Probiotics can help with leaky gut in seven ways. probiotic kroger

If you’ve ever tried to Google how probiotics help with leaky gut, you’ve probably come across papers that are so rich with science that they’re difficult to understand.

So, I’ve attempted to distill the complex data into easy-to-understand principles. As you can see, probiotics are incredible, especially when it comes to their potential to assist our gut health from a variety of perspectives. probioticseverything.comprobiotic kroger

1) Probiotics can help the ‘gatekeepers’ of your gut lining (a.k.a. Tight intersections)

This is critical since your tight junctions are the ones that determine whether or not anything should pass through the gut lining (and into your circulation). probioticseverything.comprobiotic kroger

Tight junctions allow molecules that are good (hello nutrients) to pass through while keeping molecules that are bad (hello undigested large food particles, toxins, and food allergens, among other things) out. probioticseverything.comprobiotic kroger

This method of selectively allowing access improves nutritional absorption. That’s wonderful.

Furthermore, by keeping toxins from passing through the skin and into the bloodstream, you can help to reduce needless immune responses and inflammation. It gets even better!

2) Probiotics can help keep harmful bacteria and yeast at bay.

This is significant because allowing too much harmful bacteria and yeast to proliferate can lead to increased inflammation and, as a result, leaky gut. Even better, probiotics can aid in the treatment of associated illnesses such as SIBO and candida. probioticseverything.comprobiotic kroger

So it’s no surprise that I imagine probiotics as miniature Gandalfs (from Lord of the Rings) scurrying around your intestines shrieking “Thou shall not pass!” at nasty bacteria. probioticseverything.comprobiotic kroger

Probiotics are increasingly being used to combat bad bacteria in other regions of the body, including your gums (periodontal disease), and they may even help prevent tooth decay.

3) Probiotics can assist us in breaking down and converting foods into nutrients.

This is a less direct digesting aid than, say, digestive enzymes, but it is still highly beneficial.

Some probiotics, for example, can produce exoenzymes that help break down proteins and improve amino acid absorption in the gut.

All of this assistance is beneficial since greater food breakdown reduces the number of big particles hitting our fragile gut lining.

4) Leaky gut signs have been proven to be reduced by probiotics!

Probiotics, best of all, don’t just sound fantastic on paper. Probiotics aid in the improvement of the gut’s mucosal barrier, hence minimizing leaky gut. probioticseverything.comprobiotic kroger

Perhaps the coolest thing about them is that probiotics have been shown in recent studies to significantly reduce markers of intestinal permeability!

For example, following 14 weeks of probiotic administration, zonulin levels in subjects’ feces were “substantially reduced” compared to those who didn’t take probiotics in this randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial (Int Soc Sports Nutr 2012). probioticseverything.comprobiotic kroger

Because lower zonulin levels indicate lower intestinal permeability, the findings suggest that probiotics can contribute to a healthy intestinal wall.

3 more ways probiotics can help with leaky gut

Probiotics can help with inflammatory mediator secretion. Which is similar to coordinating your emergency services so that everyone is on the same page and not all blaring their sirens at the same time, causing chaos. probioticseverything.comprobiotic kroger

Probiotics can help you produce more intestinal mucus (the protective layer that protects your gut lining and wall).

When fiber is broken down, probiotics can even help manage enzyme activity involved in the formation of beneficial short chain fatty acids like butyrate, which your gut loves because it reduces inflammation.

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