Dec 28 , 2019
Probiotics may contain a variety of microorganisms. Taking probiotics can help aid with digestion, boost nutrient absorption, maintain vaginal health, support immune response and improve mood, etc.
Digestive & Intestinal Health
Pathogens produce toxins that can cause diarrhea and probiotics may inhibit the growth of pathogens, thereby curtailing the toxins. They compete with (fend off) not-so-friendly bacteria from adhering to the cells in the digestive tract and thus fortify the gut barrier.
The intestines harbor about 70% of the body’s innate immune function. Probiotics, the beneficial members of your intestinal microbial community, help create a physical barrier against unfriendly guests and take some load off the immune system.
Probiotics can produce trace amounts of lactic acid that causes a low and protective pH (3.5-4.5) within the vaginal tract. A lower pH is generally accepted to be normal for a healthy vaginal ecosystem.
It is shown that taking probiotics during meals can enhance the body’s absorption of iron, which can lower the risk of this nutrient deficiency. Probiotics can also break down the food you eat into the nutrients that sustain you, bind to micronutrients like vitamins and minerals and release them in the colon where they can be more easily absorbed and increase fat absorption, etc.
The gut is where 90% of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that regulates mood, memory, sleep and more, is produced. Low levels of serotonin may result in depression and anxiety. Some researches also show that probiotics can even function as delivery vehicles for potent brain chemicals.
Scientists have found that regular supplementation of probiotics can have modest effects on LDL and total cholesterol and may help improve blood pressure.
Skin, as the largest organ of the body, is constantly exposed to physical, chemical and bacterial challenges. As in the gut, friendly bacteria on the skin fend off invaders to boost immunity.