Five Reasons Why You Should Take Probiotics

Monday, November 30, 2015

As alternative healthcare physicians, we are often asked about probiotics. What are they, what are the benefits of taking them, do we personally take them, and what are good sources? Let’s first summarize what probiotics are.

Probiotics are good bacteria that reside in your gut or gastrointestinal tract. You might be thinking, ”Wait, how can bacteria possibly be good?” Well in actuality, your body contains both good and bad bacteria. Probiotics happen to be the good ones that promote a healthier environment in your gut for better gut function and most importantly immune support. Another question you might be thinking about is, “How can probiotics support my immune system?”

This is how crazy and awesome our bodies are. We all know we have a central nervous system, but we also have an enteric nervous system. The enteric nervous system is what controls our blooming gut filled with flora. So, by supplying your gut with probiotics, you are in turn promoting immune support.

Now that we have an idea of what and where probiotics are, let us go over five reasons why you should consider taking probiotics.

1. Probiotics can “rejuvinnate” your gut lining. This means that the permeability of your gut can be repaired allowing only the proper nutrients to be absorbed by your body instead of any toxins that can be damaging to pass through.
2. Increased immune support. As we briefly discussed above, probiotics can promote a healthy gut; therefore, allowing you to have a properly functioning enteric nervous system. By having a properly functioning enteric nervous system, you are promoting an optimal performing immune system.
3. Elimination of toxins ingested through diet. Some of you may experience bloating or acid reflux after eating a poorly balanced meal. Your body will recognize this as foreign substances and respond poorly due to the sensitivities you may have towards certain foods (wheat, corn, soy, dairy, sugar). Taking probiotics can reduce the severity of these symptoms that follow after a meal.
4. Increase energy levels. It might be hard to believe, but having a healthy gut plays a huge role on how you will feel that day. A healthy gut is a happy you is what we tell our patients. Imagine going about your entire day with that uneasy feeling you have in your stomach along with fatigue. Odds are, you or someone you know is or has experienced this. It doesn’t have to be this way. Taking the probiotic that works best for your body can help bring you towards a better day.
5. Decrease inflammation and allergies. Since probiotics can promote an optimal immune system, this allows the body to reduce inflammation and allergies that you may be experiencing. For example, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and seasonal allergies can be helped.

When you do decide to take probiotics, find someone who can provide you with proper guidelines and knowledge of all the different kinds of probiotics out there. There are many sources of probiotics including but not limited to yogurt, kefir, kombucha, supplements, etc. A chiropractor that specializes in applied kinesiology can help determine which works best for you.

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