‘Probiotics’ is a term that is thrown around a lot these days, but what does it actually mean? Well, probiotics are live microorganisms that can be ingested via supplements, fermented foods, and beverages. They are beneficial for your gut health and overall immunity against diseases. Probiotics help you maintain a healthy balance of good bacteria in your gut, facilitating digestion, immunity, and weight loss.
Below, we have listed 7 ways probiotics are beneficial to you!
Boost Your Immunity with Probiotics
Probiotics are incredibly helpful in fighting off infections and fortifying your immune system. In fact, Lactobacillus crispatus is known to decrease the risk of UTIs (Urinary Tract Infections) in women by as much as 50%. What’s more is that certain probiotics have also been found to boost the growth of immune cells like natural killer cells, lgA-producing cells, and T-lymphocytes. On top of that, they facilitate antibody production, reduce the risk of respiratory infections, and accelerate the rate of recovery.
Say ‘Yes’ to Probiotics, And Say Goodbye to Digestive Problems
With more and more people suffering from ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, and Inflammatory Bowel Disease, it is important to embrace probiotics. Strains of probiotics from Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium are known to alleviate symptoms of ulcerative colitis.
Probiotics Can Help Reduce Symptoms of Diarrhea
Taking antibiotics can often result in diarrhea. Probiotics from strains such as Lactobacillus rhamnosus and Lactobacillus casei, as well as the yeast Saccharomyces boulardii are known to alleviate diarrhea greatly. Besides this, probiotics can also help with diarrhea caused by other factors by balancing the good and harmful bacteria in the gut.
Boost Metabolism and Get Rid of Belly Fat
Studies have shown that Lactobacillus rhamnosus and Lactobacillus gasseri are instrumental in reducing weight and belly fat. There are some probiotics that stop the intestine from absorbing dietary fat, expelling it instead of storing it in the body. Others store less fat, burn more calories, and make you feel full for longer by increasing levels of the GLP-1 hormone.
It is important to note, however, that not all probiotics work the same way. Lactobacillus acidophilus, for instance, can cause weight gain. It is important to research and consult a doctor for what will work best for you before starting a probiotic.
Probiotics May Decrease the Sternness of Certain Allergies and Eczema
Some probiotics are thought to reduce allergic reactions to dairy and alleviate eczema in children. However, research is ongoing to establish a stronger link between probiotics and reduced eczema and dairy allergies.
Certain Mental Health Conditions Can be Improved with Probiotics
Numerous studies have found that mental health is often linked to gut health. So, by improving your gut health by consuming probiotics, you can also improve your mental health. Supplementing food with probiotic strains such as Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium for just 2 months can have a tremendous impact on your mental well-being. It can lead to a significant improvement in memory, autism, anxiety, depression, and OCD or Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.
Go the Probiotic Way for a Healthy and Happy Heart
You can reduce bad cholesterol, or LDL, levels and decrease blood pressure by opting for probiotics to keep your heart in the pink of health. Bacteria that produce lactic acid bring down cholesterol by breaking down the bile that is present in the gut. Now, bile is a fluid that is majorly composed of cholesterol and is produced by the body to aid in digestion. The decomposition of bile prevents it from being absorbed again by the gut and consequently entering the bloodstream as cholesterol.
Certain studies did not find any changes in the bad cholesterol (LDL) levels. However, they did find a marked increase in the good cholesterol (HDL) levels. However, in all these cases, the consumption of probiotic supplements had to be more than 10 million CFUs (Colony Forming Units) daily. Moreover, the duration of such consumption had to be at least 8 weeks or longer.
How to Include Probiotics in Your Diet
These days, there are a variety of foods, supplements, and beverages from which you can get your daily dose of probiotic goodness. You have the option of choosing live probiotic cultures that are found in fermented dairy products, for instance, yogurt. Strains of lactic acid-producing bacteria can also be found in fermented foods such as soy, sauerkraut, pickles, miso, etc. In addition, you can consume dry and compact cultures of probiotics, in the form of capsules, tablets, and powders. What a lot of people don’t realize, however, is that in order to experience the benefits, you must consume a sufficient amount of probiotics. Now, this is more challenging than you might think. This is because many probiotics are destroyed by gastric acids before they can reach the gut. As a result, you get next to none of the intended advantages. This is why you need to be smarter about the probiotics you buy.
With most probiotic drinks, the probiotics to sugar ratio leave a lot to be desired. Dr. Brew Kombucha (14 oz), for instance, has 14 g of sugar and “billions” of probiotics. The exact number of billions is a mystery. Similarly, the Health-Ade Kombucha (16 oz) has 12g of sugar and zero information on probiotics. How very convenient. GT’s Kombucha, again, has 12g of sugar and 1 billion CFU. This barely meets the minimum requirement, as nearly all the studies that showed a positive impact had their subjects consume 1 to 100 billion CFUs daily.
At Smarter Blend, however, we are extremely particular about our probiotic to sugar ratio, which is why it is superior to all the other probiotic drinks flooding the market. In fact, our large smoothie has 3 billion CFU of Bacillus coagulant probiotic strain. The recommended serving is 2 billion CFU, with the maximum serving recommended being 4 billion CFU. GT’s Kombucha has only 1 billion CFU of this strain per bottle, despite it being their primary strain.
This particular strain is quite popular, with good reason. It has a wide range of benefits, from reducing blood cholesterol and relieving depression due to IBS to fixing all kinds of gastrointestinal problems. What’s even better is that it is a “stable” probiotic, meaning that the spores are produced to make it through the digestive process. So, they are able to reach the gut and work their magic. Most other probiotics rarely ever make it to their intended destination, or if they do, it is only a minuscule amount.
Why stop at good when you can have better? And what’s better than goodness in a bottle? Go for Smarter Blend Smoothie Kits. They are everything you need and more!