How Probiotics Boost Your Health: A Complete Guide


When you think of bacteria, negative thoughts generally come to mind, right? You usually think of sickness, disease, and germs. So we use a slew of antibacterial products to prevent us from all of these germs, like antibacterial soaps, body washes, wipes, creams, hand sanitizers, cleaners and more.

But the truth of the matter is that some bacteria is actually really beneficial to you, and you actually need good bacteria to support your body’s ability to function properly!

In this guide to probiotics, we will go over all of the information you need to know about these good guys.

What are Probiotics?

Probiotics are living microorganisms that line your digestive track and help your body to properly absorb nutrients. Think of these guys as a large army that fight against the bad guys to maintain peace and balance in your body. If your good bacteria or probiotics get reduced, your inner balance will be thrown off and the bad bacteria can take over.

Probiotics can be found naturally in your body, but due to a number of factors, the probiotics in your body can get reduced. And that is why many look to supplementing with probiotics to improve this good to bad ratio and help maintain your health.

Signs You Should Add Probiotics Into Your Life

Here are some signs that you should be taking a Probiotic:

You Have Digestive Issues

If you struggle with digestive issues like diarrhea, leaky gut, constipation or irritable bowel, you probably need probiotics! These could be signs of an unbalanced gut, which will make it harder to efficiently digest and absorb food.

You Suffer From Skin Conditions

If you have acne, rosacea, eczema, or dry skin this could be a sign of an imbalanced gut, and a sign that don’t have enough healthy bacteria in your system.

You’re Low on Energy

Energy, or the lack thereof, is a real concern for many. Did you know that digestion is one of the largest energy consumers in the body? Well it is, and when your gut is imbalanced it’s harder to digest food, causing you to use even MORE energy.

You’re Getting Sick Often

If you find yourself getting sick A LOT, or even just more than you should, add probiotics to the mix! Your gut bacteria has a large impact on how strong your immune system is. An imbalanced gut can make your immune system weaker.

You Suffer From Anxiety or Depression

Okay, so a balanced gut impacts a lot of different aspects of your body including your mood! Because 95% of serotonin is made in your gut, if you have an imbalanced gut you won’t have enough serotonin. And serotonin can improve your mood.

You’re Using Antibiotics or Have Used Them Recently (in the last 5 years)

Antibiotics help us when we have an infection, but did you know that antibiotics NOT ONLY work to kill the bad bacteria, they also kill the good bacteria?! If you are taking birth control, pain meds, and anti-inflammatories you should also consider taking probiotics asap.

You’re Not Eating Healthy

An unhealthy diet feeds bad bacteria and actually kills the good guys. If you’re diet is high in sugar and GMOs you should definitely consider supplementing with probiotics.

You Want To Stay Healthy

Even if you don’t experience any of the above, you can benefit from taking probiotics! The probiotic will keep everything functioning properly and will keep you healthier.

What are the Benefits?

Lindsey sleeping

So really probiotics benefit everyone! Not just people suffering from digestive issues, skin problems, or infection. The benefits of probiotics really are almost endless. But for now we will just list off some of the top benefits associated with them.

  • Aid in Weight Loss
  • Better Nutrient Absorption
  • Digestion
  • Prevent Infections
  • Even Out Good to Bad Bacteria Ratio
  • Fights off Pathogens
  • Boost Immune System
  • Improve Digestive Function
  • Fight Food-Borne Illness
  • Promote a Healthy Gut

Where Can You Get Them?

Probiotics can be found in many different foods and supplements. Some of the most common sources they can be found are as follows:

1. Kefir

This is a fermented dairy product that is rich in good bacteria as well as antioxidants.

2. Coconut Kefir

This is made by fermenting the juice of coconuts with kefir grains. Going dairy free, but want the probiotic benefits of kefir? Then this is your guy!

3. Kimchi

This is a fermented cabbage that is eaten with most meals in Korea. Along with being rich in beneficial bacteria, kimchi is also high in fiber, as well as vitamins A and C.

4. Sauerkraut

This is another fermented cabbage that is high in organic acids that support the growth of good bacteria. Along with being a good probiotic, sauerkraut is also rich in vitamin c and digestive enzymes.

5. Kombucha

This is a fermented tea that contains healthy bacteria and has been used for centuries.

6. Yogurt

I am sure that you have heard about the probiotic benefits associated with yogurt, but you actually need to be really careful about which yogurt you choose to make sure you are getting the benefits from your yogurt.

Look for the words “live and active cultures” on the container, as that means that it will contain the good bacteria. As some companies put yogurt through a post-pasteurization process that kills bacteria.

7. Supplements

There are many supplements out there that contain a lot of the strains of good bacteria. But know that not all supplements are treated equally, so do your research before purchasing a probiotic supplement.

8. Miso

Miso soup anyone!? Miso soup is a probiotic-rich soup that is often used as a digestive regulator.

9. Tempeh

This is a fermented grain made from soybeans that is rich in probiotics and is a great source of vitamin B12.

How to Make the Most of Probiotics?

There are things that you can and should do to get the most bang for your buck. For probiotics to do their job you need to optimize the conditions where they live so that the can flourish.

You can do this by eating clean. Processed and sugary foods actually attract the bad guys, and will nourish potentially harmful bacteria; while healthy eating will support the growth of good bacteria. Consume a diet rich in protein, healthy fats, fiber, and complex carbs.

Living a healthy lifestyle will allow these guys to flourish. My 15 Day Challenge will help you to create and keep healthy habits.

