6 Reasons You Must Add Probiotics To Your Diet
What are Probiotics?
- Overuse of antibiotics
- Alcohol (except red wine)
- Lack of Exercise
- Birth Control
- GMO Foods
- Gluten, food allergens
- Emotional Stress
- Poor Sleep
- Overuse of Antibacterial Sanitizers
6 Reasons You Must Add A Probiotic To Your Diet
1. Helps with Healthy Digestion
2. Probiotics Decrease Inflammation In The Body
Inflammation is at the root of so many health problems. Arthritis, asthma, cancers, heart disease, diabetes, Parkinson’s, Crohn’s, and many other diseases are all inflammatory in nature. Research has found that probiotics can decrease inflammation in the body by supporting the good bacteria and warding off the bad. This allows for a well-functioning system and less overall inflammation. This will keep you feeling healthy now, while preventing more serious issues down the road.
3. Probiotics Keep Our Immune System Functioning Properly
Did you know that most of our immune system resides in our digestive system? Our good bacteria in our guts do a lot of the heavy work when it comes to keeping us at the top of our game. These microorganisms help to destroy harmful bacteria while also stimulating the body to secrete substances like IgA and regulatory T-cells. These are important in maintaining our defense system.
4. Probiotics Improve Our Moods
Our digestive system is intimately linked to our neurological system and hormonal system– so mood disorders like anxiety and depression are influenced by our microbiome. The enteric nervous system is located in the gut and is responsible for almost all of our serotonin production and therefore has a big influence on our emotions and moods. Researchers have also found that some of the ways that probiotics can help with our moods is by regulating inflammation impacting the gut-brain. Studies have shown that the use of probiotics may be helpful in the reduction of depression, manic depression, mood swings, autism, and other disorders.
5. Probiotics Help You Absorb More Nutrients
6. Probiotics Help Encourage Weight Loss
This works in two different ways. First, the probiotics are allowing your digestive system to heal and repair while encouraging more of the healthy, good-for-you bacteria to thrive. Secondly, this probiotic may also improve your metabolic function and might even help to reactivate thyroid cells. Improved digestion, regulated metabolism, and a functioning thyroid are all crucial for losing unnecessary weight and feeling good.
Keeps Blood Pressure In Check
Cucumbers contain magnesium and potassium, both of which are important in the maintenance of good blood pressure. If you suffer from hypertension, add in cucumber slices or juice to your daily diet to help improve your blood pressure.
How To Get More Probiotics in Your Diet
Now that you know all the amazing benefits of probiotics, let’s dive into how we can start adding them into our lifestyles. As far as food sources go, there are so many great ways to increase the amounts of probiotics in your diet. Check out these easy food fixes:
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Who should supplement?
The short answer: everyone! Adding in foods that are high in probiotics is a fantastic start. Unfortunately, our modern lifestyles and agricultural practices make getting enough probiotics without supplementing very difficult. Even if you have a pretty amazing diet, most of us eat out from time to time and are therefore exposed to foods with antibiotics, GMOs, and pesticides. Probiotics are one of the supplements I recommend for ALL of my patients, and it is an easy way to really transform your health from the inside out. When your gut health is on track, it is much easier for other issues and concerns to clear up.
How to Choose a Good probiotic:
There are so many types of probiotics on the market that it can be a little overwhelming. Here are my recommendations when shopping around for your probiotic:
- Shoot for 50 billion per serving.
- Find a probiotic that has several types of bacteria that include Lactobacillus and Bacillus bacteria types. Our gut is meant to have a wide variety of bugs, so make sure your supplement is varied.
- Choose a product that has a reliable delivery system. This means you want to find one that won’t die on the shelf or once it hits your belly. Dr. David Williams recommends a controlled-release tablet, but make sure to do the research on whatever brand you choose. No matter which kind you buy, make sure to sore them away from heat, light, or moisture.
- Look for the strain that best suits your concerns.
- My personal favorite is Dr. Axe’s Probiotic. I find that it covers all of these must-do’s and is an all-around great product. The best news? You receive a free Dr. Axe Probiotic when you join the Gut Rehab Program to revolutionize your gut health!
Team Up With a Probiotic
If you are ready to add a probiotic into your diet, feel free to contact me for more information, or check out the Gut Rehab Program for a comprehensive 30-day plan to get you feeling your absolute best!
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What are your favorite ways of getting probiotics into your diet? Please let us know! Leave a comment below.