By Dr Nina Lange
Why probiotics? There are so many reasons we prescribe probiotics to populate the digestive system with good bacteria. Here is a list of just some of what they can do for you. Make sure you use good quality probiotics both in supplement and food sources.
*Improves the integrity of the intestines which in turn improves absorption of nutrients from food you eat.
*Outcompetes yeast and harmful bacteria so it naturally helps to get rid of problematic overgrowth of these organisms that can cause yeast infections, gas, bloating, diarrhea and constipation.
*adequate levels of beneficial bacteria in the colon prevent the reabsorption of harmful estrogens and toxins
* a healthy gut can produce proper levels of certain antibodies that are required for better immune system function
* Help control appetite by increasing hormones leptin and grehlin that make us feel satiated.
*Decrease cortisol (adrenal stress hormone) and inflammatory cytokines(inflammation) in the body
*new research shows that various strains of probiotics have an effect on different neurotransmitters such as serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine.
Lactobacillus and bifidobacterium can secrete GABA. A deficiency in GABA is linked to depression, insomnia and anxiety.
Bifidobacterium infantis releases serotonin, the feel-good hormone
Lactobacillus reuteri increase oxytocin, which improves overall mood, appearance and feeling good.
Lactobacillus acidophilus increases canabinoid receptors in the spinal cord which help to regulate pain
* Probiotics populate the vaginal canal and assist in innoculating the baby’s gut as it descends during the birth process.