Probiotics - What You Need to Know

Probiotics - What You Need to Know

Probiotics have become increasingly popular in recent years, and for good reason! Probiotics have been attributed to a plethora of health benefits such as improved energy levels, improved digestive health, and an improved mood. Found in fermented foods and supplements, probiotics are the "good" bacteria that help maintain gut health and support a healthy immune system. Sources of probiotics include yogurt, other fermented products, nutritional supplements, and cosmetics. While there are many types of bacteria found in different probiotics, bacteria from the Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium category are the most popular.

 

Probiotics and Women’s Health

Probiotics provide a number of benefits for people, especially for women. This is because studies show that women are more likely to suffer from digestive problems, so maintaining a healthy bacterial balance in the body is of the utmost importance.

Our intestinal tract is highly populated with bacteria. Ensuring that the ratio of good bacteria is high can greatly improve your gut health and digestion and can help counter the impact of unhealthy bacteria. Probiotics can help you achieve this. Moreover, a healthy gut has far-reaching effects on your body too apart from just metabolism and digestion. A healthy gut has been linked to improved skin health, a less bloated stomach, and improved energy levels.

 

Probiotics could contribute towards improved mental health

Many scientists agree there is a clear correlation between your gut and your brain, which applies to your gastrointestinal system. The gut-brain axis is the name given to this relation (GBA). It connects the gastrointestinal tract and the central nervous system, which contains your brain and spinal cord [1]. To demonstrate the potential effects of the gut bacterium on your mental health, a report in 2016 concluded that people who ate 100g of probiotic yogurt per day or took a probiotic supplement every day showed overall improved health with more regulated moods that are generally more positive. [2]

Of late, several researchers have based their focus on a subset of probiotics known as psychobiotics. This is a subtype of probiotics that primarily contains bacteria that may be able to help support an overall healthy mood.

 

Could Help with Weight Management

If you are looking to maintain a healthy weight, probiotics can be a useful tool. A 2016 study published in Nutrition & Metabolism has shown that there are numerous probiotic strains that help to minimize weight gain and lower the chance of obesity. The strains of any kind of HY7601, Lactobacillus curvatus HY7601, Lactobacillus Plantarum KY1032, and Pediococcus pentosaceus LP28, among several others, are included. The same study also linked the use of probiotics to support the overall health of the liver. [3

The mechanisms through which probiotics help maintain weight and get rid of excess fat remain unclear. It seems however that probiotics have an effect on food intake and the consumption of energy by generating short-chain fatty acids such as acetate, butyrate, as well as propionate, that keep you feeling satiated and energized for a lot longer after meals.[4]

Moreover, certain probiotics are believed to prevent dietary fat from being absorbed by the body. This leads to more fat being excreted from the body. In other words, probiotics assist the body to “extract” fewer calories from the diet consumed.[5]

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