Probiotics are extremely popular. In fact, probiotic supplements are some of the most consumed supplements in the United States!
But what exactly are probiotics?
Probiotics are actually live microorganisms that are renowned for their health benefits. They can be found naturally in yogurt and other fermented foods, but they can also be added to a variety of products like drinks, skin care, makeup, and, of course, supplements.
There are many different strains of probiotics which can target different health benefits. According to Healthline, two of the most popular strains are Lactobacillus and Bifidobacteria.
What do they do?
Your gut plays host to a complex system of bacteria, microorganisms, fungi, and viruses. This system is called the microbiome. The microbiome is responsible for creating vitamins, transforming fibers, stimulating the immune system, and more.
The microbiome is crucial for overall wellness but can be put off balance very easily. When the microbiome is unbalanced it may contribute to diseases like obesity, cancer, heart disease, and depression.
This is where probiotics come in. Probiotics can be supplemented to help restore balance to the microbiome, ensuring it functions properly to support your body and overall health.
Health Benefits of Probiotics
Probiotics have also been studied for the effects on the digestive system. In some cases, people struggling with indigestion, IBS, or lactose intolerance, have found relief by adding probiotics to their routine.
Potential benefits of taking probiotics:
- Promotes a healthy microbiome
- Provides digestive balance
- Relieves stomach cramps
- Stops bloating and gas
- Softens stool and eliminates constipation
- Protects the body from infection
- Maximizes nutrient absorption
How do I add probiotics to my diet?
One of the easiest ways to supplement probiotics is using VIIVA’s p3 Probiotics. p3 Probiotics is a powder in a single-serve packet that can be poured directly into the mouth or added into your drink, smoothie, or yogurt.
It is made with three strains of probiotics:
- Bifidobacterium animalis 12
- Lactobacillus acidophilus 5
- Lactobacillus rhamnosus PB01
Each probiotic packet contains 2 billion CFUs to help regulate your digestion and provide balance to your microbiome. To help put that number into perspective, you would have to eat over TEN cups of yogurt to get the total amount of probiotics found in one p3 Probiotics packet.
In conclusion, here is reminder of what the pros of probiotics are:
- A balanced gut and microbiome
- Healthier digestion
- Lower risk of disease
Ready to get on the probiotic train today? Let us know about your experience with probiotics in the comments below!
Meet the Author: Hanna is the Communications Coordinator at VIIVA. She recently graduated summa cum laude from Southern Oregon University and now lives in Portland with her family. Her favorite hobbies include reading and singing, and her favorite VIIVA product is the Chocolate Organic Plant Base!