February 21st, 2017
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8 Signs You Need Probiotics (ASAP)

You’ve no doubt heard about probiotics at this point, but how do you really know if they are right for you?

As you may know, probiotics are the “good bacteria” that have been linked to everything from significant weight loss to improved immunity to better digestion and more.

And while we typically think of bacteria as being bad for us, the balance of “good” to “bad” bacteria in our digestive tracts (which number in the trillions by the way!) could be the key to improving our metabolism, immune system, mood and more.

We’ve laid out 8 of the most common signs you could use more probiotics. Some are straightforward while others you’d never expect. Read on to see if any of these apply to you!

8 signs you need probiotics ASAP:

1. You want or need to slim down

Did you know probiotics can help keep you lean and help you lose weight?

According to studies published in the British Journal of Nutrition, certain probiotics can help women lose weight and keep it off.

In fact, the study above showed that women who used a certain strain of probiotic lost TWICE as much weight as those who did not use the probiotic.

While scientists are still not 100% certain as to how this works, it is typically agreed that improving the balance of good to bad bacteria in the gut can promote a healthy metabolism and healthy weight.

Since most of us suffer from a poor balance of good to bad bacteria due to our food choices, stress, etc. we need to improve this balance by increasing the consumption of probiotics – both in our diet and via supplementation.

2. You’re constantly tired and hungry

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While it could just be a case of the Mondays, if you’re constantly suffering from low energy and cravings, it could be because your gut flora is out of balance.

Having a healthy balance of good bacteria in your digestive tract will ensure you’re properly digesting the nutrients you eat, decreasing cravings and improving your energy levels.

3. You eat too many fake sweeteners

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While you may love those fake sweeteners in your food because of their low or non-existent calorie content, they may actually be making you fat!

Studies suggest that fake sweeteners harm and alter the microbiotic community in your digestive tract, leading to metabolic issues like obesity and type-2 diabetes.

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4. You’re always getting sick

Are you known as the sick girl around the office? The one that always has an extra box of tissues and a small pharmacy in your desk drawer?

Even if you are just looking to boost your immune system, you may seriously benefit from a probiotic.

You see, up to 70% of your immune system cells are found in your digestive tract.

By promoting a healthy gut flora with a regular probiotic supplement, studies show you can bolster your immune system and potentially decrease the frequency and length of sicknesses.

Your local drug store is about to go out of business!

5. You got the B word (bloating) or other gastro intestinal troubles

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Got the dreaded bloat? Pooping not fun anymore?

Probiotic supplements can accelerate the healing of gastric ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, and other gut inflammation that occur from a lack of sufficient probiotics.

6. You suffer from anxieties, depression or have other mood issues

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It’s true what they say, a happy stomach means a happy person.

This may sound ridiculous, but more and more research is coming out demonstrating the connection between our mood, stress and certain psychological issues with the health of your gut flora.

You see, constant stress and mood impairments release cortisol, the stress hormone, which damages your gut flora and expose you to a host of health and wellness problems but physically and mentally.

Research suggests that in the general population, probiotic supplementation is beneficial in reducing anxiety and stress response, as well as improving mood in moderately stressed human subjects.

7. You have blood sugar issues or a family history of diabetes

In this day and age, blood sugar issues, diabetes and cardiovascular issues are not uncommon.

Part of this is due to the average American diet that’s high in sweeteners, fats and low in fiber which decimates the good bacteria in your gut and allow the bad bacteria to flourish.

Though if you have these issues, a change in lifestyle is necessary and healthy, including a probiotic supplement may have benefits in improving glucose metabolism, insulin resistance, prevention of diet-induced type-2 diabetes.

8. You’ve taken over the counter painkillers (NSAIDs) or prescribed antibiotics recently

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Have you recently been on prescribed antibiotics, or do you frequently take NSAIDs like aspirin or ibuprofen?

While these medicines can help kill bacterial infections (antibiotics) or reduce inflammation (NSAIDs), they can also harmfully alter your microbial flora in your digestive tract.

Make sure to eat plenty of probiotic foods and take a probiotic supplement regularly to protect yourself from the unintended consequences of NSAID and antibiotic use.

Next steps

PrettyFit Probio-30
We recommend a high-quality probiotic like our own PrettyFit Probio-30. It contains over 30 billion beneficial organisms in each serving.

Probio-30 also contains the strain of probiotic from the study published in the British Journal Of Nutrition that helped women lose TWICE as much weight compared to the control group who did not take the probiotic.

Lastly, your stomach acid is very good at what it does and many probiotics get burned up before they reach your lower intestines, where they do the most good. This makes most ordinary probiotic supplements a waste of money.

Probio-30 uses a patented DRcaps® delivery system to help probiotics reach the lower intestine instead of being burned up by stomach acid, making them more effective.

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Evan Clark

Evan Clark is a former wildland firefighter turned fitness pro (NSCA CPT). Though he loves his heavy squat and deadlift sessions, he believes that health and fitness extend well beyond the gym and that fitness should be a tool to promote mental health and lifestyle balance.

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