Did you know there are many more advantages of probiotic use beyond boosting your immune system? From supporting fat loss to improving skin conditions, probiotic use can increase your overall health in a surprising number of ways:
Probiotic Property #1 - Probiotic Use Can Prevent and Treat Diarrhea
Because antibiotics tend to demolish both the good and bad bacteria, your gut health also takes a hit when you are knocking out infections. It is well known that this can cause diarrhea. Restoring balance to your system with a probiotic can treat this problematic side effect.
Several studies, including one by the Department of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics at McMaster University that investigated probiotics’ effectiveness in preventing AAD (Antibiotic-associated diarrhea) in children, have shown that probiotics show a high level of efficacy in preventing and treating AAD.
Probiotics may also be effective in treating diarrhea from infections, so whether you are experiencing diarrhea from an infection or as a side effect from antibiotics for treating a different infection, probiotics are the way to go.
Probiotic Property #2 - Taking Probiotics Supports a Healthy Heart
How does the bacteria that belongs in your intestine support heart health? While it seems an unlikely connection, studies show that taking a probiotic can reduce cholesterol levels and increase the “good” cholesterol.
Probiotics can help break down bile – a yellow-green fluid produced by the liver that is made up of about 50% fats and cholesterol. The probiotics aid in the breakdown of the bile as it moves through the gut, allowing for the elimination of cholesterol rather than it being reabsorbed.
Probiotic Property #3- Probiotics Can Help Your Mental Health
There is increasing interest in the gut-brain connection and probiotics effects on the central nervous system. Theories have been developed that changes to the bacteria in the gut can affect the chemistry of the brain and as a result may play a role in conditions like anxiety and depression.
Just as conditions like anxiety can be associated with GI upset and diarrhea, it is possible the reverse is true, that intestinal disruption may result in anxiety and depression. Studies show that using probiotics for at least 4 weeks improved psychiatric health; including improvements to anxiety, depression, autism spectrum disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and memory abilities.
Probiotic Property #4 - Probiotic Use Can Help You Lose Weight
There are a few ways that probiotics can aid in weight reduction. As mentioned previously, probiotics can help break down bile and move dietary fats out instead of reabsorption into the body. Another study by the National Institute of Health shows that taking probiotics can result in an increase in the hormone GLP-1, which improved insulin resistance, glucose tolerance and reduced body weight.
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