I apologize for what I’m about to say, but you have about 5 pounds of bacteria living in your body right now. Before you get out the hand sanitizer, know that a healthy balance of good and bad bacteria is essential for maintaining your health. However, more commonly than not, one will have an overgrowth of bad bacteria. This can be caused by diet and overuse of antibiotics and medications; which is why it is recommended to consume healthy bacteria through supplementation or fermented foods.
While everyone is different, probiotics (healthy bacteria) may be extremely helpful for those with the following issues.
1. Those with allergies
Quite often those with allergies develop more sensitivity, due to the weakening of the mucosal lining caused by irritation. This weakening creates gaps within the intestinal walls, thus allowing larger particles to seep through which then initiates an allergic response. Immunoglobulin A, more commonly known as IgA, is an antibody that plays a crucial role in mucosal immunity. Probiotics stimulate IgA protection resulting in the strengthening of the intestinal wall and a reduction in immune response. So what does this mean? It means probiotics may strengthen the intestinal wall, which may ease symptoms related to allergies.
2. Those with skin problems
One of the liver’s main jobs is to successfully rid the body of toxins. However, when the liver becomes overburdened due to the Standard American Diet, it is unable to properly do its job; the body needs to excrete toxins through other detoxification pathways – the skin being one of them.
Just like in superhero movies, where the good guys beats the bad guy, good bacteria always triumph over bad bacteria. So, by consuming probiotics we may help the liver eliminate harmful toxins found within the body. The end result? There are fewer toxins needed to be eliminated through the skin, thus it potentially reduces acne.
3. Those who are struggling to lose weight
A diet high in refined, fast and processed foods is low in nutrients and rich in pathogenic substances. These foods directly contribute to weight gain, while the toxins found in them also overburden the liver and reduce its effectiveness (as mentioned above.) The liver produces bile, the substance responsible for the breakdown of fats. Now, when the liver isn’t functioning optimally, the production of bile may suffer, resulting in weight gain, as these fats are stored.
Probiotics help in the breakdown of toxins, which may improve liver function and promote weight loss! In addition to probiotic supplementation, it is necessary to adopt a whole foods diet and engage in regular exercise to encourage healthy weight loss. For quick and effective workouts, visit my main site to learn more about my Monthly Workout Programs.
4. Those regularly exposed to toxins
Diet isn’t the only way the body becomes riddled with harmful substances. In today’s world, it is quite hard to completely avoid toxins due to pollution and other environmental factors. As mentioned above, probiotics aid in the breakdown and elimination of these harmful substances. So, even if you’re consuming a healthy diet, probiotics help eliminate those toxins you are naturally absorbing!
5. Those with dairy intolerance
While I believe it is in everyone’s best interest to eliminate dairy from their diet, it is often hidden in foods where you’d least expect to find it. For this reason, those with dairy intolerance often experience symptoms, even when they believe they’ve done everything they could to avoid their sensitivities. Dairy intolerance are caused by a lack of lactase, the enzyme responsible for the breakdown of lactose, the sugar found in milk. Symptoms such as gas, bloating, diarrhea, constipation and weight gain are often followed by the consumption of dairy, due to the lack of this important enzyme. Probiotics are known to provide lactase, thus aiding in the breakdown of milk. While I’m not recommending individuals with known sensitivities to take probiotics and visit their local dairy farm, it’s a great preventative measure for those who often find dairy wreaking havoc on their diet.
6. Those with digestive issues
Probiotics are rich in lactic acid, a substance known to promote peristalsis. Peristalsis may help those who are constipated as it encourages proper bowel function. In addition, probiotics are used to help alleviate symptoms associated with irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis by normalizing the bacteria found in the gut.
7. Those traveling
Are you going somewhere exotic? I full heartedly recommend taking probiotics with you. Nothing ruins a vacation more than an upset stomach due to the consumption of unfriendly bacteria. As mentioned previously, good bacteria always win over bad – so if you feel as though you may have eaten something that is affecting you, a heavy dose of probiotics may offset your symptoms. Of course it’s not an ultimate cure, but it could definitely help. Even if the symptoms have already set in, an excess amount of diarrhea depletes the body of good and bad bacteria. Therefore, by taking a healthy dose of probiotics, you help repopulate the kind of bacteria you want!
8. Okay, everyone needs probiotics
Whether you’re troubled by allergies, traveling, plagued by digestive issues, intolerant to milk, wanting to lose weight, concerned with your skin or breathing – you may benefit from probiotics.
Well, there you have it. Bacteria don’t sound so bad now, do they? My favorite brand of probiotics is Flora, but there are many good brands on the market. While looking for probiotics, search for ones that are refrigerated and contain a minimum of 10 billion viable cells.