Probiotics- you’ve most likely heard of them, but do you really know how beneficial these magical little pills really are? Today we’re getting specific and diving deep into why you absolutely NEED to incorporate a probiotic into your daily routine!
Your digestive system and gut are responsible for A LOT when it comes to your overall health and disease prevention. When our gut and digestive system are not working optimally, it can create larger problems with our health later down the road.
Let’s get personal for a sec. As a kid, I was on antibiotics A LOT. I just had a weak immune system, and that was the doctor’s go-to solution. After taking so many antibiotics, my skin started to break out, and I noticed all of these crazy digestion issues (major bloating and stomach pain). As I got older, these issues stuck with me, and I became more and more frustrated.
It wasn’t until I talked with my doctor and nutritionist that I was introduced to probiotics. They explained how probiotics work, and that I needed to incorporate them into my daily life. A few months in, I started noticing a huge difference. I was digesting foods a lot easier, and my skin only broke out during that time of the month.
Let’s Get Scientific for a Second
Think of your gut as the control hub for your body. When your body experiences an influx in bad bacteria, it piles up in the gut causing the gut to not work properly. (1)
You’d be surprised how easy it is for this bad bacteria to build up in your gut. It’s probably happening to you right now!
Do you have a weak immune system? What about skin troubles, yeast infections, digestive issues? Thyroid troubles, anxiety, food sensitivities? Maybe you just finished taking an antibiotic. These are all big signs that you NEED to get some good bacteria in your gut! (2)
Let’s Talk Benefits:
~Metabolism and Weight Loss~
There have been loads of studies connecting probiotics and weight loss. Specific strands in probiotics, such as Lactobacillus rhamnosus, are responsible for increasing metabolism and weight loss.
In one study, women who were dieting as well as taking a daily probiotic for 3 months lost 50% more weight than women who didn’t take a probiotic. (3)
Immune health is so important, especially these days! Some probiotics can boost the production of antibodies in the body. Probiotics can also increase immune cells like the IgA-producing cells, T lymphocytes, and natural killer cells.
A healthy gut means a healthy digestive system, which is so important! Better digestion means less bloating and pain, and major relief for any digestive disorders such as ulcerative colitis or IBS.
It seems pretty crazy that your gut health can change your mental health, but there have been a ton of studies on this!
An analysis of 15 human studies found that supplementing with Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus strains (PROBIOTICS) for 1–2 months can improve anxiety, depression, autism, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and memory. (3)
Probiotics can also keep your heart healthy by lowering bad cholesterol. Taking a daily probiotic can also lower blood pressure. 9 different studies found that probiotic supplements slightly reduced blood pressure. These studies were done using extremely high-quality probiotics, so it’s important to get the correct kind.
If you’re truly looking to make a difference in your gut, a daily probiotic pill is ESSENTIAL. The one I (and nearly every other wellness guru) recommend is Seed Symbiotic.
The formulation combines a probiotic and prebiotic, is vegan and gluten-free, and includes 24 clinically-studied, naturally-occurring strains + 53.6 Billion AFU.
For all my skin junkies, 4 of these strands make up a dermatological health blend that was clinically-studied to promote skin health and a healthy SCORAD score (a scale for measuring atopic dermatitis). MAJOR.
Seed is so committed to creating the absolute best symbiotic on the market. Their strains have collectively been studied in 16 strain-specific, double-blind, placebo-controlled, published human studies conducted in the United States, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, and Japan. Both primary and secondary outcomes show statistically significant improvements in gastrointestinal health, cardiovascular health, and dermatological health.
Bonus: Seed is committed to sustainability with a refill system and all recyclable or biodegradable packaging materials. No single-use plastic and their glass jar is SO cute.
After trying the probiotics for 2 months. I was so impressed with them, I had to reach out to Seed to partner with them. You know I’ve gotta get the hookup for you guys!! You can try Seed for yourself here, and use code: ANNAMISCHIO15 for 15% off!
Probiotics in Your Diet
You can incorporate probiotics in your diet by eating fermented foods. This isn’t meant to replace taking a daily pill, as ‘probiotic foods’ aren’t scientifically speaking true probiotics. It’s unknown what strands these are, and if the strands will survive all the way down to your gut. These foods will just enhance your diet and may give you a slight probiotic ‘boost’.
Probiotic-like foods include:
All in all, probiotics have some pretty insane health benefits. There’s no cure-all pill that you can take to fix your health entirely, but probiotics are pretty damn close!
Increasing your gut health and improving your digestive system is a huge step towards a healthier life. It’s so important that you do use the right kind of probiotic that will actually give you results, and remember to take it every day.
As always, for more health advice, coaching, and to get a personalized health plan, make a consultation with me here!
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