The Benefits of Probiotics for Your Health

Happy Motivational Monday, Mommas!

Today, I’ll be tackling a HOT topic that has risen within our Blossom After Baby community. If you guessed it by the title, YOU ARE RIGHT. We’re chatting all things PROBIOTICS and your health. We’ll go over a few basic facts and then discuss WHY probiotics are so important for your overall wellness and vitality. Listen in on this EDUCATIONAL Podcast on The Blossoming Mommy and Baby Show HERE and don’t forget to download and subscribe to the show on your Podcast app! Now, onto the message!

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The Benefits of Probiotics for Your Health 

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What are probiotics?

According to a publication from The National Center for Complimentary and  Integrative Health,  “Probiotics are live microorganisms that are intended to have health benefits.” So, Mommas- we know that probiotics are GOOD bacteria that help to facilitate healing and balance within the gut- where most of our bacteria resides. The article goes on to say, “…bacteria that are normally present in our intestines help digest food, destroy disease-causing microorganisms, and produce vitamins. Large numbers of microorganisms live on and in our bodies. In fact, microorganisms in the human body outnumber human cells by 10 to 1. Many of the microorganisms in probiotic products are the same as or similar to microorganisms that naturally live in our bodies.”(Resource 1) 

BOTTOM LINE: Probiotics help our GUT health- where the majority of our immune system resides.

Why should I take them?

  • Improves digestion

  • Combats IBD and IBS (Inflammatory bowel disease + Irritable bowel syndrome)

  • Enhances immune system

  • Urinary and vaginal health

  • Helps to combat diarrhea from antibiotics or viruses, bacteria, and parasites.

  • Skin health

  • Oral Health

  • AND MORE!

  • (Resource 23)

Mommy Question 1: What brand should I take?

Great question, Mom! Inside Blossom After Baby AND our Pregnancy Prep Program, I constantly teach on the importance of SELF-ADVOCACY. So, that being said, I can’t tell you which brand you should and shouldn’t take. But what I can tell you to do is do your research. Look for brands that have the right line of bacteria, are natural, and have a proven record. Also, understand this simple fact: Not all brand will be equal. I’ve linked some helpful articles below to help you decide with your doctor which brand may be best for you and your health:

Mommy Question 2: What are your favorites?

Mommy Question 3: Where else can you find probiotics?

  • A few options include:

Mommy Medical Disclaimer: Not all probiotics are created equal. Make sure you are working with your doctor to determine if probiotics are right for you, are safe for you, and are a good choice. This article and podcast should NEVER take place over medical professional advice from your doctor or medical provider.

In Love and Health,

Jennifer
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Resources:

  1. https://nccih.nih.gov/health/probiotics/introduction.htm#hed2

  2. http://cdrf.org/home/checkoff-investments/usprobiotics/

  3. http://www.webmd.com/digestive-disorders/features/what-are-probiotics#1