I’ve gone back and forth with taking probiotics, I usually start up at the sign of a symptom of ailment and then taper off over time.
While in Costa Rica, I did a a bit of a gut reset: I avoided refined sugars, gluten, dairy, and alcohol. I ate organic home-cooked meals (by an amazing alchemy chef) that were sourced from local farms and I felt better than I have in a long, long time. The first outward sign I recognized proving my body was in good health were my fingernails – they grew stronger and longer than they ever have.
Here is what I know: You must have a healthy gut in order to have a healthy body. The gut, as the center for absorption in the body, has a profound effect on the overall health, productivity and efficiency of our other organs and systems.
Here are 10 reasons I take a daily Probiotic:
- Heal the Gut
When you take antibiotics, they kill the “bad” AND the “good” bacteria in your body which can cause a number of side-effects. When I’ve experienced digestive issues, urinary tract issues, or a weakened immune system after completing a round of antibiotics, probiotics have offered some relief by working to restore the balance of good bacteria in the gut.
- Support Immune Function
I don’t get sick as often when taking probiotics because strong gut flora increases immunity, stops yeast production, blocks the harmful effects of radiation, and produces healthy enzymes that protect me.
- Good Vibes / Good Mood
That “gut feeling” is more than just a hunch – your mental and emotional balance hinge on a healthy gut environment. Just about 95% of our body’s serotonin—the happiness chemical found in the brain—is manufactured in your gut, so replenishing “the “good guys,” or good bacteria often is one of the best things we can do to support healthy emotional function.
- Improve the appearance of your skin
Our skin is a a reflection of our internal health. Skin problems such as acne, psoriasis, and eczema can result from nutritional and hormonal imbalances, as well as immune system disruptions, all issues that begin in the gut. When I stray away from a clean diet, I immediately notice pimples on my face, but a clean diet paired with gut-healing probiotics helps my skin conditions ease or go away altogether, and look bright and glow-y.
- Support Weight Loss
An unbalanced gut can lead to changes in mood and hormone levels that trigger “comfort food” cravings, leading to unwanted extra pounds, ugh. BUT having a healthy balance of microflora in the gut helps support metabolism and can encourage healthy weight management. Also, bad bacteria feeds off sugars and if the gut has an overgrowth of these colonies, there may be intense sugar cravings accompanying them. Rebuilding the good bacteria in the gut helps reduce cravings as I try to eliminate processed sugars from my diet.
- Vaginal Health & Hormone Balance
Probiotics can help keep the vaginal area somewhat acidic, making it difficult for potentially harmful bacteria to survive. Healthy vaginal flora can be compromised by a number of factors, including an unhealthy diet, birth control pills, antibiotics, tampons, and spermicides. Probiotics help to balance the microflora to support vaginal health and have made my recurring bacterial vaginosis disappear for good.
- Reduce Candida or Yeast Infection
A yeast infection means the body’s natural bacteria is out of balance. Anyone suffering from recurring yeast infections probably has an overgrowth of bad bacteria in their body – probiotics can help to balance that good bacteria and reduce or eliminate the infections.
- You Are What You Eat
The Standard American Diet is full of processed food that has SAD consequences including obesity, hypertension, heart disease, and diabetes. Taking a probiotic supplement + eating probiotic-rich foods such as sauerkraut, pickles, kefir, miso soup, sourdough bread and Greek yogurt can boost digestive function, strengthen the immune system, and have a positive effect on your overall health. Because I don’t eat “perfectly healthy” every day, I know it’s especially important to take a probiotic daily.
- White Teeth / Healthy Gums
The mouth is part of the digestive tract and it’s where all the digestive magic begins. Aiding the bacteria health in the mouth via the gut helps digestion and helps prevent oral diseases like gingivitis and halitosis.Bad breath is often a sign of a digestive issue in the gut. As I get older, my dentist talks to me about the importance of maintaining healthy gums, I’m proud to announce to my dentist that I take a probiotic daily.
- Brain Health
The communication system between the gut and the brain is called the gut-brain axis. These two organs are connected both physically and biochemically in a number of different ways. The trillions of microbes that live in the gut make chemicals that affect how the brain works. To maintain my brain health and avoid diseases like Dementia & Alzheimer’s in the future, I find importance in the probiotic.
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