The Health Benefits of Probiotics That You Can’t Live Without

The health benefits of probiotics are critical for you to be well. These benefits target your digestion and your immune systems, as well as others, which then affect the rest of your body and its genome. It's no wonder that your digestion and your immune system are so intricately tied because 70-80% of your immune system is in your intestines!

You can learn more about how probiotics work, what their benefits are, why you probably don't have enough, and what to do about it in my book, Probiotics: How to Use Them to Your Advantage.

You can learn about how probiotics may help your specific health condition at the bottom of this page.



Health Benefits of Probiotics

Probiotics don’t just live like couch potatoes inside you.

Probiotics have numerous benefits on your body, whereas not all species of flora in your microbiota do. According to some researchers, dysbiosis (meaning skewed microbiota) is “one important factor that can lead to conditions that promote disease such as obesity, diabetes, IBD, rheumatoid arthritis, and even MS, and leave a person susceptible to infection” (Reading, et. al).

You can read about the connection between genetics and probiotics on this page.

To be a probiotic, technically the microbes must be alive. However, sometimes they produce products which can benefit your health even if the microbes later die. For the most part, though, you want the microbes to be alive for maximum health benefits. More information on sources of probiotics can be found here.

Each type of probiotic has its special characteristics that make it beneficial.


Click on the links to the left under "Health Benefits", or on any links below, to learn about how probiotics can help in specific health conditions. Remember, probiotics and other beneficial microbes work better as part of your strategy to be well and prevent a health crisis, rather than to resolve a health issue once it is established.

For a discussion of antibiotics and their usage, please see this page.

 Benefits for Female Issues

Vaginitis - The cause of your vaginitis doesn't have to be a mystery.

Aerobic Vaginitis (AV) - A bacterial infection with vaginal discharge that is often mistaken for BV (bacterial vaginosis). Knowing the difference could mean being cured – or not.

Aerobic Vaginitis Symptoms and Treatment - How to know if you have this bacterial vaginal infection and what to do about it.

BV (Bacterial Vaginosis) - You could have it and not know it. Is it increasing your risk for infections, especially in pregnancy?

BV (Bacterial Vaginosis) Diagnosis - BV is a type of vaginitis that needs to be diagnosed by a healthcare practitioner, especially in pregnancy. Here is how it’s done.

Treatment of Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) - Conventional Treatment - What is the treatment of bacterial vaginosis? Are antibiotics such as clindamycin the answer?

Treatment of Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) with Probiotics - Can probiotics help with treatment of bacterial vaginosis?

Candidiasis (Vaginal Yeast Infections) - Is Candidiasis to blame for your vaginitis? Learn how to recognize the causes and symptoms of a vaginal yeast infection

Vaginal Yeast Infections Diagnosis - Vaginal yeast infection may or may not be easy. Here are things to consider before self-treating your vaginitis.

Yeast Infection Treatment - Vaginal, Conventional - Yeast infection treatment for the vagina depends of the type of yeast involved. Is it Candida? Learn about your options for relief of your vaginitis.

Yeast Infection Treatment - Vaginal, Probiotics - Yeast infection treatment and probiotics? How are they related? Do probiotics show promise for this type of vaginitis?

 Benefits for Digestion Issues


Constipation - Constipation is a regularity problem in the colon which limits bowel movements. Prevention is key.

Causes of Constipation -Know the causes of constipation so you can take preventative action before it becomes chronic constipation

Relief for Constipation - Conventional - Relief for constipation is big business since constipation problems affect nearly everyone at least once. Are constipation medications such as laxatives your only choice?

Probiotics for Constipation - Are probiotics for constipation a good choice? Or are laxatives your best bet?

Diarrhea - Anti-diarrheal medications can increase your risk of heart problems.

GERD -GERD is a Common Complaint with Indigestion. How Do You Get Heartburn?

GERD and Probiotics -Is There Help for GERD with Probiotics? Reflux affects a lot of people, and it’s important to know if probiotics can help.

GERD Symptoms - GERD Symptoms and Complications Involve More Than Indigestion and Heartburn

Antacids -Antacids like Tums are often used for GERD. Some people eat them like candy, figuring that they are helping their bones. Is this the best way to control stomach acid, reflux and indigestion?

H2 Blockers -H2 blockers such as Zantac or Pepcid are often used for GERD. Can they be used long-term to control stomach acid, reflux and indigestion? Here’s a look at these drugs.

Proton-pump Inhibitors - Proton pump inhibitors like Nexium or omeprazole (Prevacid) are often used for GERD. Is this the best way to control stomach acid, reflux and indigestion? Here’s a look at PPIs.

Indigestion - Indigestion is a cry from your body for help. Are you listening or just covering the symptoms with medications?

Necrotizing Enterocolitis - Necrotizing enterocolitis is a serious gastrointestinal tract disorder which can affect premature infants. Probiotics can help prevent it.

Benefits for Other Health Conditions

Acne - Acne is an imbalance from the inside out, so are antibiotic creams and pills the best choice?

Acne and Probiotics - Acne and probiotics may seem totally unrelated, but here's why they may make a perfect pairing for your gut health and breakouts.

Cholesterol - This probiotic is shown to help reduce LDL cholesterol.

Chronic kidney disease - Chronic kidney affects 1 in 3 Americans. Find out what you can do to care for your kidneys, including what probiotics may have to offer.

CKD

- Learn about the risk factors, early symptoms and assessment of chronic kidney disease.

Depression - Depression may have some of its roots in the gut. Probiotics may help.

Heart Disease and TMAO - Maybe the cause of heart diseases like atherosclerosis and myocardial infarction starts in your gut.

Insomnia - The inability to fall asleep or stay asleep can have disastrous consequences. "I can't sleep" is not an option.

Lavender oil - Lavender oil as Silexan helps with Generalized Anxiety Disorder

Lymphoma - Lymphoma is a scary disease. As with almost any cancer, the causes are multiple and varied. Probiotics may have a role in lymphoma prevention – that of a protective role against it.

NAFLD - Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease benefits from diet and lifestyle interventions, including probiotics.

Osteoporosis - Bone density is not the most important factor. This is.

Parkinson's Disease - Is there a link between the gut and Parkinson's?

TMAU (Trimethylaminuria) - The causes, types and triggers for this metabolic disorder characterized by body odor.

TMAU (Trimethylaminuria) - Can probiotics and dietary elimination help this FMO3 metabolic disorder?

Triclosan Toxicity - Learn about what the antibacterial chemical triclosan may be doing to you and your gut microbiome.



This page discusses side effects of probiotics.

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