The 3 Powerful Benefits You Can Expect From Probiotics
By Kevin DiDonato MS, CES--Level 1 Certified Precision Nutrition and Certified Personal Trainer
Did you know that you have SEVEN pounds of the most powerful disease fighter stored , right now, in your body?
Your gut is filled with BILLIONS, if not TRILLIONS, of live bacteria all designed to keep you healthy and fit.
I know what you’re thinking, “how can bacteria keep you healthy?”
You see, these microbes or bacteria keep you healthy by digesting (and absorbing) food particles, fighting off those nasty and dangerous bacteria and toxins, and even help your brain to communicate with your body.
That’s why keeping your gut and the associated bacteria healthy, you need to supplement your diet with foods that are rich in both probiotics and prebiotics.
If you’re still on the fence about taking a probiotics, let me give you THREE darn good reasons why you need them in your diet:
1. LOWERS Cholesterol
Heart disease is of great concern for many people. That’s why most people reduce risk factors associated with heart disease.
One of those risk factors, high cholesterol, is routinely treated as a way to reduce heart disease risk factors.
Studies show – although the mechanism is not known – that probiotics may lower cholesterol and improve your heart health.
2. Lowers Depression and Anxiety
Many people suffer from symptoms of depression or anxiety.
And the most popular treatment option is the use of anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medications.
However, there may be another way! Two potent probiotics strains – B. Longum and L, Helveticus – have been shown to reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety.
3. Gives You a Lean, Tone Body
Yes, studies actually show that probiotics may aid in weight loss!
Not just any old weight loss, but body fat loss!
In fact, Lactobacillus gasseri has been shown to boost body fat loss by a whopping 8.5 percent over the course of three months.
Imagine being able to drop 8.5 percent of your belly fat by making a simple change like increasing your probiotics!
4. Protects from Potentially Dangerous Bacteria
Every day, you are bombarded by toxic pathogens, bacteria, and viruses that could damage your health or could even kill you.
In fact, it’s been said that TRILLIONS of viruses (both good and bad) fall from the sky everyday. And they have the potential to wreak havoc on your health.
Probiotics may help! These friendly-bacteria may help to strengthen your immune system, and prevent dangerous viruses or bacteria from making you sick.
There are plenty of reasons to 1) eat probiotic-rich foods or 2) to take a high quality probiotic.
From improve immune health to better digestion and absorption, getting your probiotics into your day should be considered a must.
And you can do this by increasing your intake of probiotic-rich foods, kimichi, and other fermented foods.
So, for your health, fat loss, and mental health consider increasing your daily intake of probiotics.
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