Poor gut health and dysbiosis have been linked to depression, migraines, eczema, IBS, SIBO, leaky gut, and more. If you suffer from these or other gut health issues, you may benefit from taking probiotic supplements. Here are 10 signs you need probiotics and which ones to take.
Probiotics have been defined as “live microrganisms which, when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host”. (1)
Our understanding of the role of probiotics – not only in gut health, but in many other areas – has grown exponentially in recent years, and new studies are published all the time revealing more areas of our health that benefit from these powerful organisms.
10 Signs You Need Probiotics
All of the following have been linked to dysbiosis (an imbalance of good and bad bacteria in the gut) and poor gut health, and studies show that all improve with probiotic supplements.
1. Gastrointestinal issues (Gas, Bloating, Diarrhea, Constipation, Dysbiosis, Leaky Gut, IBS, SIBO, Inflammatory Bowel Diseases like Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis, Clostridium difficile) (2,3,22,23)
2. Overweight and related conditions such as high cholesterol and fatty liver (4-7, 25)
3. Depression or Anxiety (7,8)
4. Migraines (9a, 9b)
5. Urinary Tract Infections (11) or Recurring Yeast Infections (10)
6. Food allergies or sensitivities (12)
8. Autoimmune Disease (21)
9. Autism or Autism Spectrum Disorders (16,17)
10. Recent Antiobitic Therapy (24)
In addition, many scientists, doctors, and nutrition experts (including myself) believe that simply living in today’s toxic and inflammatory world results in some amount of intestinal imbalance (dysbiosis) that may benefit from consumption of probiotic rich foods and/or probiotic supplementation, even if glaring symptoms like these aren’t present.
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Which Probiotics To Take
There are a lot of choices when it comes to probiotic supplements. There are three main types of probiotics to consider with some overlap in how they work, but some unique features as well, and more research being published all the time to help us understand what each of them do and when to take them.
1. Lactobacillus/Bifidobacter based probiotics
- Most common and most well studied type of probiotics
- Don’t colonize the gut, but do offer transient benefits as they pass through
- Shown to benefit most of the conditions above
2. Spore Forming Probiotics
- Also called “Soil Based Organisms” (though they exist naturally in both the soil and in the human GI tract)
- Include Bacillus organisms
- May colonize in the gut
- Assist with immune function
- May help repair leaky gut
- Can help relieve diarrhea
- Can help relieve IBS symptoms
3. Saccharomyces boulardii
- Beneficial yeasts
- Help relieve diarrhea
Check out this Ultimate Guide to Probiotics for even more details about the best probiotic supplements!
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