Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that are good for our health, especially the gut and digestive system. Our body contains both good and bad bacteria. Probiotics are called “good” or “helpful” bacteria because they help to keep our gut healthy. They are naturally found in the body, as well as in some foods and supplements.

Here are some known benefits of Probiotics:

1. Prevent and Treat Diarrhea

If you’re on antibiotics due to a certain illness, you may suffer from diarrhea. Antibiotics can negatively affect the balance of good and bad bacteria in the gut. In this case, using probiotics might be a good option. Probiotics are known for their ability to prevent or treat the severity of diarrhea. Several studies have indicated that taking probiotics can reduced the risk of diarrhea, even if it is not caused due to antibiotics.

2. Benefits Mental Health Conditions

It is believed that mood and mental health is greatly affected by gut health. Supplementing with probiotics can help improve some mental health disorders. Several studies have found that supplementing with probiotics can improve anxiety, stress, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and memory. Probiotics can be found in yogurt and other over the counter supplements.

3. Help keep your heart healthy

Probiotics may be able to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and blood pressure, thereby keeping your heart healthy. Certain lactic acid-producing bacteria may reduce cholesterol by breaking down bile in the gut. Bile is a naturally occurring fluid, mostly made of cholesterol, which helps in digestion. Probiotics prevent its reabsorption in the gut where it can enter the blood as cholesterol. It can also help lower blood pressure.

4. Reduce severity of allergies and eczema

Certain probiotic strains have been found to reduce the severity of eczema in children and infants.  Some probiotics may also reduce incidences of allergies due to milk or dairy in adults and children. For those who suffer from frequent allergies, it might be a good idea to supplement with probiotics on a daily basis.

5. Boosts immunity

Probiotics inhibit the growth of harmful gut bacteria and help in boosting the immune system. Some probiotics have been found to promote the production of natural antibodies. Probiotics have also been shown to reduce the risk of urinary tract infection (UTI) in women.

Probiotics can be found in a variety of foods or supplements. They’re often found in certain fermented dairy products such as yogurts and milk drinks. You can also take probiotics in the form of tablets, capsules and powders. My Nutra Mart has a wide variety of probiotic supplements that you can purchase here.