It is well known that our digestive system – particularly the intestines – contains both good and bad bacteria.
Commonly referred to as probiotics, the good bacteria is essential for gut health and the absorption of nutrients such as calcium, iron and vitamins D and A into the bloodstream.
However, what many of us don’t know is that in addition to this, probiotics can have a profound effect on all aspects of our health and well-being – not just our digestive system.
Take a look at the guide below, which highlights some of the benefits of probiotics.
Studies have shown a link between the mix of good and bad bacteria in the gut and weight-gain, particularly around the abdomen. By making sure you are getting lots of probiotics as part of a healthy diet you could help to reduce excess weight.
Your gut can play a significant role in quality of sleep. This is because the natural process of digestion releases the ‘happy hormone’ serotonin, which is needed to make the relaxation hormone, melatonin. Therefore, including more probiotics in your diet or taking a supplement could help to increase the production of these hormones which means you will sleep better.
Bloating and gas is a result of too much bad bacteria in the gut. Sugary foods feed this bacteria which leads to an imbalance. Probiotics will help to top up levels of good bacteria to reduce bloating and gas.
Vitamin D deficiency is considered to be a reason why people develop SAD, but taking probiotics has been shown to increase levels of this vitamin by more than 25%. Probiotics can also help to reduce anxiety and lower levels of brain activity linked to pain and emotion, thus can ultimately help boost mood in the long-term.
Research has shown a strong link between a healthy gut and the prevention and treatment of oral infections such as dental cavities, halitosis and periodontal disease.