Probiotic Health Benefits

Learn about the many benefits of probiotics including relieving anxiety, treating colicky babies, and calming food allergies and sensitivities.

| March 2018

  • Probiotics taken by the breastfeeding mother as well as probiotics given in drop form to babies may ease the misery of colic for baby and parents.
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  • Food sensitivities are the most difficult to determine since there is not an immediate reaction.
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  • When you lose beneficial microbes, it leaves your body vulnerable and then pathogenic forms of bacteria, viruses, and yeasts can take hold in your system wrecking havoc.
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  • “Probiotics for Health” by Jo A. Panyko reveals how probiotics provide all natural relief for common ailments like allergies, flu, colds, urinary tract and yeast infections.
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Probiotics contain antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties that can help combat chronic diseases, including heart disease, and even certain types of cancers. Probiotics for Health: 100 Amazing and Unexpected Uses for Probiotics (Adams Media, 2017) by Jo A. Panyko shows all the benefits that good bacteria can bring, from weight loss, to better skin and a better immune system. Panyko is a master nutrition therapist and professional member of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals and works as a functional medicine nutrition therapist at her company, Chrysalis Nutrition and Health.

If someone told you he had a product that could help resolve constipation and diarrhea, ward off infection, boost your immune system, assist your body in fighting off cancer, curb allergies, and even help you fight obesity, you would probably be pretty wary, but such a product does exist and you probably have it in your home at this very moment. This product is probiotics.

What exactly are probiotics? The World Health Organization defines probiotics as “Live microorganisms that, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host.” The term comes from the Latin preposition pro meaning “for” and the Greek word biotikos meaning “life.” Probiotics are living microscopic creatures that you ingest to gain myriad health benefits — they are, in fact, beneficial microbes.

“Beneficial microbes” may seem like an oxymoron; after all, you no doubt have heard that microbes such as bacteria are bad, that they are the cause of illness and disease and must be eradicated from your home and living spaces if you want to stay healthy and germ-free. And while it is true that some microbes are bad for your body and do cause disease, this is not true for all microbes. In fact, in your body right now you have beneficial microorganisms that regulate your digestive system, immune system, and countless other body functions. These microbes are a necessary part of your body, but many of the things you do or consume can kill or injure them, leaving your body open to ailments.

Enter probiotics. These helpful microorgansims keep you functioning properly by helping you absorb important nutrients in your digestive tract, by reducing the presence of pathogens, and by regulating the removal of wastes out of your body. When you lose beneficial microbes — either through sickness or through certain medications like antibiotics or antifungals — it leaves your body vulnerable and then pathogenic forms of bacteria, viruses, and yeasts can take hold in your system causing everything from yeast infections and irritable bowl syndrome to eczema and hair loss.

There are now hundreds of known uses for probiotics that not only include digestive help but also benefits against many internal health conditions, from the common cold and asthma to certain forms of cancer. Probiotics can also help with your external health as well. They have been shown to help reduce the signs of aging, improve nails and hair, and even fight bad breath and acne. The benefits of probiotics can be felt throughout your entire body and mind.



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