Beyond Digestion: The Many Health Benefits of Probiotics
Probiotics (also called friendly bacteria, intestinal flora, beneficial flora, or gut flora) are best known for their support of healthy digestion. Regular use of select probiotics can bring healthy balance to your GI tract, and thus, promote regularity, ease occasional constipation, and help with excess gas and bloating. Probiotics have also been found to address occasional diarrhea.
But beyond digestion, probiotics can do a world of good for your body and health. Here are some of the ways you can benefit from certain probiotics:
- Probiotics Promote Immune Health.Did you know that approximately 70% of your immune cells are found in your digestive system? When you nourish your GI tract with beneficial bacteria, the good microflora can trigger the immune cells in your gut to tell the immune cells in your body to provide a healthy and desirable immune response.
- Probiotics Support Well-Being. It makes sense that if your digestive system is running smoothly and your immune system is strong, you’ll experience health and well-being.
- Probiotics Support Women’s Health. Maintaining healthy flora is an important factor in vaginal health. Some probiotic strains reside on healthy vaginal tissue so supporting a proper balance of beneficial bacteria is important in maintaining health.
- Probiotics Promote Sinus Health. Nasal passages, like other areas of the body, are populated with microorganisms. Maintenance of health of these areas may benefit from probiotic use.
- Probiotics Support Nutrient Absorption. Friendly bacteria play many roles in supporting digestive health, including helping with food digestion. Proper breakdown of foods is necessary so that your body can effectively absorb the wholesome nutrients.
- Probiotics Help Promote Oral and Gum Health. Your mouth is filled with a variety of bacteria. Certain probiotic strains have been found to create a friendly environment for healthy bacteria in your mouth, supporting oral and general health.
Eating a diet that includes fermented foods, like sauerkraut, yogurt, miso, and kefir, can help boost the amount of beneficial bacteria in your GI tract because they include probiotic organisms. Supplementing with a multi-strain probiotic is also one of the easiest ways to bring balance to your body.