Have you heard? Probiotics are the supplement world’s superstar. They’ve been making headlines in the medical research field as scientists uncover the mysteries of the digestive system. Do you ever wonder what are the health benefits of probiotics?
Probiotics And Digestive Health
Culturelle Digestive Health Capsules
50 Count The health of your intestinal tract, which contains countless bacteria, is directly related to the strength of your immune system and your overall health.
During the digestive process, as the bacteria break down food into vitamins and minerals, they create many bio-active compounds that communicate with the immune system through the cells that line our digestive tract. Bacteria are in constant contact with those cells and those in our immune system.
So, what do probiotics have to do with all this? And what are they anyway?
Well, probiotics are edible products that contain the belly-friendly bacteria that live in your digestive tract. They support your body’s ability to absorb nutrients and fight infection.
What Are The Health Benefits Of Probiotics
The benefits of probiotics are so wide-ranging that they’re now widely accepted by traditional medicine. It’s now commonplace to find probiotics in a pharmacy. Check out the list of benefits below to get an idea of just how powerful probiotic supplements are.
- Regulate metabolism
- Treat lactose intolerance, irritable bowel syndrome and leaky gut syndrome
- Promote oral health
- Decrease the incidence of allergies
- Treat ezcema and psoriasis
- Strengthen the immune system
- Improve digestion
- Reduce colds and flus
- Treat vaginal yeast infections
- And so much more!
Best Probiotic Supplements For Candida
Threelac Original Natural Probiotic Candida Relief Formula 3Lac 60 servings I’ve been taking probiotics for years and my children also take their “little pink pill’’ every morning for general immune support.
But recently I turned to probiotics for a completely different (and rather annoying) reason: candida.
After an unsuccessful round of topical treatment prescribed by my doctor, the nurse suggested I take a potent probiotic supplement. Bingo! My candida was gone soon after.
So ladies, make sure you incorporate probiotics next time you have a yeast infection. You might be amazed at the results!
Foods That Contain Probiotics Naturally
Many foods, especially fermented goods contain probiotics naturally. Here’s a short list of probiotic rich foods:
- Raw pickles
- Root and ginger beers
- Fermented vegetables
If you’ve been curious about probiotics and thinking about including them in your diet, don’t worry: you’re probably already eating them!
How To Choose Your Probiotic Supplements
Now if you’re not a big fan of sauerkraut or raw pickles, no worries: a capsule or two every day will keep your gut in tip top condition. Here are my 3 quick tips to help you pick the right probiotic supplement for you:
- Reputation – Go with a brand known for quality. Personally, I’m a fan of Sisu and Udo’s Choice.
- Number of probiotics – Look for a brand that has a higher number of probiotics, from 15 billion to 100 billion.
- More strains, more gains – A supplement with 10 to 30 different strains is best.
Best Rated Probiotic Supplements
Nature’s Bounty Ultra Probiotic 10, 60 CapsulesNutrition Essentials #1 Rated Probiotic – Most CFU’s per Bottle – 60 Day Supply NatureWise Daily Care Time-Release Probiotics: Comparable to 90 Billion CFU, 60 Caplets
Probiotics are perfectly safe to take; you can take one or more supplements every day, depending on how you’re feeling. Just remember to take it easy when starting out. If you consume a few too many probiotics, you might be dealing with a bout of diarrhea…
Incorporating probiotics into your daily life is one of the best things you can do for your health. My tips will help you get a good start with probiotics and put you on the path to wellness.
To learn more about gut health and how probiotics play such an important part in your overall health, make sure you visit my gut health Pinterest board.
Chantal Sneath, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach
Chantal is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach who helps busy mothers feel and look awesome through energizing food and lifestyle choices over at Chantal Sneath.
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