What’s all the buzz about probiotics lately? You have probably heard about probiotics or noticed them in foods, supplements, and drinks but what exactly do they do for us? Given the benefits that have been touted about probiotics and improved overall health, it’s time to “go with your gut”!
Research supports the importance of nourishing our gut and the health-promoting bacteria that live there. You’d be surprised to learn that most of the cells in our body are bacteria cells, outnumbering human cells by 10 to 1! Although that sounds gross, you don’t have to think of yourself as a walking petri dish. Due to their small size and weight, bacterial cells make up less than 3 percent of the body’s mass but they play a vital role in your health.
Our bodies are full of a balance of both friendly and not-so-friendly bacteria. When this balance is upset, probiotics can play a powerful role in restoring our internal ecosystem. Probiotics are the friendly bacteria that provide numerous health benefits to our gut.
Gut health influences our immune system, digestion, metabolism, and even how we think and feel! Did you know that almost 80% of our immune system is located in the gut?! When your gut is healthy, you have a larger proportion of the friendly bacteria supporting your digestive and immune systems, and you feel great!
Studies have shown that probiotics can:
- Improve protein absorption and utilization
- Boost immune health
- Decrease inflammation
- Decrease muscle soreness
- Speed up recovery time from exercise
- Improve symptoms of bloating and abdominal pain in people with or without digestive disorders
- Improve stool consistency and regularity
Another important part of your health is prebiotics. Prebiotics are indigestible fibers that feed and promote the growth of probiotics. Ultimately, prebiotics and probiotics work together to restore and improve your gut health. Foods that provide a combination of both (like Profile’s new line of protein shakes) are called synbiotics.
At Profile, we have been actively researching this area and investing in studies of gut health and probiotics. With all this great information and supporting research, we felt compelled to incorporate probiotics and prebiotics into our new Protein Shakes!
The strain of probiotics that we use in our shakes is one of the most highly-studied and research-backed strains on the market. It is an incredibly unique strain because it survives in food through the digestive system, which allows it to provide the maximum health benefits.
If you’re ready to experience the benefits of probiotics or just want to try one of our delicious new shake flavors, stop into your local Profile store to try a free sample!