that affect many individuals compromise our digestive system and make it hard for good bacteria to thrive. Having a daily probiotic supplement helps to keep our gut microbiome balanced from unhealthy lifestyle habits (eating junk food, drinking alcohol, taking antibiotics etc.) and acts as a fantastic lifestyle addition for preventing disease and promoting long term health.
Here’s how your body benefits when you start taking probiotics.
1. Better nutrient absorption
Probiotics and their immediate link to digestive health is well ingrained into our minds, but what does this exactly mean? Simply put, these living microorganisms help our bodies break down food more efficiently in a way that makes it available for our bodies to easily absorb. This means getting more out of your healthy eating habits.
Both macronutrients (carbohydrates, fats and proteins) as well as micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) are better absorbed into your system with the help of probiotics.
2. Happier moods
Going beyond your gut health, you can look forward to happier and more stable moods when you start incorporating probiotics into your diet.
Research is starting to uncover that negative feelings such as anxiety can be relieved and even remedied by balancing your gut microbiome. The trillions of microorganisms living in your gut are linked to your your digestive system, metabolism, immunity and even the way your brain functions. Try increasing the good bacteria in your gut by cutting down on artificial and junk food, incorporating fermented foods, and taking a quality probiotic to help send your brain the right signals to keep you feeling happy and stable.
Boosting your gut health helps to protect your body from the damaging effects of cortisol, the hormone that is released when our bodies are stressed.
3. Stronger immunity
With the majority of your immune system being located in the gut, it makes sense that healthy gut function makes for healthy immune function. If your gut is feeling sluggish and bogged down your immune system follows suit.
When you incorporate probiotics into your diet, you can look forward to a stronger immune system, meaning fewer sick days and stronger resistance to infectious and disease-causing viruses, bacteria, allergens and fungi.
4. Healthier skin
Our bodies largest organ benefits too from the tiny microorganisms residing in our gut. This is thanks to the anti-inflammatory benefits that probiotics bring.
Skin conditions that show up on our skin as a form of inflammation can be lessened with the help of probiotics. Acne, dermatitis, eczema, rosacea and even UV-induced skin damage are all forms of inflammatory flare ups that indicate something off balance happening within your body; often traced back to poor gut health.
How to make the most of probiotics:
1. Take a probiotic supplement at least 30 minutes before a meal to ensure proper absorption. When you consume a probiotic supplement with food, you lessen the chances of beneficial bacteria making it to your small intestines because your stomach acid burns it off.
2. Incorporate these probiotic-rich foods into your diet:
- Apple Cider Vinegar
- Miso paste
3. Pair fermented foods with foods that are rich in fiber as fiber acts as a ‘prebiotic’ which feeds the good gut bacteria and helps them to flourish in your gut.