The benefits of probiotics

by Michelle on December 6, 2017

There is a lot of information flying around about the many benefits of probiotics and most of it is factual.  However, some of the “facts” just don’t pan out and weaken the argument for the benefits of taking them.  Probiotics play a key role in the body on many levels and keeping a good balance in the digestive system serves many functions.

The strongest evidence to date finds that probiotic benefits include:

  1. Balancing the friendly bacteria in the digestive system
  2. Boosting the immune system
  3. Preventing & treating urinary tract infections
  4. Improving digestive function
  5. May help you lose weight and belly fat
  6. Healing inflammatory bowel conditions like IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)
  7. Managing & preventing skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis
  8. May help fight respiratory infections & cold
  9. Fighting food-borne illnesses

You can get probiotics from dairy products, pickled veggies, tempeh, miso, kefir, kimchi, and soy products, but you would need to eat far too much to obtain the benefits in the proper amounts.  Supplementation is usually how many people get their probiotics as it’s easier to take a capsule than to eat the equivalent in food.  You also need some prebiotics for the probiotics to feed on and multiply to the beneficial levels.  Inulin from chicory root (a soluble fiber) and from fructooligosaccharides (used as a prebiotic) work together to “feed” the probiotic bacteria strains and cause them to multiply and do their important work in the digestive tract.  Both together are a powerful way to help you restore and maintain good gut health and aid your body in staying healthy.




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