Probiotic seems to be a trendy term, nowadays – but is it worth all the hype?
Yes and no.
You might be thinking, “Well why is this woman writing this article if they’re not?”
Because I always promise to be 100 percent honest with you – and some probiotics for women, are a marketing scheme.
They seem to be remarkably promising, when, some companies are just trying to sell you a product – not a solution.
But hey! That’s why I’m here – to make sure you avoid those marketing traps and ensure you choose the probiotic that is right for you.
Here’s the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth:
Probiotics are incredibly beneficial for women when you know how to choose the one best for you and ensure that the supplement “checks” off some very important boxes.
This protects you from throwing your money away on useless supplements (which I unfortunately did for years – i.e. why I’m here to help you) and make sure you are getting the most bang for your buck.
Hang with me and I’ll show you:
- The importance of probiotics
- The benefits of incorporating probiotics
- How to include probiotics into your daily diet and routine
- How to choose the right probiotic for you
Let’s dive in!
What Is a Probiotic?
Our gut – a fancy term to describe the part of your digestive tract consisting of your stomach, small intestine, and large intestine – regulates SO many of our body’s functions.
For a quick snapshot, here’s a list of everything your gut regulates in the body:
❏ Healthy Digestion
❏ Weight management (and weight loss)
❏ Skin Health
❏ Nutrient Absorption
❏ Heart Health and Cholesterol Levels
❏ Brain Clarity and Mental Health
❏ Hunger and Appetite
❏ Bloating and Inflammation
❏ Chronic Illness
These functions are regulated by strains of beneficial gut bacteria.
Yep, you heard it right! While normally the word “bacteria” is something we grab the Lysol wipes for, there are beneficial strains of bacteria that make up our bodies – specifically, our digestive tract.
I’m talking trillions of strains of bacteria.
And it’s these beneficial gut microbes that perform those certain helpful tasks to regulate countless processes in your body.
But just as the case of good versus evil – the same applies here in your gut.
Bad bacteria are generated in your system from the typical modern western diet of processed and manufactured products by the food industry.
These unhealthy strains of bacteria are what cause you to feel sluggish, crave unhealthy foods, and decrease your overall gut health.
So it’s vital that we ensure the good strains of gut bacteria are replenished and present in our systems by being aware of our food choices, as well as incorporating probiotics – (supplements that are packed full with live strains of beneficial gut microbes, thus skyrocketing your gut health and helping to regulate all those bullet points found above.)
Why Are Probiotics Important for Women?
As mentioned above, it’s a war of good versus evil – but the truth is, the reason why so many people experience digestive distress, undesired weight gain, chronic inflammation, etc. (the list goes on and on for the negative side effects of poor gut health) is because of the world we live in today.
That statement sounds pretty hefty, but the US has been called “overfed and undernourished” and that label is unfortunately true.
If you go into a grocery store, there are aisles and aisles of PRODUCTS as opposed to real food.
This is because when the US experienced a population boom, around the time of the industrial revolution, we pulled together our resources (factories) to address the problem (lots of mouths to feed).
Farm to table has become farm – to factory – to table. And in the meantime, wholesome foods with real ingredients are becoming processed, which are harmful for our gut health – adding those bad bacterial strains into our digestive system.
This is why eating healthy makes you physically and mentally feel better, whereas unhealthier alternatives leave you feeling sluggish.
And none of this is your fault!
But we can choose to educate ourselves of the problem since it’s your health that is at stake.
Probiotics for Women: Benefits
You’ve probably picked up how helpful having a supplement that fills your body with beneficial strains of gut bacteria can be, but I wanted to provide you with a complete list of all the benefits.
