Everything You Need to Know About Probiotic
What is a Probiotic?
id you know your body has more bacterial cells than human cells? It might sound creepy, but roughly 100 trillion microorganisms call your body home and play a vital role in your health.
Keep reading as we explore why you should consider taking the VitaRx Probiotic Formula to support this delicate ecosystem.
Probiotics – meaning "for life" – are beneficial bacteria that reside symbiotically on and in the human body. The GI tract, in particular, contains trillions of live probiotic bacteria known as the gut microbiome.
Fermented foods and drinks like sauerkraut, kimchi, yogurt, kombucha, kefir, and miso introduce probiotic bacteria to your digestive tract and cultivate a healthy microbiome. Additionally, eating a diverse range of plant foods provides "prebiotic" fiber to feed the bacteria and encourage proliferation and diversity.
How Probiotic Works
A healthy balance of “friendly” bacteria helps to synthesize nutrients like folate, vitamin B2, vitamin B12, and vitamin K2. These little critters also break down food to support digestion. For example, a 2016 study in the Nutrition Journal found that supplementing with Lactobacillus acidophilus alleviated symptoms of lactose intolerance by breaking down the sugar lactose in dairy (1).
Probiotics ferment indigestible carbohydrates and fiber in the digestive tract to produce lactic acid and short-chain fatty acids (SCFAs) like acetate and butyrate. These compounds provide gut cells with energy, restore gut barrier function, soothe inflammation, and create an acidic environment that kills harmful pathogens.
The trillions of probiotics in the microbiome also help to regulate mood and support neurological health via the enteric nervous system (ENS) (2). Millions of nerves connect the gut and the brain, allowing them to communicate and influence each other.
What Harms Probiotic Bacteria? Deficiency
Unfortunately, the health and diversity of your gut bacteria are damaged by processed food, a low-fiber diet, stress, aging, smoking, pollution, and the overuse of antibiotics. This may allow opportunistic bacteria to grow out of control, resulting in gut dysbiosis and causing:
- Digestive symptoms
- Poor immunity
- Skin issues
- Weight gain
Fortunately, probiotic supplements – containing the most beneficial Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium strains – could repopulate your gut microbiome and support overall health (3). Our unique VitaRx Probiotic Formula provides a blend of 10 probiotic bacterial strains along with the prebiotic fiber, fructooligosaccharides (FOS). This feeds healthy bacteria and encourages their proliferation once they reach your digestive tract.
Let's take an in-depth look at the health benefits of consuming a probiotic formula.
As the cornerstone of digestive wellness, maintaining a healthy gut microbiome may reduce digestive symptoms like cramps, gas, constipation, diarrhea, and inflammatory bowel disease. Studies show supplementing with a probiotic could help those dealing with the negative digestive effects of antibiotic use (4).
A 2019 systematic review analyzed the effects of probiotic supplements on those with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). It showed probiotics containing various strains of beneficial bacteria may significantly improve IBS symptoms when taken over 2 months (5).
Another systematic review found probiotic supplements effectively reduced symptoms of inflammatory conditions like Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis (6).
The gut microbiome is the immune system's first line of defense – roughly 70% of your immune system lies in the GI tract! Your gut microbiome is constantly working to keep harmful microorganisms in check to stop you from falling ill.
A 2014 systematic review in the British Journal of Nutrition found that taking the Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium strains helped adults and children who developed common respiratory infections by (7):
- Shortening illness duration
- Resulting in fewer days off from school or work
Healthy Body Composition
Poor gut microbiome diversity and dysbiosis have been associated with increased appetite and weight gain.
A study in the Journal of Nutritional Science found that supplementing with Bifidobacterium breve daily for 1 month significantly increased fat loss when compared to a placebo group (8).
Did you know 90% of the "happy hormone" serotonin is produced in the gut? Known as the “second brain”, the gut microbiome can support mental health by producing brain chemicals like serotonin via the gut-brain axis (9).
A 2016 review study confirmed that taking probiotic supplements helped to reduce depression in both healthy people and those diagnosed with major depressive disorder (10).
Make Probiotic Part of Your Daily Diet
Okay you knew it was coming... time for a shameless plug. Do you think the benefits of adding probiotic to your daily diet could help? Create a personalized daily vitamin pack that includes probiotic and any other vitamins, minerals or supplements you think could help. Start by adding probiotic to your Kit here!