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Probiotics recommended to gastrointestinal issues, hormone imbalances

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Sat, December 1, 2018 | 03:11 pm
Probiotics recommended to gastrointestinal issues, hormone imbalances

In the modern workforce, long hours and inconsistent meal times can result in a slew of gastrointestinal issues, which then causes other problems, from weight gain to a decline in mental well-being. (Shutterstock/Nawadoln)

In the modern workforce, long hours and inconsistent meal times can result in a slew of gastrointestinal issues, which then causes other problems, from weight gain to a decline in mental well-being.

“Many aspects of the modern lifestyle, from the discovery of antibiotics to the use of pesticides and GMOs on our food, to the high stress environments we live in, affect the microbiome and have really put new stress on our gut barrier,” Vincent Pedre, medical director of Pedre Integrative Health and author of Happy Gut Vincent, told Vogue (https://www.vogue.com/article/best-probiotics-for-women-digestive-health-supplements-fermented-foods-drinks-kombucha-kefir-diet-exercise).

The consumption of probiotics is of the many answers to gastrointestinal issues and the unwanted inconveniences that follow.

“Probiotics are good bacteria that promote a healthy digestive system. They help combat harmful bacteria, aid in absorbing nutrients and proper digestion, promote a strong gut in lining, reduce infections and inflammation by enhancing the body’s immune system and optimize mood,” functional-medicine expert Frank Lipman told Vogue.

Subsequently, the rising consumption of probiotic products such as yogurt, Lactobacillus, kefir and kombucha signal that more people are struggling to overcome gastrointestinal issues.

Probiotics are also beneficial for women’s health. Garden of Life (https://www.gardenoflife.com/content/women-probiotics-not-just-digestion/) said the key to good digestion, immunity, balance of hormones, metabolism, detoxification and emotional stability was healthy gut bacteria.

“In my female patients, some of the benefits I’ve observed [from probiotics] are clearer skin, improved bowel movements, a reduction in bloating and less yeast overgrowth, which is what causes vaginal yeast infections,” said Pedre.

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While certain probiotics like kombucha are high in sugar and can be a food source for yeast, hence not recommended, women need to choose their probiotics wisely considering the bacteria contained in it.

Among options of probiotics available, the most ideal for women include Lactobacillus rhamnosus, which colonizes the intestine as well as the vagina, and improves mood, digestive health and a healthy body weight.

Lactobacillus gasseri has received a lot of attention these days because it helps maintain normal body weight, while Lactobacillus reuteri promotes gut health, thyroid health and produces vitamin B12. (acr/mut)

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