Probiotic literally means “for life” or “promoting life”.
Probiotics can give your immune system a real boost. Your body is filled with billions of different types of bacteria that help you to do everything from fight off infections to maintain healthy internal organs. Bacteria may have a negative connotation, but the truth is that you can actually stay healthy by putting the right types of bacteria into your body. This is one reason that probiotics have become a popular method of giving your immune system some extra help. Probiotics are good bacteria that act much like some of the same kinds of bacteria that you have in your body now. And while probiotics aren't as essential to your body as many of the vitamins and minerals that you need in your diet, there are some real good things that probiotics can do for you.
1. You'll boost your energy levels
The energy your body needs to operate comes mainly from food sources. So, anything that improves the efficiency of your digestive system is theoretically improving your ability to supply energy to your system.
2. You'll improve your mood
Probiotics synthesize B vitamins which are used to create serotonin, the ‘happy’ neurotransmitter in your brain. B vitamins are also give you energy.
3. Better able to absorb calcium
The beneficial microbes in probiotics enhance the absorption of calcium, magnesium and zinc. So if you’re taking a calcium supplement, you should consider taking a good probiotic as well, so that your body is best able to absorb it.
4. You’ll lose weight
The lactobacillus and bifidobacterium (the probiotics) use more calories to survive than pathogenic microbes (the bad bacteria in your gut). The pathogenic microbes also interfere with insulin signaling leading to increased fat mass. So making sure you have a healthy amount of probiotics with keep your gut balanced, and you’ll be able to maintain a healthy weight.
5. You can reduce food sensitivities
Probiotics improve the gut barrier function by creating fuel for the cells that line the GI tract. Without this fuel, these cells atrophy causing leaky gut. Once leaky gut is established, food sensitivities frequently develop. You can prevent and heal a leaky gut, by taking probiotics and maintaining a healthy diet.