At this point, most people know that probiotics are beneficial to their health…but they just aren’t aware of HOW beneficial they can be!
Probiotics have earned a solid reputation for helping with gas, bloating and constipation—that’s pretty well-known.
And more people are catching on that they encourage strong immune function too. Between 70-80 percent of your immune system is located in your gut microbiome, so probiotics help support that precious immune system!
But that’s still just a drop in the probiotics bucket!
Here are many more health benefits of probiotics I bet you’ve never heard of:
Better dental health
Research has shown that probiotics can improve periodontitis, which is a gum infection that damages the tissue and bones that support your teeth.
In addition, studies show that probiotics can even help prevent cavities!
A 60-day double-blind study of 45 adults with rheumatoid arthritis was conducted where some of the participants supplemented with probiotics (in addition to their pain relievers) and the others were given a placebo.
The probiotic group reported significantly less pain, and also were better able to walk, reach and perform activities of daily living!
This makes sense because rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition, and probiotics help support proper immune function.
Several studies have confirmed that probiotics are associated with a lower risk of developing diabetes.
Diabetes is a complex condition that results from many factors, including inadequate digestion and poor pancreatic function. Since probiotics help support sound digestion and absorption of nutrients, they are a factor in the fight against diabetes.
Probiotics can even help encourage healthier skin!
Skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema stem from inflammatory immune responses, and probiotics help tame those responses.
Plus many skin problems like rashes, dryness, hives and acne are the result of inflammation due to poor digestion, wastes and toxins in your bloodstream and an unhealthy gut microbiome.
Preventing vaginal yeast infections and UTIs
Probiotics help support a healthy pH in the vagina and counteract yeast overgrowth, the culprit behind vaginal yeast infections and UTIs.
Many people are challenged when it comes to absorbing nutrients. This especially applies to people who have regular constipation, use acid reducers, are over age 50 or have had gastric surgery.
Lacking nutrients is an underlying cause of practically every disease in existence!
But probiotics can encourage better nutrient absorption, which in turn creates a healthier you.
Most people don’t know this, but your body eliminates old, worn-out cholesterol through the intestinal tract.
This system works fine, unless you are prone to constipation…in which case instead of being whisked away, that cholesterol can be reabsorbed into circulation and raise your cholesterol level.
Since probiotics help support smooth, regular BMs, they in turn promote healthy cholesterol levels!
Probiotics help fight depression in two ways.
First, they support nutrient absorption, and it is a fact that nutrient deficiencies can trigger or worsen depression—especially B vitamins and vitamin D.
Also, 90 percent of your body’s serotonin is produced in your gut, so it’s imperative to keep that gut environment working like it should.
Make sure you’ve got a strong supply!
The benefits of having a healthy gut environment and a well-balanced population of beneficial bacteria continue to grow, so it’s vital to ensure your intestinal tract is pampered and your body has a strong supply of these friendly microbes.
Here are 3 ways to help ensure your gut environment is in tip-top shape:
1- Keep it safe
Avoid things that are harmful to your microbiome including:
- Cigarette smoke
- Unfiltered tap water
- Excessive alcohol (especially beer)
- Refined carbs and sugars
- Processed and fast food
- Antibiotics, acid reducers and birth control pills
- Regularly lacking sleep
2- Support the helpful good guys
The simple answer is: It depends on where you’re starting from.
If you’ve taken probiotics in the past and/or just want to help support a gut environment that’s already relatively healthy, then regular Super Shield is your ticket. It’s effective blend of 13 strains and 7.25 billion CFUs is very effective at maintaining a strong microbiome balance.
On the other hand, if you had no idea what a probiotic was prior to reading this, if you regularly suffer from chronic digestive issues, have an autoimmune condition or severe asthma or allergies, or if you are bouncing back from COVID or another virus, you may benefit from the more potent 15-strain, 20 billion CFU formula of Super Shield PLUS.
3- Dietary support
Supporting a healthy gut flora balance means nourishing your microbiome with gut-loving foods like fresh vegetables and fermented foods.
“Fermented foods” includes sauerkraut, yogurt, kefir (a fermented milk drink that tastes like drinkable yogurt), kimchi (Korean fermented cabbage), and kombucha (a tangy tea-based drink).
Note that soy-based products like tempeh and miso are also fermented foods, but I hesitate to recommend soy because most of the soy grown in the US is now genetically modified.
On the flip side, stay away from sugars and refined carbs (especially soda), and minimize your consumption of grains (which turn to sugar upon digestion). All of these foods feed the harmful microbes and yeasts in your gut and counteract the helpful efforts of your microbiome.
Support your helpful gut inhabitants and help them enhance your health in countless ways!
To your health,