Probiotic supplements actually contain small, living microorganisms that play an immense role in health and your physique.
It is because of this key role that probiotics have recently begun to make waves in scientific research.
Studies are beginning to reveal that having a healthy gut microbiome is not only important for gut health and digestion, but may also be ultimately linked to how our body works as a whole and even have an influence on moods such depression.
This article dives into why probiotics are the hottest new supplement and why that position is warranted. Additionally, we’ll go into some brief information regarding how to use probiotics to benefit your health and physique.
What Are Probiotics?
Often confused with prebiotics, probiotics are actually small, living microorganisms which, when taken as supplements, can begin to change the bacteria residing in your gut.
Surprisingly, our body potentially contains upwards of trillions of microorganisms, which can influence many different processes in the body. In fact, some estimates indicate that microorganisms can outnumber our actual cells by 3:1 (1).
These beneficial bacteria are typically found in fermented products such as kefir (fermented milk or sweetened water drink), kombucha (fermented tea) and some other foods such as yogurt, which typically have large amounts of live, cultured bacteria.
Additionally, in order to ensure proper dosage and type of bacteria being consumed, using a supplement such as our 30-billion Probiotic product is suggested due to convenience, reliability and dosage strength (you can rarely obtain a sufficient amount from your diet).
What Role Do Probiotics Play In Your Body?
The primary role of these microorganisms is to aid in digestion of carbohydrates that weren’t digested further up the digestive system.
Additionally, these microbes help manufacture vitamins in the gut and even convert fiber into short chain fatty acids, which can help with a number of health benefits, ranging from potentially preventing obesity and helping with blood glucose (sugar) regulation (2, 3).
However, further research has now highlighted these benefits extend into nearly every area imaginable. Here are some more key benefits listed below:
Research Proven Benefits of Probiotics
Inflammation is a condition where the immune system is a bit too active and can actually cause negative effects in the long term.
Normally, the immune system responds to threats or damage, causing local inflammation at the site of the issue which then subsides when fixed. However, it seems that our diet and our gut microbiome can cause widespread, chronic inflammation if not treated correctly.
Luckily, studies have shown that with regular use of probiotic supplement you can decrease inflammation in the body and therefore, potentially help ward off diseases and other issues that are commonly associated with it (4).
Reduced Symptoms Of Depression
Although depression was once thought to be strictly an issue of brain health, many practitioners are beginning to believe that the bacteria in our gut may play an integral role in the onset of depression.
Amazingly, scientists are beginning to understand that having unhealthy bacteria in the gut can actually begin a cascade of events, such as releasing inflammatory cytokines (proteins) into the bloodstream, which can cause depressive effects (5).
Even more fascinating is research which has actually shown significant decreases in symptoms of depression and anxiety when individuals supplemented with probiotics for just 30 days (6).
Boost Immune System
Research has shown that the use of probiotics might be able to positively influence you immune system to work better in the face of threats (7).
The use of probiotics does not just help stimulate immune processes to work more efficiently; one study actually showed that the use of probiotics helped protect subjects from E. coli by preventing its invasion into cells (8).
Yet another study showed that supplementing with probiotics is strongly correlated with fewer incidences of upper respiratory tract infections (9).
Probiotics to Burn Body fat?
With all the links probiotics have on our gut health, it’s not surprising people are now using them as a weight loss agent.
The incredible amount of bacteria in our gut influences how foods are absorbed and digested (i.e. stored as fat). Therefore, it’s no wonder that our gut bacteria influence our body weight and our physique.
Amazingly, research has even revealed that certain strains of probiotics can influence body weight, both negatively or positively, based on which specific strain is consumed (this is why you should buy a research-proven probiotic).
For example, one type of bacteria may be used to increase nutritional absorption for children experiencing malnutrition.
Alternatively, some strains of probiotics are used due to their ability to prevent calorie and fat absorption in the gut, leading to weight loss. Additionally probiotics also have the power to increase secretion of hormones that might help reduce appetite and prevent fat accumulation! (10)
Either way, it seems that depending on your personal body weight needs, different types of probiotics can be used to reach your goal.
It’s for this reason that our CAPLAB 30 Billion Probiotic has a super high dose and actually provides 3 of the research proven strains to provide an array of benefits.
How To Use Probiotics
When choosing a probiotic, you’ll want to ensure a large portion of the supplement is rich in two distinct strains of bacteria: Bifidobacterium and Lactobacillus.
These two strains are ones that have been used in most research and proven to provide a wide range of different benefits.
Additionally, as a bonus, you can also improve their function by feeding the bacteria with a prebiotic fiber. If the bacteria aren’t fed with the proper nutrition (i.e. a healthy diet), they may not be able to thrive and thus provide benefit.
I suggest taking 2-3 capsules of our CAPLAB 30 Billion Probiotics or another research-proven product with a similar amount of bacteria and the 3 key strains.
Remember, you can also combine these with food and fiber such as potato starch, green bananas and leafy greens.
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