Should I Take a Probiotic Daily?
Do you have stomach issues? Heart problems? Excessive inflammation?
Probiotics just might be the answer.
We have more bacteria than cells in our bodies.
Yet when it comes to disease risk, the concern isn’t how much bacteria are in our body.
It is to make sure we have enough of the right bacteria (the beneficial bugs) to outnumber the bad ones.
The best way to ensure this healthy ratio of gut bacteria is to take a daily probiotic.
What are probiotics?
Probiotics are microbes that are introduced into the body for beneficial health effects.
The goal is to have enough of these to colonize our gut with health-boosting microorganisms. When we get enough of the good bugs into our gut they push the bad, inflammatory ones out. Taking probiotics can help to balance the amount of “good” and “bad” bacteria to keep the body working properly. It also helps to replace the loss of good bacteria (for example, antibiotic use destroys good bacteria).
Some of the best food sources of probiotics are fermented foods like kombucha or sauerkraut, dairy or yogurt. Probiotics can also be found in dietary supplements.
Probiotics are essential to immune function and good health. A huge proportion of your immune system lies within the gut.
Altered composition of microbes in the gut is linked to a myriad of chronic diseases such as heart disease, autoimmune disease and gastrointestinal disorders.
Having enough of the right amounts of good bacteria is key to health.
What conditions do probiotics benefit?
- Digestive disorders like Leaky Gut Syndrome, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), infections or those with antibiotic-induced diarrhea
- Periodontal disease or other oral issues
- Liver disease
- Heart disease
- High levels of inflammation
- Autoimmune disorders
- High blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart failure, atrial fibrillation
What are the health benefits of probiotics?
- Good for the gut microbiome
- Heart-protective as they can reduce cholesterol1 and lower blood pressure2
- Boosts immunity3
- Aid in digestion
- May help with acid reflux symptoms
- Can improve mood and mental health4
Are probiotics heart-healthy?
- Gut bacteria are heart-healthy. They are an important part of blood pressure regulation5 and have been shown to reduce blood pressure2.
- The composition of the gut microbiota is important to preventing atherosclerosis, hypertension and even heart failure6.
- Good bacteria in the gut can prevent buildup of the harmful molecule called trimethylamine-N-oxide (or TMAO)6, which is linked to an increased risk for heart attack and stroke.
- Research has shown that the same type of harmful bacteria that is found in atherosclerotic plaques is present in the gut6. Therefore it is speculated that an influx of good bacteria can be beneficial in wiping out the bad bacteria, providing the link between gut and heart health.
Should I take a probiotic daily?
Yes, this is the best way to ensure a high potency dose of healthy microorganisms every day.
If you have health issues mentioned above, try consuming a higher amount of healthy microbes with our 100 billion CFU probiotic.
For maintenance, we recommend our 30 billion CFU probiotic.
Additionally, if you’re just looking to add in a healthy dose of probiotics to your daily regimen give our Daily Defense protein powder a try!
Are probiotics safe?
Generally, there are little to no side effects of taking a probiotic daily.
Some people may experience mild digestive symptoms like bloating or gas, but it is rare. In fact, people usually experience positive benefits.
If you are critically ill, immune-compromised or have had surgery recently be sure to talk with your doctor before adding probiotics to your daily regimen.
Summary of information:
- Probiotics are healthy bacteria that are needed to colonize your gut.
- Probiotics have many health benefits such as lowering blood pressure, normalizing cholesterol, decreasing inflammation, promoting digestion and boosting immunity.
- Take a probiotic daily to support your health and wellness goals.