Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that are integral to
digestion. Recent research links gut and brain function and suggests that
probiotics can influence weight, fat mass, and mood. The bacteria benefit the
intestine and a person’s general health, they could even help prevent or manage
obesity. And if you didn’t already need another reason to avoid sugar and fat,
a diet that is high in sugar and fat can alter the balance of bacteria in the
gut, reducing the number of good bacteria.
The benefits that they provide include:
• Energy for the gut wall and liver cells
• Specific fatty acids that have anti-cancer properties
• Regulating body weight
• Help With Your Skin’s Immune System
• Improve digestive functioning
• Help reduce cholesterol
New research is even starting to examine the role that gut bacteria might play in preserving the health of our arteries and that the bacteria in our guts hold the key to healthy aging. If you don’t want to add another supplement into your diet, try adding foods that already have probiotics in them like yogurt, kefir or pickles.