Did you know that not all probiotics are created equal?! Yea, our minds were pretty blown too when we learned that different probiotic strains benefit different body parts.
As you may already know, probiotics a.k.a. the good bacteria our bodies need, are essential for keeping your gut healthy;they help to keep your digestive system running smoothly by absorbing important nutrients as well as destroying harmful pathogens.
So what else do these friendly microorganism do?! Pretty much EVERYTHING. By maintaining a healthy gut flora, you’re creating an environment that allows your entire body to flourish. From healthy digestion to weight loss, brain function and even skin support, probiotics show your body nothing but love!
To get a better understanding of which probiotic will be the most beneficial to you, we’re breaking down the most common strains and what they’re good for that way you know what to look for when reading product labels.
Although two other health benefiting probiotics exist-Bifidobacterium and Saccharomyces, the Lactobacillus family seem to be the standard when it comes to benefiting various areas in the body.
This strain is hands down the most recognized when it comes to probiotics. These microbes not only help with relieving diarrhea and improving acne but they also help with treating and preventing vaginal infections by increasing the lactobacilli in the vagina in order to outnumber the harmful bacteria.
If losing weight is a goal or necessity of yours then this bacterial strain is what you should be looking for thanks to the fact that it helps to decrease the amount of fat and calories your gut absorbs. Lactobacillus Rhamnosus is also useful for protecting against cavities due to its antimicrobial properties that reduce bacterial growth and gum inflammation.
Also ideal for regulating diarrhea, lactobacillus casei, has been found to relieve symptoms of anxiety, depression, UTIs, acne and IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome.) This strain is also known for boosting immunity by inhibiting candida overgrowth!
Helping to reduce inflammation, this strain can suppress an inflammatory response in the gut therefore relieving bloating and abdominal pain. Another fun fact about this particular strain is that it produces its own antibiotics which specifically targets bad bacteria.
We could go on and on about all of the health benefits probiotics have to offer (did we mention this probiotic family can also aid in lowering blood pressure?!) but the important thing to know is that they are vital to keeping our bodies healthy in every way possible.
The best way to incorporate probiotics into your daily routine can be by eating a diet rich in fermented foods (yogurt, kimchi, sauerkraut, kombucha) or by taking a supplement.
Our Good Girl Probiotics not only include these 4 most common bacterial strains but they also contain 3 others (L.Salivarius, L.Brevis, L.Gasseri) which have beneficial effects on vaginal, digestive, immune,dental and endometrial health. They also contain 1 Billion CFUs (colony forming units) which is what you should be looking for when reading labels that way you know the probiotics will be potent.
For a thriving body, make it a habit to treat yourself to the good bacteria your body needs on the regular!