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Beneficial Probiotic Strains

Now we’ll talk about some of the most beneficial probiotic strains, that you should look for when choosing an effective probiotic supplement. And bonus, all of these probiotic strains can be found in IdealLean Nighttime Probiotic.

Lactobacillus Plantarum
Try to say that one five times, fast. The name may be tricky, but L. Plantarum is no joke. This form of good bacteria promotes normal digestive health, and maintains the integrity of your intestinal lining. Think of L. Plantarum as the good guy that prevent the bad guys (the dangerous bacteria) from entering your bloodstream and penetrating the lining of your intestines.

But more than just that, it can also be used to address digestive distress. Basically it is a bad a$$ probiotic that supports healthy immune functions in adults.

Lactobacillus Gasseri
This probiotic has the most promising results for fat loss, as shown by this study. L. Gasseri also promotes normal vaginal health in women, as women with lower levels of this probiotic generally have more vaginal discomfort.

Lactobacillus Acidophilus
You guessed it… another good bacteria! This one colonizes in the small intestine where it helps to maintain the integrity of the intestinal wall, ensure proper nutrient absorption, and support healthy overall digestion.

Lactobacillus Fermentum
This strain produces superoxide dismutase and glutathione… translation: powerful antioxidants. Those antioxidants help neutralize some toxic products that are made in the gut during digestion that cause inflammation.

Lactobacillus Rhamnosus
This good bacteria is known for its ability to survive passage through the GI tract, and promotes vaginal health. Like Lactobacillus Gasseri, L. Rhamnosus also shows anti-obesity effects as proven in this study.

Bifidobacterium Longum
This is one of the most common strains found in the GI Tract, and works to support liver function, remove lead and heavy metals, and reduces inflammation.

Bifidobacterium Bifidum
This is the most dominant probiotic in the large intestine and supports the production of vitamin in the gut, prevents diarrhea, inhibits harmful bacteria, and supports your immune system response.

Why IdealLean Probiotics?

At IdealFit we research every ingredient that goes into our products, and we stand behind everything we do. And that’s no exception here either. IdealLean Nighttime Probiotic contains natural herbs, prebiotic fiber, seven probiotic cultures, and contains a natural calming sleep blend to promote a good night’s sleep. It is also designed for women, and will help to boost your immunity, fight infection, absorb nutrients, and aids in digestion and weight loss.

Get your best night’s sleep while boosting your body’s natural balance.

What Makes IdealLean Nighttime Probiotic Different?

Lindsey with probiotic under the covers

It’s Symbiotic

This means that it has both a probiotic AND a prebiotic which work together to aid gut health. Our probiotic contains a prebiotic fiber called fructo-oligosaccharides, that has a prebiotic effects which improves mineral absorption and stimulates the growth of non-pathogenic intestinal microflora (harmless bacteria that play positive roles in the functioning of the body). That fiber also feeds the probiotics so they can work their best.

It Contains a Sleep Blend

Our probiotic contains a sleep blend that will help you relax and calm down in order to get a better night’s sleep. The ingredients that help with that: chamomile, l-theanine, and valerian root.

Chamomile Flower Extract has a lot of health benefits, one of which is helping to improve the quality of your sleep. Chamomile is often used as a mild sedative to calm nerves and reduce anxiety, treat insomnia and other sleep problems.

L-Theanine is used as a relaxing agent, that creates a sedative feeling. And has also been shown to help with sleeping disorders attributed to ADHD and anxiety.

Valerian Root relaxes the central nervous system and the smooth muscle groups. It has often been used as a treatment for insomnia as it produces a sedative effect without creating a hangover effect. Valerian root is a gentle relaxant and an effective sleep aid.

It’s Designed For Women

Our probiotic supports vaginal health, which obviously benefits women. Some of the probiotics that help with that: Lactobacillus Rhamnosus and Lactobacillus Gasseri.

It Supports a Healthy Bowel

Excuse me for a minute while I talk potty talk. IdealLean Nighttime Probiotic also contains diuretics that will promote a healthy bowel.

Dandelion with the leaves, root and flowers

Dandelion Root supports your body’s natural immune response and helps stimulate bile production which will transport toxins out of the body.

Hawthorn Berry slows triglyceride and glucose absorption in the body which accelerates gastrointestinal transit. It also has a powerful anti-inflammatory effect.

Horsetail Extract is a diuretic that helps to rid the body of excess fluid by increasing urine output and can be used to help with UTIs and kidney stones.

When and How Often You Can Take It

You should either take our probiotic before bed or first thing in the morning on an empty stomach.

Even though there are ingredients in it that will help promote a better night’s sleep, taking them in the morning is also an option because those ingredients are designed to relax, not sedate. So you won’t have to worry about falling to sleep driving to work, or carpooling the kids to school.

You should also take three capsules together to receive the full dose of active ingredients.

Putting the Pro in Probiotics

Let’s face it, our bodies have been through A LOT in our lifetimes. They have been beaten, bruised, experienced sickness, pain, environmental factors, and maybe just a little too much sugar (or a lot).

It’s time to restore our bodies natural balance, and reap the benefits of better digestion, a stronger immune system, weight loss, and a better night’s sleep.

Sleep well, my friends.

Lindsey Mathews

Lindsey Mathews

Head Trainer & Nutritionist

Lindsey Mathews is the Head Trainer and Nutritionist at IdealFit. She is a NSCA-CSCS certified personal trainer, C-ISSN certified sports nutritionist, Pn. 1 certified nutrition coach, and a nationally qualified NPC bikini competitor. Before joining IdealFit, she ran the largest boot camp program in Utah County.

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