What Are Probiotics

what are probiotics

 

Probiotics: Reap the Benefits

It’s happening. Right now. You get to learn all about the benefits of Probiotics. I could ramble on about probiotics for pages, but for your sanity, I promise to rave about them quickly.

Merriam-Webster defines a probiotic as “a preparation (as a dietary supplement) containing live bacteria (as lactobacilli) that is taken orally to restore beneficial bacteria to the body.”

I have been using probiotics for over seven years, and they have significantly improved my overall health. Not only have they improved my digestion, but I’m rarely tired, I don’t get headaches, and I rarely get sick. Some of these things are also because I try to eat right and take my supplements, but there have been times when I ate chocolate every night (not recommended…) and I took my probiotics, and still felt just as good.

Our digestive health is imperative for maintaining beauty inside and out.  A recent Body& Soul Article states that “things like antibiotics, gastrointestinal illness, and even travel or day to day tension can deplete natural stores of beneficial bacteria, leaving you susceptible to infection.” So, if you’re taking probiotics, i.e. replenishing the good bacteria in your body, you’re helping the good bacteria win, and keeping yourself healthy in the process.

Here are a few reasons why probiotics should be apart of your daily diet:
Aids digestion (helps get rid of the dreaded bloat…)
Treats Yeast Infections
Supports Immune System
Treats diarrhea, IBS, and other common intestine problems.
Balances intestinal flora

This last benefit is not necessarily common medical practice, but it is common alternative/holistic medical practice. Candida is a bacteria that is present in everyone’s body, but there can be a Candida overgrowth. This can cause fatigue, sluggishness, headaches, migraines, and skin problems. This is the number one reason for you to use and get the benefits of probiotics. Clearly, my intestinal health should top the way my skin looks and how tired I am, but it doesn’t. Luckily for me, probiotics help with both.

You can incorporate probiotics into your daily regimen through food or supplements. My favorite foods with probiotics are yogurt, kefir, and sauerkraut. When using supplements keep in mind that all supplements are not equal. Be wary of supplements with fillers and other things you can’t pronounce. As always, consult your doctor before you start taking anything new, and remember that the beautiful glow on the outside starts on the inside.

Nicole

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