As consumers turn to supplements to improve their gut health, the probiotics industry is explodingSome people believe probiotics can help with everything from mental health to weight loss, but experts say the science is too new.That said, research has shown some health conditions may be improved by probiotic use. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below You've probably heard a ton about probiotics, a.k.a. the good-for-you bacteria that contributes to your overall gut health. In response to the craze, pharmacy and health food store shelves are exploding with probiotic supplements. But with so many options, how do you know which products work best? And do you even need to take probiotic supplements for overall gut health in the first place? What are probiotics?Simply put, probiotics are bacteria that are good for our bodies, especially our digestive systems. Good and bad bacteria are already in our guts, but probiotics help more of the good kind grow and prevent the bad kind from … [Read more...] about Do Probiotic Supplements Have Any Health Benefits?
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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: I've read some research that indicates one possible contributing factor to obesity is the balance of bacteria in a person's gut. In someone who is obese, is it possible to right that balance by taking a probiotic supplement, such as Lactobacillus gasseri, in conjunction with a balanced diet and exercise?ANSWER: It is true that the gut bacterial population in people who are obese is different from the population in people who are lean. Whether this difference contributed to obesity, however, or is a consequence of obesity is unknown. The research on this subject so far hasn't yielded clear answers. Although taking a probiotic is unlikely to cause harm, it may not help fight obesity.First and foremost, it's important to understand that weight gain is essentially a function of energy imbalance. You gain weight when you take in more calories than your body burns. And there is some evidence that bacteria in the gut play a role in how efficiently the body extracts energy … [Read more...] about Data murky when it comes to probiotics and weight loss
iStock.com/metamorworks Probiotics are one of the most widely researched natural products for gut health. But what does science say about the benefits of probiotics for women in particular? Probiotics are the good bacteria in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract designed to support your body’s immune system, absorb nutrients, and provide protection against digestive disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). However, the benefits of probiotics may go well beyond gut health, especially when it comes to women’s health. Probiotics may work specifically by restoring and maintaining the healthy composition of your gut biome. These are the trillions of microorganisms that inhabit your GI tract. Probiotics might also: Support the GI tract’s natural barriers against harmful pathogens (fungi, bacteria, viruses) Release byproducts that discourage damaging overgrowth Jumpstart your immune system response When it comes to probiotics for feminine health, research suggests the … [Read more...] about Benefits of Probiotics for Women: Can They Improve Feminine Health?
Getty Imagessveta_zarzamora A growing body of research suggests that gut health can impact overall well beingA new study in mice says that a common probiotic could prevent liver damage Large clinical trials are still needed to determine how probiotics could protect against liver damageThe liver is our largest internal organ and performs more than 500 functions to keep us alive and well, but that doesn’t seem to stop us from subjecting it to regular abuse. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Beer, late night pizza, and that morning-after Tylenol all wreak havoc on this vital organ. But new research offers up a possible weapon against damage: probiotics. You've probably heard about the link between probiotics and digestive health, but researchers from Emory University were inspired by studies indicating that a good gut can improve your heart and brain health, too. Curious as to whether probiotics could help another of our most important organs, they decided to test … [Read more...] about Probiotics Could Protect Your Poor Liver From Damage Caused by Drinking
InstagramInstagram.com/umnicola I started to hate my body in middle school. I'd never really focused on how small I was until a boy I liked in the sixth grade told me I was too skinny. From that point on, I was hugely insecure about my thin body. High school was the worst. I played basketball, and in addition to practice and games, my dad built a court in my backyard and a trainer would come over and we’d do tons of cardio and drills. I wanted to quit the sport so bad so I could gain weight. I had no boobs, no booty, and at 5’ 9", I felt like I looked like a walking stick. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below I wanted to gain weight so bad to look like a "real woman" and to be attractive to other people. Anything I could manipulate to make myself look bigger, I did. I would wear thick leggings—sometimes three pairs—underneath my pants, jeans, or shorts. That continued into college. I quit basketball going into college, but I developed a really weird … [Read more...] about ‘I Gained 22 Pounds And Feel Confident For The First Time In 13 Years’