Health Benefits of Probiotics

July 22, 2020

Did you know that probiotics can help improve the look of your skin? Neither did I, until I tried it from a recommendation of a friend for my acne. I was blown away by the results after just a couple of weeks. But there are more health benefits of probiotics than just clear skin. 

The word PROBIOTICS broken down means “for life” or “promoting life". And that is exactly what taking a probiotic will do! It brings life to your health! In particular your gut health. 

Health Benefits of Taking a Probiotic

Your immune system begins in your gut. With a healthy gut your body has the ability to fight off infection, sickness, disease, and maintain good overall health. 
If you take an antibiotic for a bacterial infection that antibiotic wipes out the good flora (bacteria) that is needed to maintain a healthy immune system while it fights off the bad bacteria. Antibiotics just wipe everything out! The good, the bad, the ugly. So it's very important to replace the good bacteria that was lost by taking a good quality probiotic. 

People with acne prone skin can sometimes have high candida levels that cause the bad bacteria to thrive in the gut that can potentially cause leaky gut syndrome. The high candida gives you those sugar craving that are so hard to beat. Once you start feeding that sugar demon a vicious cycle of need, feed, and greed (kinda can be hard to break. That cycle ruins good hormonal balance by causing your pancreas to excrete more insulin. That high insulin causes acne :-(

A good probiotic will regulate your gut health and help balance everything out, but limiting the sugar intake will certainly give you a good health boost! 

So what are the other health benefits?

1.Mental Health

Studies have shown that taking a probiotic daily can improve your mental health by reducing anxiety, depression, and stress by reducing inflammation in the intestines. Inflammation causes the whole body to work overtime trying to reduce that inflammation and heal itself which puts stress on the body as a whole weakening your nervous system that controls moods and emotions. 

2. Reduction in allergies

The liver produces the antihistamines needed to combat allergies. Taking a good probiotic will improve liver function by keeping inflammation down so the liver can produce the amount of histamine needed to ward off seasonal allergies. A good probiotic can also help reduce eczema using the same anti-inflammatory response as seasonal allergies within the gut. Studies have shown that eczema could be caused by food allergies or an autoimmune response that typically starts with gut health. 

My daughter struggles with eczema and we have found amazing results with her eating a good quality yogurt that contains multiple stains of probiotic cultures. 

3. Strep throat remedy

Strep throat is one of the sicknesses I choose not to treat with antibiotics. Please do not send me hate mail! We use all natural remedies to combat all illnesses at our house including this remedy for strep throat which is amazing!  

4. Good heart health

The liver uses cholesterol to make bile. Researchers believe that probiotics break up bile salts and decrease their reabsorption in the gut which in turn can lessen blood pressure. 

5. Oral Health

Studies have shown that the probiotic strain Lactobacillus reuteri kills the bacteria that causes tooth decay and lessens the harmful effects of gingivitis. Along with good oral hygiene taking a good probiotic can reduce those trips to the dentist for fillings! 

6. Weight loss

Some probiotics prevent the absorption of fat in the intestines which in turn causes the fat to be excreted during your morning routine in the restroom...number poo :-)
Probiotics can also make you feel fuller longer making it easier to lose weight. With the reduction of candida in the gut the craving for sugar is less which means less belly fat!

There are so many health benefits of taking a good quality probiotic. 

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