Notice the men around you looking a little more hairy than normal? A mustache is definitely a conversation starter, and No Shave November, also known as Movember, is all about inspiring conversation about an important cause—men’s health awareness.
Movember has funded more than 1,000 projects for men’s health, spending millions to date for projects worldwide that research and support issues such as various health concerns, mental health, and physical inactivity while also helping those who are already suffering.
We’re so inspired by the Movember and No Shave November missions that we’re growing our ‘staches this month, too. Impassioned by improving human health naturally and educating others about the power of the microbiome, we’ve rounded up some common ways that probiotics can help support men’s health. Check them out below!
Probiotics and Men’s Health
First, let’s be clear: probiotics can support the health of anyone—young or old, male or female. Probiotics are simply good bacteria that naturally reside within your gut environment and help to keep you healthy.
As humans, we’re 90% microbial, which means that our microbes outnumber our human cells in a stunning ratio of 10:1. The careful balance of bacteria in your gut might not be something you think about frequently, but it makes a big difference and can affect almost every aspect of wellness—from energy to mental health and beyond. Probiotic supplements provide beneficial bacteria that can help you stay well so you can live your healthiest days by supporting the following:
• Digestive Health: According to 2010 digestive health statistics for the United States, 60-70 million people were affected by digestive distress—nearly three quarters of which were men. Unfortunately, many of the foods we eat, medicine we take, and other lifestyle factors can disrupt the balance of bacteria that help you feel your best.
A high-quality probiotic supplement can deliver the good guys to your GI tract, where billions of beneficial bacteria can help support all-around digestive health.
• Mental Health: Gut health is not only important to digestion and regularity, but it also affects all other supportive systems, especially the nervous and immune systems. You may be able to support your mood and overall energy by making simple lifestyle changes that include eating whole foods and using probiotics to keep your gut on track.
Medical and nutritional professionals have dubbed the gut as the “second brain” and here’s why: The stomach and intestines connect to the brain through the enteric nervous system (ENS), which is an offshoot of the autonomous nervous system, upon which we rely for our “fight or flight” instincts.
By “connect” we mean a two-way communication link. The ENS produces the neurotransmitters, or “brain chemicals,” dopamine and serotonin. We tend to attribute these hormones to the brain itself, but the GI tract actually makes most of our serotonin and at least half of our dopamine. If something impedes this process, it can then interfere with your mood and mental clarity.
Probiotic supplements can help you replenish your probiotic colonies in the gut, which in turn can help support your mental health and energy day to day.
• Heart Health: Many factors play into the health of the heart throughout men’s lives, especially when you consider that men are more likely to experience physical inactivity as they age and are also more likely to smoke cigarettes (as published by the Movember Impact Investment Strategy).
Diet, exercise, and family history play a fairly prominent role in heart health, and interestingly enough these factors can also influence whether or not our microbiomes are in good shape. According to a recent analysis published in the journal Hypertension, the microbes that reside within our bodies are interconnected, and probiotics can support your immune system and even your cardiovascular health, which is why a growing number of cardiologists are starting to recommend probiotics for a healthy heart.1
• Immune Health: 80% of the human immune system resides in the GI tract. And similar to our delicate gut environments, the immune system often gets thrown out of balance as well. Many aspects of our daily, modern lives can affect our immune function—from the natural aging process to pollution, stress, travel, the amount of sleep you get, and the foods that you're eating every day.
When the immune system gets worn down, overstimulated, or simply becomes unbalanced, chances are you’re going to notice. That’s why a balanced, resilient immune system is key to maintaining year-round wellness and vitality for the long haul. Taking a high-quality probiotic like Hyperbiotics Immune can support your immune system from the inside out.
• Bone Health: More than half of Americans are affected by some bone or joint condition, and research indicates that probiotics have the potential to support bone and joint strength as well as longevity. A 2013 study from the Michigan State University found that the probiotic strain Lactobacillus reuteri supported bone density in male mice, while also boosting antioxidants and helping to slow the oxidation (or breakdown) of bones.2
For men and women alike, probiotics can have a big impact in supporting our foundational health. Remember that not all probiotics are created equal. While you can find these naturally residing bacteria in many foods, a quality supplement taken daily (like PRO-Men) can offer more targeted and direct support for men's digestive, immune, heart, and bone health.
Want to participate in the Movember movement? Grab some probiotics, grow a little scruff, and donate to a few of the charities listed on Movember and No Shave November’s websites to promote men’s health this month.
1. Yang, T., Santisteban, M. M., Rodriguez, V., Li, E., Ahmari, N., Carvajal, J. M., . . . Mohamadzadeh, M. (2015). Gut Dysbiosis Is Linked to Hypertension. Hypertension,65(6), 1331-1340.
2. Mccabe, L. R., Irwin, R., Schaefer, L., & Britton, R. A. (2013). Probiotic use decreases intestinal inflammation and increases bone density in healthy male but not female mice. Journal of Cellular Physiology, 228(8), 1793-1798.
Julie Hays is the Communications Director here at Hyperbiotics. Health writer and mama of two little girls, Julie's on a mission to empower others to live lives free of the microbial depletion many of us face today. For more ideas on how you can maximize wellness and benefit from the power of probiotics, be sure to subscribe to our newsletter.
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