The Incomparable Benefits of Probiotics
Probiotics have been a trending topic over the last few years, and they boast a solution to a multitude of issues. The good news is, used consistently, probiotics live up to their hype.
Let’s start with the basics: what are probiotics? Probiotics are live microorganisms that naturally inhabit our gut and help maintain homeostasis in our bodies.
Some of the proven benefits of probiotics are supporting the immune system, promoting healthy digestion and effective absorption of nutrients, maintaining homeostasis and preventing certain infections, reducing gut inflammation and helping support glowing skin.
How do probiotics support glowing skin? Underlying gut health is important because when inflammation is under control, acne and sebum dysregulation are less likely to happen.
Probiotics do not need to be taken in supplement form – they can be incorporated into your daily diet via foods such as yogurt or fermented goodies.
Overall, probiotics have been proven to improve and help maintain gut health. Along with a healthy gut come many related health benefits. Did you know that the human gut is more complex than we thought it was? Gut health has been proven to have a huge impact on whole body health. A healthy gut promotes a strong immune system, a healthy heart, better cognitive performance, as well as improvements in mood, sleep and digestion. A healthy gut also plays a role in preventing some autoimmune conditions.
In short, yes, probiotics do live up to the hype. Try incorporating the following foods into your diet in order to naturally up your intake… yogurt and kefir are two dairy based drinks that contain probiotics. Kombucha is an option if you’re looking to avoid dairy but still want to drink your probiotics. Pickles are a fermented food which is found in most kitchens and pantries. Miso, sauerkraut, and kimchi are some other options that can add both variety and probiotics into your diet. Sourdough bread, and even some types of cheeses, such as Gouda, Cheddar and Parmesan can contain probiotics.