Worldwide, the term “bacteria” has a bad reputation. When people think of it, they often think of illnesses or infections, so the thought of intentionally consuming bacteria doesn’t always sit easy. However, a growing body of scientific evidence and research suggests that you can treat and even prevent some illnesses with foods and supplements containing certain kinds of living bacteria, called probiotics. Today, we’ll describe probiotics, examine their numerous health benefits, and explain why you should choose Dr. Thornburg Wellness for all your probiotic needs.
Trust Your Gut
When we say, “trust your gut,” we are not speaking figuratively. We mean it literally. When people consider the overall health of their bodies and brains, the well-being of their gut might not be their top priority. However, studies suggest that maybe it should be.
There is a bacterial population that inhabits the intestines, often called “gut microbiota.” Acquired primarily during the birthing process, it consists of trillions of microorganisms from nearly 500 different species that are unique to each individual. These microorganisms, also known as microflora, generally don't make us sick. In fact, most are helpful.
Gut-dwelling bacteria keep pathogens, such as harmful bacteria, viruses, or other microorganisms, in check, as well as aid digestion and nutrient absorption, manufacture specific vitamins and nutrients, and contribute to immune function.
Modern medical research is uncovering the ways that your gut and brain communicate back and forth, and experts are beginning to believe that certain psychological disorders, such as anxiety and depression, may even have gastrointestinal foundations. In short, a healthy person likely has a healthy gut that contains lots of good kinds of bacteria.
Benefits of Taking Probiotics
Now that we know the ways gut health influences general physical and mental well-being, the question then becomes how to ensure healthy gut flora. Here is where probiotics become essential.
Probiotics are living microorganisms that reside in certain foods, such as yogurt, sauerkraut, and other fermented items, dietary supplements, and some beauty products. When consumed, they help populate the gut with health-boosting bacteria. Some commonly accepted health benefits of probiotics include:
- Diminishing chronic inflammation, a leading cause of many diseases
- Aiding weight loss
- Curing digestive health issues, including diarrhea, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, and systemic bloating
- Reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression in people with clinical depression
- Increasing the number of activated and helper T cells
- Boosting heart health and fighting against common causes of heart disease
- Maintaining and supporting proper brain and nervous system functioning
- Lowering cholesterol levels in the blood
- Causing modest reductions in blood pressure
- Enhancing immune function, possibly leading to a reduced risk of infections
- Helping fight skin conditions such as acne and eczema
There are various strains of probiotics that provide health benefits, including Bifidobacterium, Lactobacillus, and Saccharomyces. Many probiotic supplements, often in the form of pills, capsules, and powders, contain a combination of different strains in the same supplement. Some creators manufacture supplements specifically for women or kids.
If you want to experience the many health benefits associated with probiotics, you must consume an adequate amount to be effective. Most of the studies showing the advantages of probiotics used dosages of one billion to 100 billion live organisms or colony-forming units (CFU) per day.
Be Your Best With Dr. Thornburg Wellness
Full-body health begins with gut health, and gut health starts with the right regimen of high-quality and naturally formulated probiotics from Dr. Thornburg Wellness. We create all our products with everyone in mind, from infants to seniors. No matter your need, we have a supplement to nourish you and your family for long-lasting wellness and vitality. Explore all we have to offer by visiting our online shop or calling 239-778-4483 for more information.