What do you already know about Probiotics?
Probiotics are living bacteria and yeasts, they provide us with health benefits, usually we can consumed them from some fermented food like Kefir, Yogurt, Sauerkraut, Kombucha, Tempeh, Kimchi (you can search on google to identify them)…
The Good – Benefits of Probiotics
Probiotics can help to balance the good bacteria in our gut, I call them ‘happy bacteria’ because once you can balance the strains in your digestive system your body will be happy. They help the body by extracting nutrients during digestion, absorbing minerals, produce vitamins and also make chemicals the brain needs including at least 30 neurotransmitters along with mood enhancing serotonin which in turn improves your mental health… oh wow… can you see how every part gets connected.
probiotics can help prevent and treat severe diarrhea (even though that is also a side effect), Certain strains of happy bacteria can help keep your heart healthy. Another benefit is the reduction of certain allergies and eczema, It also aids in weight loss and reducing belly fat. So the benefits of probiotics goes beyond healing leaky guts and fixing digestive disorder but overall it boosts you immune system.
Certain probiotics may help you lose weight and belly fat, But other strains have been linked to weight gain too, so stay safe.
The Bad – Side Effects
Probiotic is a bit of a puzzle if you read or study deeply, because it has a good effect on most things that are also listed in the side effects and this is because the word probiotic covers many different strains of bacteria and we react differently to different levels of them.
Probiotics can cause Diarrhea, gas, bloating, cramps, headache, allergy, rashes and even acne (we will talk more about probiotics and the skin in the next paragraph).
To reduce the effect of probiotics, stay hydrated, start from small doses or reduce the dosage if side effects occurs, the happy bacteria might come to your body as a shock and it will need time to adjust to the new rule but seeking medical attention might be best if you feel your overdosed on probiotics. It can also increase the chances of Obesity and weight gain.
The Untold – What No One Tells You About Probiotics
Recently I decided to try Probiotics again from one of my favorite brands and my experience was a lot different from the first time I tried probiotics then I realize some things no one ever tells you about this guys (probiotics & Prebiotics), so I made a list to let all my friends know and learn from me.
No on tells you that when you need to buy probiotics, you need to make sure it is a good brand and not just anything off the counter (In this case expensive is better).
No one tells you probiotics can ruin your perfect looking skin within days if you are consuming the wrong strains of bacteria – personally the first time I tried, I broke out terribly with acne and my already problematic skin became so dry and flaky, you could rub it and it will shed like scales on fish, so even as it helps eczema and other allergies it comes with its own price to pay.
No one tells you that you can have diarrhea for days especially when you just begin your probiotics.
No one tells you that you can get probitics from some food you eat instead of going to the pharmacy and buying then in pills and capsules. (Read above for probiotic foods)
So now you know better, if you have tried probiotics for any reason maybe after an antibiotic please share your experience with us, i will love to read from you.
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