You’ve no doubt heard about probiotics, they’ve been in the news many times over the last few years, but do you really know what they can do for you?
Probiotics are live bacteria that live in your stomach and help to maintain a healthy balance of intestinal flora. The word ‘bacteria’ is nothing to worry about here, as probiotics are good bacteria, and they do a lot of positive work for your overall health and wellbeing.
If you’re not taking probiotics currently, or you have no idea how to begin, it’s a good idea to start now. Of course, speak to your doctor before you begin taking any supplements, or changing your diet to increase your probiotic amount, but overall, there are many different supplements on the market you can look into. If you’d like some direction, check out this article from Minority Health, which identifies some of the best probiotic supplements for men.
If you’re not sure why you should be taking probiotics, let’s look at 5 surprising benefits of probiotics for men over 40 years of age.
Improved Gut Health
The main function of probiotics is to improve gut health, and that balance between good bacteria and bad bacteria is only part of the story. Probiotics also affect the nerve signals in the digestive system, which ensure the smooth passage of food throughout the intestines, without delay or blockages. When this smooth running occurs, there is less chance of undesirable symptoms, such as gas, bloating, diarrhea, or constipation.
Let’s face it, when your stomach is feeling less than it’s best, you’re feeling less than your best overall, so probiotics are fantastic for general gut health.
Helps With Conditions Such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Due to the overall improvement in gut health, conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disease, and other associated problems are reduced. Studies have shown that taking regular probiotic supplements or increasing your probiotic level in your diet, can help to reduce the effects of IBS overall.
Immune System Boost
By ensuring that a healthy balance between good bacteria and bad bacteria, you’re basically helping out your immune system. Studies have shown that probiotics can help your immune system become stronger overall.
You’re therefore going to be less susceptible to catching random viruses and bugs which might be doing the rounds, including less chance of being laid low with the common cold.
May Help to Reduce Anxiety and Depression Conditions
Whilst more research needs to go into this particular benefit, there is some suggestion that taking probiotics on a regular basis may help with anxiety and depression conditions, reducing the severity and overall effects.
May Help With Weight Loss and Lower Cholesterol Levels
Again, we need more studies on this one, but probiotics, when used with a healthy diet and lifestyle, can help you reduce your cholesterol levels overall, and help you lose weight. The most likely area for this weight to dapper from is the belly area, which helps to reduce many other health risks too.
Perhaps it’s time you started taking probiotics?