Most people know that probiotics, the good bacteria in your gut, help digestion. However, most people and doctors would be surprised to know that probiotics have also been shown to help the following conditions:
- Anxiety and Depression
Manhattan area psychiatrist, Kelly Brogan, heals minds through the digestive system. and Boston-area psychiatrist, James Greenblatt, also believes that psychiatric woes can be solved by targeting the digestive system. These are just two of a rising number of psychiatrists who treat patients with probiotics with success. Several research studies have begun to support this practice and it’s no surprise. The gut is referred to as the second brain and recent research shows how it can influence our moods.
There is quite a bit of research showing the connection between your gut and your skin. Good bacteria in your gut can reduce anxiety and depression and those have a very negative influence on acne.
Surpisingly, the beneficial effect of probiotics for allergies has been shown in research.
- Weight loss
According to a study published in the British Journal of Nutrition in December 2013, obese women taking a particular type of probiotic (Lactobacillus rhamnosus) lost more weight than those not taking the probiotic. There was a 12 week period of calorie restriction and then a management period of no restriction. The women not taking the probiotic gained weight in the second management period. The ones taking the probiotic continued to lose weight!
Research into ways probiotics positively influence diabetes is just beginning, but some studies have been done showing probiotics are beneficial.
- Bad breath
An article in the Huffington Post, quotes Dr. Harold Katz, founder of The California Breath Clinics and the author of The Bad Breath Bible, as saying, “Probiotics are able to reduce [bad breath] by muscling out harmful bacteria [that create bad breath] with strains that will not produce oral odors.”
- Candida and yeast infections
Both candida and female yeast infections have been shown to respond to probiotics.
An article published by the National Library of Medicine found that 59% of those who took probiotics no longer had diarrhea after three days, compared to only 37% of those who did not take probiotics. It also noted that there were “hardly any” reports of side effects in these studies.
A 2003 study of over 100 children from families with a history of eczema found probiotics beneficial, and a 2009 study found that probiotics reduce the risk of eczema in infants.
- Irritable bowel
After reading the above, it’s not surprising that probiotics are good for irritable bowel as well.
And that’s not all. There are more benefits. Nutrition in Clinical Practice reports
- Relief from symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease,
- Reduction of lactose intolerance,
- Prevention of colon cancer,
- Improvement of immune function, and
- Inhibition of the bacteria that causes stomach and intestinal ulcers.
When you buy probiotics, you should be sure they don’t need refrigeration (temperature stable) and won’t be destroyed as they pass through stomach acid. They need to pass through your stomach to get to your intestines where they can do their work.
I recommend PhysIQ ProBio because:
- It doesn’t need refrigeration (temperature stable),
- has a protective coating to survive stomach acid,
- It contains the bacteria (Lactobacillus rhamnosus) shown in the study above to help women lose weight, which isn’t surprising as it’s part of a weight management program,
- Contains a patented immune booster, and
- Is made to release its probiotics over time (time release).
You can purchase it directly from the manufacturer at this link.
Is there another probiotic that will be similar to this one that I can purchase in Canada?
Any good probiotic will be fine. I just like that one because it is heat resistant and made to release in the intestines, where it’s needed, not the acidic stomach.
Hi Peter. PhysIQ ProBio is now called lifevantage ProBio. Do you still recommend that? the other probiotics mentioned in the book and on your website are discontinued unfortunately. So would lifevantage ProBio be a similar alternative? I’ve tried many probiotics and none seem to work as effectively. Please let me know thank you!
I’ve been using a variety of probiotics in the last couple years and found them to work well. Pick ones that bypass the acid in the stomach and are heat resistant and they should be fine.