Probiotics are good bacteria found naturally in your body that aid in digestion and food metabolism. We ingest probiotics from a variety of foods, such as yogurt, kefir, pickles, kombucha, and other fermented foods.
They are typically taken as a supplement to improve a variety of ailments from digestive to immune function. Good probiotic supplementation reduces or eliminates the symptoms of frequent indigestion caused by diseases such as Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and many more.
These ailments are brought on by a combination of poor diet, stress, and medications. 80 percent of your immune system is in your gut, so regular supplementation with probiotics leads to a stronger immunity, improved urinary and vaginal health, and improvement or resolution of digestive ailments.
Regular probiotic usage allows for improved weight loss in two ways: one by digesting your food more efficiently, preventing backup and bloating-probiotics help to keep your belly flatter.
The other, by metabolizing your food more efficiently your body decreases your hunger urges, because you are receiving the nutrient content your body desires and processing the food more efficiently.
Research studies have been performed on mice that show gut bacteria in lean mice differ from that of their heavier counterparts and when the gut bacteria from obese mice is transferred into lean mice the lean mice start to gain weight. Although slowly gaining in popularity, probiotics may be one of the better-kept weight loss secrets!