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    The benefits of probiotics (and 70 billion reasons to take them!)


    If you've read our previous blogs (if you haven't, you can here!) you'll know that imbalanced gut bacteria can have negative effects on your overall health. Well, you're about to learn about some more. But, as you read this ever-increasing list of symptoms, don't be too disheartened - remember, restoring balance is only a probiotic away! With the benefits of probiotics and a few more small lifestyle changes in your back pocket, you'll be well on your way to ridding yourself of these symptoms - which aren't as good smelling as ''flora' would suggest...

    Bad breath

    Remember the good bacteria (aka probiotics) and bad bacteria duking it out in your intestinal tract? Well, they're also present in your mouth. Just like in your intestinal tract, they're waging a constant war keeping each other in balance.

    When probiotics are thriving, no odour is created. But when harmful bacteria flourishes in the oral cavity, you might say hello to halitosis (aka bad breath) that smells like rotten eggs or rotten seaweed. Delightful.

    Skin problems

    Probiotics are true multi-taskers when it comes to your skin. They support skin's rejuvenation, strengthening, inflammation, and help heal scars and burns. Since chronic inflammation is tied to skin problems like acne, it's no wonder that a bacterial imbalance can make you break out.

    Studies have also shown that taking probiotics can help with other skin conditions like eczema, rosacea, and psoriasis. The scientists are on it, as topical probiotic creams are currently being researched and developed.

    Gastrointestinal issues

    Probiotics are essentially digestive superheros. Ideally, you would have millions of probiotics lining your intestinal tract, helping you digest food, preventing viruses from entering the bloodstream, stopping pathogens from leaving the gastrointestinal tract and getting into other organs, and making life-sustaining vitamins.

    So, it follows that when probiotics are low, you could suffer all kinds of unpleasant intestinal distress: diarrhea, constipation, nausea, bloating, gas, and heartburn. You might have tried generic antacids or over-the-counter stuff, which address the symptoms - but taking probiotics will address the root cause, leaving you with a balanced, happy belly.