Research continues to surface on the benefits of probiotics. While probiotics may not be as commonplace as other healthy bacteria, it’s important to know what they are and how they benefit your overall health and wellness. Recent studies show that probiotics may be able to help prevent diabetes, as well as promote gut and digestive health.
This week we learn more about what probiotics are, how they benefit your health and what foods to eat to get regular servings of this healthy bacteria.
In order to start gleaming the benefits of probiotics, it’s important to know what they are exactly. Probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that benefit your digestive system and overall health and wellness. Naturally occurring in your body, probiotics can also be found in certain foods and supplements. Research continues with the increasing interest in these microorganisms.
Because of the presence of probiotics in your gut, many health advantages are derived from your digestive system. Benefits of probiotics include help with irritable bowel syndrome, food allergies, heartburn and immunity issues. Prevention and treatment of yeast infections and urinary tract infections, as well as certain intestinal infections are other benefits of probiotics. Probiotics can also be used to reduce the severity of a cold or flu.
New studies show that a daily dose of probiotics can help ward off certain diseases, such as type 2 diabetes. Imbalances in the bacteria within the gut can cause insulin resistance, which leads to type 2 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes can also trigger high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease. As research continues, it’s possible that probiotics could help prevent type 2 diabetes by regulating gut bacteria imbalances. (Daily Mail)
Another recent study points to the consumption of probiotics for weight loss. A Chinese study found that taking probiotics reduced body mass index (BMI) and body weight. While the documented weight loss was minimal in the study, it can have benefits for weight-related diseases such as type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure, which ties into the other study we discussed. (Newsmax Health)
While probiotics are already found in your gut, eating foods rich in them can contribute to the health benefits of probiotics.
The benefits of probiotics can be found in a variety of foods and as we learn more about these good bacterias we can enjoy the health benefits.