SHOULD YOU TAKE PROBIOTICS?

by Jon Gustin
Probiotics come from fermented foods or supplements. They are live microorganisms that can balance the gut bacteria in your digestive tract. Unbalanced gut bacteria can cause various health issues for a person. You can get probiotics into your diet in various ways; by eating or drinking foods such as, yogurt, kefir, kombucha, and other fermented foods. You can also get them from a good probiotic supplement. At Burton Nutrition, we have probiotic supplements for adults and children. The benefits of a supplement for children probably goes without saying since their diets are more complicated. Either that or they’re more complicated. I’m leaning towards the ladder. Anyways, here’s 4 BENEFITS OF PROBIOTICS however you wish to consume them.
DIARRHEA ISN’T MY TYPE
Like an awkward Tinder date, let’s just get this over with. We’ve all had it, you may even have it now sitting on the toilet. Chances are if you have diarrhea somethings wrong with your diet. Or somethings wrong with the food. Assuming your diet is good but you come down with a nasty infection and need antibiotics. That too can cause the not so pleasant movements. Probiotics can’t help with your Tinder date, unless you get diarrhea on the date so I guess it can. In a conducted study it was shown that taking probiotics with antibiotics, reduced diarrhea by 42%. (Source) In another study, probiotics reduced the risk of travelers' diarrhea by 8%. They also lowered the risk of diarrhea from other causes by 57% in children and 26% in adults. (Source, Source) So lets pass on the D word and get some probiotics in that churning belly of yours.
FRIEND ZONE
The dreaded zone I was so often in during the years of puberty. There’s two types of bacteria in your gut: the “good” or “friendly” and the “bad” or “annoying.” We want to go ahead and friend zone the “good” worse than you did to that nice guy in 9th grade Science class. Probiotics contain those nice guys who finish last or good bacteria. Consuming them restores the balance in your gut of good vs. bad bacteria. If you always go for the bad boys, bad bacteria, you can end up with health problems such as obesity, digestive issues, mood swings, lowered immunity and many more. Create some balance in your gut by consuming foods with probiotics or supplementing.
HELP IN REDUCING BELLY FAT
This title probably caught your attention immediately! I have to always preface anything claiming “belly fat” with, there is no magical formula that will get rid of belly fat! It is a balance of good nutrition, burning calories, creating a calorie deficit, hormones and many other factors. There are ways to, let’s say, optimize fat reduction and one is with supplementation. Like previously stated, probiotics usually result in a happy belly. Some probiotics prevent the absorption of dietary fat in the intestines. This results in the fat being excreted through he feces rather than absorbed in the body. (Source, Source) They may also help with weight loss directly. In one study, dieting women who took Lactobacillus rhamnosus for 3 months lost 50% more weight than women who didn't take a probiotic. (Source) So to optimize fat loss in your body, a probiotic is something to add to the arsenal.
IMMUNE SYSTEM HEALTH
During the winter and having two children, I’m all in on anything to help my immune system. Probiotics are a great way to make sure you have as many soldiers or antibodies in your system during “war time.” A study that was conducted backs this claim up of probiotics producing the natural production of antibodies in your system. (Source)
There was also a study showing how some probiotics can reduce symptoms and severity of respiratory infections in children. (Source) To top it off, some probiotics have shown to reduce the risk of urinary tract infections in Women. (Source) I don’t know about you but my family is very pro probiotics!
The easiest way to make sure you are getting probiotics in your diet is to supplement. If for whatever reason you or your children cannot supplement, there’s natural occurring probiotics in some food. Here’s a link where you can get some ideas for your grocery list! (Source)