By incorporating the right probiotic (stay tuned, I’ll tell you exactly how to choose one), you will reap the benefits of:
❏ Improve digestion
❏ Fight off strains of bad bacteria
❏ Reduce bloating and inflammation
❏ Promote weight loss by reducing fat storage
❏ Improve mental health
❏ Encourage balanced urological health (reduce yeast and urinary tract infections)
❏ Reduce allergies and sensitivities
❏ Create glowing, healthy skin
❏ Strengthen the immune system
❏ Suppress appetite and curb cravings
❏ Boost thyroid function
❏ Improve and stabilize moods
❏ Create balanced hormonal levels
❏ Skyrocket energy and increase metabolic rates
So, you might be going, “wait, how does one supplement do ALL those things?”
And that’s a great question!
I’ll remind you of how many aspects your gut controls and regulates in your body, so by restoring your digestive health, you thrive in multiple areas!
It felt like finding one of life’s greatest kept secrets – a central command center in your body that holds the key to most everything in your body.
And trust me, repairing your gut health feels amazing. You deserve that!
So let’s keep going.
How to Include Probiotics Into Your Daily Diet and Routine
As mentioned previously, probiotics are found in supplements, but also – healthy foods!
To reap the most benefits, you want to focus on incorporating anti-inflammatory, real ingredients into your everyday diet.
These are foods that not only provide the beneficial strains of gut bacteria to restore your digestive health but are also easy for your body to digest.
“Prebiotics” is also a term you may hear thrown around and are also found in both nourishing foods and supplements.
Prebiotics work by laying a strong foundation for the live strains of good gut bacteria to come in and flourish.
Think of prebiotics like gardening for your gut. I’m no green thumb but I know that you cannot simply stick Pinterest-worthy Petunias into the ground without the proper care (soil, water, sunlight, love, etc.).
Prebiotics for women work in the same way. They provide the “proper care” for the probiotics to come in and be able to thrive in your digestive tract.
Here’s a breakdown of the foods that are high in prebiotics and probiotics if you are interested in incorporating either into your daily diet and routine.
10 Prebiotic Rich Foods:
- Chicory Root
- Jerusalem Artichoke
- Dandelion Greens
- Jicama Root
10 Probiotic Rich Foods:
- Dark Chocolate
- Kombucha Tea
Now if you’re anything like me, looking at some of the foods on those lists has me asking myself:
🡆 What is that?
🡆 Do I eat it or drink it?
🡆 Where do I buy that?
🡆 Does it even taste good?
So the saving grace here are supplements, which extract the beneficial bacterial strains from many of those foods (and more) to create a simple additive to your daily routine.
But we must avoid marketing schemes and know how to chooses a probiotic that is best for our needs.
How to Choose the Right Probiotic for You
Not all probiotics are the same, and the labels on the bottles can be incredibly deceptive – making that certain product seem like the holy grail of probiotics.
But we will be the judge of that based on certain stipulations. To make this simple, I created a checklist for you.
❏ Make sure the probiotic contains LIVE strains of bacteria (many probiotics have “dead” strains, which then when added to your digestive tract do absolutely nothing. You need live strains that will continue to flourish your digestive tract with incredible benefits and more beneficial bacteria.)
❏ Expect to pay anywhere between $25-60/month for a good probiotic
❏ Read the reviews – it can be really helpful hearing other people’s experiences
❏ Probiotics for women are measured in CFU (colony forming units). Choose a probiotic that has at least 10 billion CFUs – less strains will simply not be as potent and beneficial (again, you want LIVE strains!)
❏ Has a diverse range of strains of bacteria (If you look at the nutrition label, you can see the scientific names of the strains. Make sure there are multiple strains since different strains will serve different purposes for your body.)
Thryve has a great selection that is more personal to you and your needs. The same strains of bacteria found in a probiotic to promote weight loss will be different than the strains of bacteria to increase immunity. They provide this selection and make choosing the probiotic simple for you.
What's Really Important Here
Probiotics are awesome – they really are. But if your gut is unhealthy (as most consumers of the modern western diet now are) then you have a bigger problem on your hands.
Poor gut health.
But the good news is, by restoring your gut health, you reap countless benefits (as mentioned above) while skyrocketing your overall quality of life (healthy & happy is my go-to motto).