Probiotics and Thyroid Health
Probiotics are one of the most common supplements I recommend to patients.
With their role in improving gut health and suppressing autoimmunity, probiotics can be an important supporting tool for your thyroid healing journey. Although fermented foods are an excellent dietary source of probiotics, most people don’t eat enough to rely on diet alone. That’s where a high-quality probiotic supplement comes in.
Today I’m sharing a comprehensive look at probiotics to help you cut through the overwhelming number of probiotic supplements available. I’m talking about food sources of probiotics, the conditions that probiotics can help with, what to look for in a probiotic supplement, the impact of probiotics on thyroid health, and more. Enjoy the episode!
During this episode, you’ll learn:
- What are probiotics?
- Probiotic species commonly used in supplements
- Traditional uses of probiotics
- Desirable characteristics of probiotics
- Understanding the differences between the genus, species, and strains
- Why it’s better to take probiotics of specific strains
- How probiotics work and the benefits of taking them
- Potential benefits of probiotics for thyroid health
- My experience with soil-based/spore-based probiotics
- Minimum effective dosage varies for different strains of probiotics
- The future of probiotics
- Safety and potential side effects of probiotics
- What to look for when choosing a probiotic supplement
- Why I recommend getting probiotics from both food and supplements
- My approach to rotating and refrigerating probiotics
Mentioned in the episode
- Recommended Supplements
- Save My Thyroid
- Episode 7: Graves’ Disease Triggers and the 5-R Protocol (learn more about the Triad of Autoimmunity)
- Q&A Episode: What are Th17 and Treg cells?
- Knezevic, Jovana et al. “Thyroid-Gut-Axis: How Does the Microbiota Influence Thyroid Function?.” Nutrients vol. 12,6 1769. 12 Jun. 2020
- Dr. Jason Hawrelak’s Website | ProbioticAdvisor.com
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