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October 18, 2022 4 min read

By now you have probably heard the hype surrounding probiotics, but what can you actually expect from taking them?


When consuming probiotics, especially multi-strain supplements with a high CFU (colony forming units) count, we are adding billions of new probiotic bacteria to the gut which alter the state of the gut microbiome. Though introducing these new beneficial bacteria can significantly improve our gut health and overall health, what exactly does this mean and what should we expect?

 

1. Less digestive issues


First on the list without a doubt is the improvement in digestion which allows for less digestive issues such as:


  • Gas
  • Bloating
  • Constipation
  • Diarrea
  • Stomach pains
  • Acid reflux
  • Etc.

This is because as the new probiotic bacteria is being introduced to the system, it is helping to rebalance your gut microbiome by killing off the potential overgrowth of harmful bacteria that has been taking up space in your intestines. Without the presence of beneficial bacteria in the system, people can experience many of the digestive issues listed above as their gut may not have the proper resources to digest food efficiently as well as protect the body from toxins. As the microbiome finds its equilibrium with the consistent use of probiotics, people can expect to experience less digestive issues.


However, some people may experience an increase in digestive issues when first starting probiotics and though this can sound counter-productive, is completely normal, so let’s dive into why. We talk a lot about a healthy and balanced gut microbiome as well as the opposite which is known as gut dysbiosis, but these two states are going to look different for everybody. Two healthy people will have entirely different gut microbiomes and the same goes for two unhealthy people. Therefore, though these two terms are often generalized, making people feel like they sit in one or the other, there is absolutely no way to generalize people based on the state of their gut health as it is different for every single person, even identical twins will have different gut microbiomes.


All this to say, depending on what microbes you have present in your gut and which you are lacking, will greatly determine how your body reacts to a new dose of probiotic bacteria. A common reason why people experience discomfort when starting probiotics is because their gut is in a major drought of helpful bacteria, meaning more room for harmful bacteria to come in and take over. Thus, when the probiotic bacteria enter your system and make their way to the large intestine where they like to settle down, they need to essentially fight for their spot. This includes killing off a lot of the harmful bacteria and even though this is beneficial to us, it still causes disruption in the gut and takes time for your gut flora to re-adjust itself and get used to its new neighbors. 


This discomfort may present itself in the form of stomach pains, gas, changes in bowel movement, etc. but should only last a few weeks until your gut finds its new balance which at that point you can start to reap the benefits of these probiotic bacteria and with consistency will continue to see long-term improvements in your gut health. In the case that this discomfort period lasts longer than 3 weeks, it would be a good idea to get your gut checked as there may be an underlying issue at hand that needs more attention.



Other than better digestion, what else can you expect when taking a probiotic supplement?

 

2. Can repair the gut lining


This is beneficial to us in many ways and depending on the current state of your overall health, you can expect to notice numerous positive effects as these probiotic bacteria repair and strengthen your gut lining.


With someone dealing with a weak gut lining or even severe leaky gut, meaning their gut lining is compromised, allowing undigested food particles and toxins through the gut lining and into the bloodstream, may experience symptoms such as:


  • Chronic diarrhea, constipation, or bloating
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Skin problems, such as acne, rashes, or eczema
  • Joint pain
  • Widespread inflammation
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Anxiety / depression

Therefore, as these friendly gut bugs come in and start repairing the gut lining, people can start noticing an increase in energy, better sleep, clearer skin and even a boost in their immune health. We commonly make the mistake of viewing gut health as one system, completely unrelated to the rest of our body, but this is so far from the truth. Our gut is responsible for so much more than just digestion, it controls a large part of our immune system, regulates our hormones and is constantly speaking back and forth with our brain through our nervous system.


Meaning, if your gut is struggling, you’re going to experience way more than just some digestive issues. This is why we have made it our mission to provide high-quality probiotics to our customers helping them achieve optimal gut health which in turn can aid with many other health conditions that are directly related to the state of our gut health.


If you would like to check out our probiotic supplements and read more about how they can help you today, you can do so by heading to our products page or clicking here.





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