By now, you’ve probably heard a little about probiotics, the “good” bacteria that line your digestive tract, help your body absorb nutrients and fight infection – perhaps you’ve even jumped on the Kombucha and Kimchi train and added yogurt to your breakfast. But probiotics can do more for your health than just aid digestion, especially in the upcoming colder months when we’re at risk of germs and infection.
Here’s six reasons why you should be taking and eating probiotics:
1. Immune Boost
By reducing your body’s inflammatory response, probiotics soften your reaction to cold and flu, which means you won’t experience as many symptoms. So this winter, if you feel a tickle at the back of your throat, make sure you replenish your body with probiotics, because when you’re fighting the flu, it kills bacteria, even the healthy ones.
2. Stress Less
Stress weakens your immune response and makes you more vulnerable to sickness. Taking probiotics helps to increase your body’s stress tolerance by preventing the growth of negative bacteria.
3. Ambush Allergies
As well as your digestive and immune systems, probiotics help fight allergens and infections, including hayfever, eczema, asthma, and food allergies.
4. Glad Gut
A common cause of inflammation is a leaky gut. Often caused by stress or certain foods, a leaky gut can be prevented by probiotics, because they help protect the lining of the intestines, destroy harmful bacteria, and then repopulate the gut with friendly bacteria.
5. Smiling Skin
As much as staying hydrated and wearing sunblock is important for a good complexion, so is taking probiotics. The good bacteria gives your skin the nutrients it needs to protect itself against the sun and ageing, soothe irritation, and combat conditions like eczema, psoriasis and acne.
6. Good Mood
A recent study from the Leiden Institute of Brain and Cognition revealed that probiotics may have a positive impact on our mental health and improve our mood. The study, done at the Leiden Institute of Brain and Cognition, found that people on probiotics spent less time dwelling on negative thoughts than those who didn’t.
Although only preliminary, this research is the first evidence that probiotics can help reduce the negative thoughts bad moods bring, and could be used in conjunction with therapy in the treatment of depression.
So this winter, stock up on that booch, toss some pickles in your salad, and invest in a good probiotic, like the Releaf Probiotic range, which includes a Probiotic 12-strain, Probiotic Melt 12-strain, Probiotic Active 12-strain and Probiotics Kids Chews.
Content via MindBodyGreen.com