A person may think that the only purpose for probiotics is to get over stomach troubles. Most people use a random probiotic from the grocery store because their doctor said to take a probiotic and it's cheap. In fact, all sorts of food are infused with probiotics these days.
But probiotics are not all the same. Believe it or
not, probiotics don’t all contain the same strains. The truth is that probiotics don’t even all fit into the same category and a probiotic should do a lot more than just help with digestive issues.
I was recently helping someone decide where to start with their gut health. I commented that it will be nice to get her beyond her discomforts so she can have fun with gut health. She was surprised I said “fun” and “gut health” in the same line. LOL In my opinion, gut health should go way beyond overcoming digestive and immune health challenges.
The gut is connected to everything.
Here are some fun things about gut health:
Eating what I want when I got out with friends and family because nothing causes me digestive problems
Eating what I want and not gaining weight (I do cheat meals. I don’t eat crap all day every day)
Dropping 4 pant sizes in a year and finding out I may actually still have abs
Increasing muscle without having to eat 250 grams of protein every day
Going outside in the Spring and Summer and not dying of allergies
Feeling better and being happier
A probiotic won’t offset consuming garbage all day. That’s true. But a probiotic should definitely contribute to helping one overcome poor lifestyle habits (i.e., sugar cravings and a large appetite).
The gut controls how one responds to food, the metabolism/fat burning, cravings, appetite, nutrient
utilization, the immune system (thus allergies), skin health (Gut-Skin Axis), and mood (Gut-Brain Axis).