Why Probiotics Are Important to Healing Your Gut

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In a recent post, I mentioned leaky gut syndrome.

What most people don’t realize is that our gut is filled with bacteria. Some of it’s good, and some of it’s bad, but there’s a balance of both. And when something triggers the bacteria to be out of balance, that’s when you see leaky gut syndrome rear its ugly head.

The bacteria in your gut is known as microbiome or flora. A healthy individual will have over 1,000 different species of bacteria in their body spanning over 3 million genes!

So with that much microbiome in our bodies, does it really notice when things are out of balance?

The answer is a resounding – YES!

How Our Health Impacts Our Gut

When we eat too many foods that are bad for us or we are constantly under stress, you already know it negatively impacts our health. However, gut bacteria can quickly and dramatically depending on outside factors.

This level of sensitivity combined with what we know about triggers like stress and environment shows that our gut health is crucial to maintaining our well-being.

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One of the major ways you can keep your gut healthy is with probiotics.

But as I’ve learned the hard way, not just any probiotic will do. If you think about how digestion works, anything that passes through our stomach comes into contact with acids to aid the process. The problem is that most of the probiotics on the market don’t survive stomach acid to do the job they are intended to do.

Of course, taking a probiotic is better than not taking one at all. Yet, if the one you’re taking is getting broken down without any effect, you’re wasting your money.

What Types of Probiotics Should I Take?

In order to get the full benefit of taking probiotics, you should take one using the following guidelines.

Your probiotic should:

  • Require refrigeration to ensure the microorganisms it contains are alive
  • Contain multiple strains (not just the typical 1 or 2)
  • Be produced in a lab that has high-quality standards to protect the viability of the product
  • Contain at least 1 billion CFUs (you can increase the amount you take over time)

By using these factors to choose a probiotic, you can ensure that you get the best possible one. Not only can this help you on the path to healing from leaky gut syndrome but also help with your autoimmune disease symptoms.

Taking probiotics can help to improve your health in a variety of ways. One is that you’ll poop better. Yep, you read that right. Two, you’ll notice less bloating and gas. You may also notice improved sleep, reduced or elimination of incidences of eczema breakouts, and an overall boost of your immune system.

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I have yet to find a product available online that meets all of the above factors, especially requiring refrigeration. There are quite a few probiotics sold on Amazon. However, after reading reviews, it seems that there are quite a few inconsistencies about whether they ship with an ice pack to protect the product.

What works best for me is to get my probiotics from a local store that specializes in natural foods. I go to Sprouts, where I can get 60 capsules for about $30. I’ve noticed a big difference in how I feel every day (along with going gluten-free), and I don’t know how I got along without them.

What has your experience been with probiotics? Have you noticed a difference in your health? Share your story with us in the comments below.

Resources

Medical News Today – The Gut Microbiome

Harvard Health Publishing – Benefit of Probiotics

Scientific American – The Gut’s Microbiome Changes Rapidly with Diet