- Probiotics help with digestion and break down nutrients. So if you have digestion or tummy issues, probiotics may help.
- Probiotics boost your immune system. They enhance the production of antibodies to certain vaccines, they also squish harmful bacteria.
- Research is showing that probiotics may benefit everything from GI issues from constipation and diarrhea to IBS to ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s,
- Probiotics may benefit mood disorders and depression.
- Produce substances that prevent infection.
- Prevent harmful bacteria from attaching to the gut lining and growing there.
- Send signals to your cells to strengthen the mucus in your intestine and help it act as a barrier against infection.
- Inhibit or destroy toxins released by certain “bad” bacteria that can make you sick.
- Produce B vitamins necessary for metabolizing the food you eat, warding off anemia caused by deficiencies in B6 and B12, and maintaining healthy skin and a healthy nervous system.
It is important, to make sure your product is clean. When we say ‘clean’ we mean Non-GMO, Non-Dairy, Gluten Free, and Vegan. You want a product that is free of chemicals and other ingredients that could potentially upset your gastrointestinal tract. The probiotic you choose should have a listing of all potential irritants it is free of in order to give you a quality supplement. Not all probiotics are created equal – the “live and active cultures” sticker on most yogurts is not worthy. Fermented dairy like kefir, and probiotic shots are readily available. Other fermented foods like pickles, sauerkraut, kimchi, kombucha (fermented tea) and miso are fantastic sources of probiotics. Take away: Read your labels, know the company you are trusting you body with, and educate yourself.