What Do Probiotics Do? (Hint: 5 Powerful Health Benefits)
What do probiotics do, exactly? And what are they?
Probiotics are microscopic organisms that live on, and inside your body. It is estimated that there are over 100 trillion living bacteria on your skin, in your mouth, inside your digestive system and just about everywhere else.
These include an estimated several hundred different species in the mouth alone! That’s a LOT of tiny buggers living (and dying) in your body. In fact, it is so many that researchers estimate there is one living microorganism for every cell in your body.1
With so many of these organisms calling your body “home,” you may want to know what, exactly, they are doing in there. Here are five of the most wonderful ways probiotic bacteria benefits your body for good health.
WHAT DO PROBIOTICS DO FOR YOU?
1. Digestive Support
Most of the microbes in the human body can be found inside the digestive tract, and they are most highly concentrated in the colon. Probiotic bacteria (“good” bacteria) is able to restore an imbalance in gut bacterial strains, helping to keep the population of “bad” bacteria from taking over.
An overgrowth of “bad” bacteria strains has been linked to digestive upset, including diarrhea, gastroenteritis, irritable bowel, inadequate lactase digestion, constipation, intestinal gas, bad breath, and more.2,3
A review of 35 studies showed that specific strains of probiotics were able to reduce the duration of infectious diarrhea cases by an average of 25 hours.4
Lactobacillus rhamnosus, and Lactobacillus casei strains, along with a yeast known as Saccharomyces boulardii, are the probiotics most commonly associated with a reduced risk of diarrhea.5,6
2. Better Immunity
It is estimated that 60 to 80 percent of the entire human immune system can be found inside of the digestive tract. If you were to put the amount of bacteria living in your digestive system on a scale, it would weigh about three pounds! Within all of that, the types of bacteria can be broken down into two (very large) categories – “good” and “bad” bacteria. Examples of “good” bacteria strains include L. acidophilusand B. bifidum. Examples of “bad” bacteria strains include E. coli and Salmonella.
While they are referred to as “good” and “bad,” none of the bacterial strains that live in the digestive tract are actually “bad,” as all types are needed to keep the body in good health. However, some strains can be considered “bad” when there is too much growth of that particular strain (ex: E. coli).
Probiotics (“good” bacteria) are known to help reduce the spread of “bad” bacterial strains by keeping their populations low. This enhances the intestinal barrier against pathogenic species that can cause illness.7
Additionally, some probiotic strains have been shown to provide therapeutic benefits to the immune system by boosting the production of immune cells like T lymphocytes (T cells) and natural killer cells.8,9
3. Mental Health
The community of living bacteria on and inside your body is so vast that it has been called the “second brain” by researchers because the gut microbiome actually has a mind of it’s own. It may sound like science fiction, but scientists have confirmed there are so many bacteria inside the gut microbiome that they actually influence the way our brains work. The gut microbiome, or “second brain,” can impact mood, stress, energy levels, sleep patterns, food choices, and more.10,11
One review of 15 human studies confirmed that subjects who took a probiotic supplement with a combination of Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillusstrains for 1–2 months reported improvements in anxiety, depression, autism, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and memory.12
4. Clear Skin
There are many different ways probiotics help to support a healthy body. Skin care is just one way probiotics show how helpful they really are – on the outside.
One study found that participants who suffered from acne noticed skin health benefits, including a reduction of acne, improvements in skin repair, and shrinking of existing acne lesion size.13
Other clinical studies show that probiotics support clearer skin in acne and rosacea patients. This may be due in part to the antibacterial protective shields living probiotic microorganisms provide.14,15
One recent review of probiotics’ effects on the skin revealed that probiotic bacteriotherapy has great potential in skincare for eczema, atopic dermatitis, acne, allergic inflammation, skin hypersensitivity, UV-induced skin damage, and wound protection.16
5. Weight Management (Weight Loss)
Probiotics support weight loss in many different ways. Studies have shown that people with a healthy weight have a more diverse gut microbiome than overweight or obese subjects.17,18
Two specific families of “good” bacteria (probiotics) have been associated with successful weight regulation: bacteroidetes and firmicutes. Studies have confirmed that a proper balance of these two microbiota families is needed.19,20
Probiotics have also been shown to help people feel fuller, longer.
Increased probiotic levels have been clinically shown to increase the level of GLP-1 – a hormone known to increase calorie burn and fat burning, and even reduce appetite.21,22
One study showed that probiotics may also increase the production of a protein called ANGPTL4. This protein is a central player in fat storage regulation. Studies show it may help reduce fat storage.23
Probiotics are a one-stop shop for overall health. These are simply the five best health benefits the friendly little bugs offer our bodies. But there are many more. Make sure to getting more probiotics—be it in the foods you eat or a supplement—in your daily diet, today!
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Fat is a dangerous subject.
And writing this article about it is a bold thing to do.
BUT it’s time to bust the myths surrounding fat… and that’s exactly what I’m going to do right now.
You are likely ruining your own health at the moment because you don’t fully understand fat… like countless others have.
Many have even died from this misunderstanding, which began more than half a century ago… when fat started being blamed for heart disease.
The whole thing stemmed from bad nutritional information that ultimately made its way all around the globe… and it was all based on a questionnaire filled out by 31 men in rural Crete.1,2
That’s it. Thirty-one men were asked about what they remembered eating the day before.
I wish that were a joke, but I’m serious.
And, as you’ll learn in a minute, that 31-person, all-male dietary questionnaire is the foundation upon which we’ve largely built 50+ years of diet recommendations.
And what do we have to show for it?
Well, obesity, diabetes, and heart disease in the U.S. are now hitting all-time highs.3,4,5,6
In other words, despite being increasingly diet-conscious, we keep getting fatter and sicker.
And this, by the way, applies to our children, too.7,8
So, it seems pretty obvious we’re doing something horribly wrong…
And I’m going to show you exactly what that is, and why we believed the flawed science behind it — which demonized eating fat — for so long.
I’m also going to get down and dirty about different types of fat: which ones are good, and which ones are bad.
I’m even going to tell you about fats you’d never expect to be good for you, such as certain healthy saturated fats… and yes, even one type of healthy trans fat.
So, pay attention… because we’re about to clear a few extremely important things up.
1) The Truth About SATURATED FAT
Now, there are some saturated fat sources you should honestly avoid for better health.
These mainly include fats from grain-fed, unhealthy, factory-farmed animals. Milk, meat, eggs, and fish are all problematic for your health when it comes to factory-farmed sources.62,63
This is due to the grain feed, harsh and dirty conditions, antibiotics and hormones, and diseases the animals are exposed to. These conditions also affect their omega-3 balance…64,65 which I’ll get to in a minute.
Now… if you get your saturated fats from good sources, such as grass-fed meat and dairy and cold-pressed coconut oil, they do some very important things in your body.
You now know the truth about fat.
Fat isn’t evil, and cutting it out of your diet is just about the worst thing you can do for weight loss or your health.
The real problem here is sugar, and it goes far beyond what you’ve likely ever imagined… and that’s exactly what I’m going to cover in the next letter.
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