Why Probiotics May Be Worth It

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Probiotics are slowly becoming one of the most popular supplements in America.  Here’s a few good reasons why they may be worthy of consideration for some folks.



1. Probiotics Offset the Detrimental Effects of Antibiotics.

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Antibiotics are used to treat bacteria related illnesses and infections resulting from various causes such as tick bites, abscessed teeth, strep throat, etc.  But, once taken, they kill all forms of bacteria, including essential healthy bacteria of the gut, which can sap your energy and leave your digestive system in chaos. According to consumer reports, varying doses of good-for-you bacteria (probiotics) were linked with a 42 percent lower risk of antibiotic-associated diarrhea in a review of 63 studies in the May 9, 2012, Journal of the American Medical Association.

2. Probiotics Affect Brain Activity

A study shared by medpage today found that after 4 weeks of eating a probiotic-infused yogurt, normal volunteers showed a muted brain response in a region associated with stressful gut signaling compared to controls consuming yogurt without the probiotics or no product. This study demonstrates a link with emotional behavior and gut central signaling, which may play a role in mental health.  Since depression is so rampant in America, research related to the relationship of gut and brain health continue to grow.

3. Probiotics Decrease Anxiety and Depression

While some may dispute this claim, a study from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, shared how a team or researchers describe how mice given the probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus, showed signs of being less anxious and depressed and even had lowered levels of stress hormones.   This gives credence to the notion that probiotics may help alleviate anxiety and depression.

Key Take Away:

Based on my research and personal experiences, probiotics seem to offer many health benefits from digestive to mental health.  I personally take one periodically and have found it to be helpful.  If you’re considering taking probiotics, check out my article on them to learn more…click here.

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About Dave Barnas, M.S., CES, NASM-CPT

Dave is the true health guy. He is the founder and owner of True Health Unlimited, LLC, a personal health and fitness company in Tolland, CT & Wellness Writers, a subscription wellness newsletter service that incorporates live & virtual wellness workshops for companies across New England. Dave earned both a Bachelor's (1998) and Master's Degree (2000) in Nutritional Science from the University of Connecticut, and also holds certifications as a National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Personal Trainer, National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist, Aerobics and Fitness Association of America Group Instructor, and Nutrition Specialist. He's also the lead author for four published works. Dave has over 20 years of combined experience in nutrition counseling, dietary supplement advising, personal training, corrective exercise training, health coaching and public speaking. In addition, he's spent over 25 years studying spirituality, meditation, and personal growth strategies. Dave's clients are all ages: youth, college championship level athletes, folks in their retired years, and everywhere in between. He's worked with three of the nation's leading physicians as a dietary supplement advisor and been a guest lecturer at Harvard University, Yale University, UConn, St. Joseph College and various church groups, health clubs, and high schools. In 2013, he was invited to Whole Foods Market to share his Real Food Therapy Guide. And in 2015, Dave's funny "Snowga" (yoga in the snow) video caught the attention of The National Weather Channel, who aired it to shake off cabin fever and bring laughter. In 2016, Dave & Hollie (his wife) founded Wellness Writers and deliver evidence-based Wellness E-newsletters to spread a message of health and happiness to various businesses throughout the US. Dave currently serves as a personal trainer in Tolland as well as a wellness coach and writer for several businesses, gyms and wellness facilities throughout the US.

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