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Probiotics are living microorganisms responsible for breaking down and absorbing nutrients, maintaining the immune-gut barrier, and much more. When combined with prebiotics, these healthy bacteria strains encourage a high-functioning immune system and provide relief from frustrating symptoms such as diarrhea, constipation, bloating/gas, and other IBS symptoms. Here are a few benefits of probiotics you should know about:

1. Aids in digestion

causes of leaky gut Poor digestive health can occur when harmful microbes and bacteria outweigh the good microflora, resulting in a condition known as leaky gut. Things like stress, poor diet, alcohol, and medication side effects can be significant factors in your gut issues. You may experience bloating, gas, constipation, and irregular bowel movements. Probiotics’ role is to promote the growth of healthy gut bacteria, encourage regular bowel movements, and provide relief from uncomfortable symptoms. 

2. Improves immune function 

Gut and immune health go hand in hand, so probiotics are also very helpful in maintaining and improving the entire G.I. tract. Specific strains are known for targeting T-cell activation, which is crucial for protecting and defending the body against attack. Consistent use of probiotics can go a long way in boosting your immunity. 

3. Controls inflammation 

Leaky gut not only affects your digestion and immunity but also contributes to food sensitivities and increased inflammation (pain, brain fog, fatigue). If left untreated, it can result in autoimmune disorders, such as Crohns or IBS. Probiotics defend the integrity of your immune responses so your body can better fight off the bad bacteria wreaking havoc on your gut. 

4. Helps with weight control 

probiotic and gut healthAnother benefit of probiotics is its effect on the ability to lose weight. Healthy gut function is key to a good metabolism so your body can absorb nutrients and burn fat.  Our Clinical Nutrition experts can help you heal your leaky gut, find obstacles to your metabolism, and support your weight loss goals!

5. Supports vaginal health in women

Some strains of probiotics are also helpful in maintaining a balance of healthy vaginal bacteria and preventing vaginal infections and UTIs. If you suffer from frequent yeast infections, you may want to talk with a healthcare professional about how a probiotic might help. 

6. Provides a boost in mental health 

It may surprise you, but your gut health and your mood are connected! Poor gut health has been linked to brain and nervous system dysfunction, from feelings of anxiety and depression to brain fog and other mood problems. As more research is done, we will continue to learn even more about the mental health benefits of probiotics!

Probiotic Supplements from Dr. Autoimmune

GIT Power supplementYou can find probiotics in fermented foods such as kimchi, sauerkraut, and kefir, but a dietary supplement could be necessary to ensure you’re getting enough of these vital microbes. Since there are so many benefits of probiotics, taking a daily supplement is a smart choice for improving your overall wellness! Here are a couple of our top-selling products:

GIT Power: a vegetarian capsule that contains a patent-pending formula of  Saccharomyces boulardii, a probiotic strain that supports the integrity and function of a healthy G.I. tract. It is lactose-free and specifically designed to resist the stomach’s digestive acids for optimal absorption.

Immuno Power: this unique blend of probiotics supports healthy gut bacteria growth and promotes T-cell activation, a vital function for overall immune system health. The capsules are coated in sodium alginate, ensuring the probiotics are delivered to the gut effectively. 

As you can see, the benefits of probiotics affect more than just your gut health. They’re essential nutrients for feeling your best from the inside out! Read more about probiotics and the connection between gut health and autoimmune disease