Health Talk: Probiotics and Why You Need Them
Probiotics are one of those things that are so important and valuable in your morning routine. Disclaimer: But first it needs to be said that I am not a medical professional, and you should consult your doctor to see that taking a probiotic is right for you.
What Are Probiotics?
Probiotics, also known as Acidophilus, are “good” bacteria and live microorganisms that are in your gut and help regulate the bacteria. They help with digestion, absorption of nutrients, and remove toxins/bad bacteria/ chemicals. Overall they help with your digestive health which will lead to several other health benefits.
What Are Some Benefits?
Besides improving your gut health, it can also:
- Improve your skin
- Reduce risk of Diabetes
- Reduce symptoms of IBS and ulcerative colitis
- Boost Immune System
- Improve Mood, Depression and Anxiety
- Boost Metabolism & Weightloss
- Diminish Sugar and Hunger Cravings
- May improve non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
- Reduce “bad cholesterol” and lower blood pressure
So Where Can I Find Probiotics?
Surprisingly, probiotics can be found in several foods we already eat every day such as yogurt. Every morning I eat yogurt with a little organic honey and some healthy granola. (So Yummy!) But you can also find probiotics in foods such as Sauerkraut (a favorite here in Germany), Kombucha, Kefir, raw dairy, Natto and Miso, or overall eating more sour foods.
And What Can Reduce Probiotics?
Well, unfortunately there are several things that can reduce the amount of good bacteria in our bodies:
- GMO Foods
- Inflammatory Gluten
- Emotional Stress
- Alcohol (except red wine)
- Lack of exercise
- Poor sleep
But don’t worry, you can include a Probiotic supplement to help your body in case any of the above factors might apply to you.
How Do I Find A Probiotic Right for Me?
There are a few things that need to be considered when choosing a probiotic supplement that is right for you. First, you want to check the brand quality, it will be a bit more costly but you know that the probiotic will actually work. Second, you want a supplement that is high in CFU count. Probably one that is around 15 billion – 100 billion live cells would be the right amount. Survivability is important as well, some probiotic supplements need to be refrigerated or the live cells will die off before you even consume them. The same applies to the encasing of the supplement, some might not even withstand the stomach acid so that is another factor to look out for.
But most importantly: do your research on this. Not every probiotic works for everyone since every body has different needs.
If you do take a probiotic supplement, what is your favorite? And what has your experience been like?