During Week 3 of your Pure 21 Wellness Challenge journey, you take the Daily Probiotic supplement after breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The purpose of Week 3 is to revitalize your new digestive system. So how does the Daily Probiotic factor into this revitalization and what even is a probiotic? We’ll tackle these questions below to help you gain some valuable insight into how the Daily Probiotic can help improve your daily life.
What are Probiotics?
Probiotics are bacteria and/or yeast that live in your body and are good for you! As we all know, there are innumerable bacteria in our body at any given time. Not all bacteria are harmful, despite the slander they receive in the media. There are always good and bad bacteria living in your gut. Probiotics (good bacteria) help to break down/fight the bad bacteria to keep you feeling well. However, not all good bacteria can be considered probiotics. For something to be considered a probiotic, it must be able to:
- Be isolated from a human
- Survive in your intestine after ingestion (being eaten)
- Provide a proven benefit to you
- Be safely consumed
While there are foods that naturally contain probiotics, it can be difficult to consume the proper amount for the good bacteria in your gut to outnumber the bad. Foods that are high in probiotics are yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, tempeh, and kimchi. However, supplementing your daily probiotic intake with our Daily Probiotic may be an easier way to keep your gut health balance in check. Having a healthy balance of gut bacteria has been linked to enhanced immune function, weight loss, improved digestion, and healthier skin!
NOTE: Probiotics are not to be confused with prebiotics. Prebiotics are carbs that help feed the healthy bacteria (probiotics) already in your gut!
5 Benefits of Probiotics
Now that we know what probiotics are, let’s dive into what probiotics do, and specifically how they can improve your day-to-day life.
- Keep you from getting/feeling sick
When you get sick or start feeling sick, it is partially because the bad bacteria in your gut outnumber the good bacteria. Therefore, adding extra probiotics (good bacteria) via our Daily Probiotic supplement can help restore balance to your gut. Taking probiotics preventatively can help keep you from getting sick, though you can also take them reactively to help fight off infection. As part of the Pure 21 Wellness Challenge, taking our Daily Probiotic is intended to be a preventative measure, helping to ensure that your digestive tract is full of good bacteria to keep you feeling healthy! Plus, as you add carbs back into your diet in Week 3, you will have some extra prebiotics to feed those extra probiotics!
- Help you digest food effectively
Many stomach issues stem from ineffective digestion. Probiotics have been found to help people with diarrhea, constipation, gas, cramping, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and lactose intolerance. Because probiotics can help your system more quickly and better digest the food you consume, you are likely to find relief from these symptoms while taking Daily Probiotic. Research suggests that different strains of probiotics are effective for different symptoms. The great thing about our Daily Probiotic is that the formula includes 10 strains of probiotics, so you don’t have to toy around with different formulas, brands, and strains. We’ve got all sides covered all in one place!
- Create vitamins
The human body cannot create many vitamins, which is why we have to get many of them from our food or other supplemental sources, like pills (if you’re B12 or iron deficient, you know what I mean). However, the human body can create some vitamins via probiotics. Probiotics have been found to create vitamin K and vitamin B. Vitamin K plays an important role in blood clotting, which prevents your body from bleeding too much when you get cut. Plus, vitamin K also helps with reinforcing bone structure and healing wounds!
Meanwhile, B vitamins play a vital role in maintaining your health. They help support or promote cell function, energy levels, brain function, good digestion, healthy appetite, and more! All this to say, probiotics not only help your body by introducing good bacteria, but they can also help your body produce helpful vitamins that will keep you healthy.
- Help keep bad bacteria out of your blood
As we talked about, good bacteria, or probiotics, help fight off bad bacteria in your gut. The same is true with bad bacteria trying to enter your blood. The probiotics will help fend off these bad bacteria in your blood, which can be responsible for blood poisoning or sepsis.
- Break down and absorb medications
Most of the time when you get sick, your doctor prescribes an antibiotic to fight off the infection. While antibiotics are certainly effective at killing off the bad bacteria causing you to feel sick, they do not differentiate between good and bad bacteria when it comes time to wage war in your gut. Therefore, taking antibiotics also kills off the good bacteria you’ve built up! Taking a probiotic supplement to add extra good bacteria to your gut after taking antibiotics is a great way to restore balance to your gut health.
These are all the reasons taking our Daily Probiotic supplement can improve your daily life. As you enter Week 3 and beyond, be sure to track the differences you feel while taking the Daily Probiotic supplement! We look forward to hearing about all your experiences and changes that you see in your body.