Posted by Brooke Tilson on May 29th 2019
If you’ve visited any health & wellness website recently you’ve probably heard health fanatics obsess over the benefits of probiotics (and if you haven’t, check out our quick guide to probiotics. Chances are, most of these benefits centered around gut health: improved digestion, flatter stomachs, and detoxification. While all of these benefits are critical, there are a myriad of less-commonly known benefits that deserve serious attention as well. Top on this list are improved mental health and hangover relief.
1. Improved Mental Health
While consuming probiotics is by no means a direct pathway to happiness, the two may be much more related than you think. Biochemical signaling forms a connection between the brain and the body along the vagus nerve, the longest nerve in the human body.  This connection essentially causes the gut to feel the same way the brain is feeling and vice versa. Knowing this, it makes sense that a hefty dose of probiotics would leave both the mind and the gut feeling great!
Though we don’t know the full extent of this correlation as research is still ongoing, initial research findings have been quite promising: 8 out of 10 studies found improvements in mental health (such as less anxiety, less depression, and improved cognition) after probiotic consumption.  While we can’t claim any definitive results or recommendations yet, we can confidently say that daily probiotic consumption holds the power to improving your mental well-being.
2. Hangover Relief
We’ve all been there – we wake up with a pounding headache from one too many drinks the night before. I’m sure many of us have tried the classic “hangover remedies:” greasy food, caffeine, and maybe even “hair of the dog.” Chances are these methods weren’t too effective. Lucky for you, science has found a new potential hangover cure: probiotics.
The best way to fix a hangover is to prevent it from happening in the first place. Hydrate and consume plenty of probiotics before you start drinking (That’s it Probiotic Bars are the perfect portable pre-imbibing snack!). Consuming probiotics before drinking helps your body metabolize and usher acetaldehyde—the compound in alcohol responsible for your hangover—out of your system before the symptoms even begin. 
Forgot to consume your probiotics bar before drinking? No worries! Probiotics can also help once the damage has already been done. When we drink alcohol, the naturally occurring bacteria and yeast in your gut become thrown out of balance, but consuming probiotics can greatly help to re-balance your gut and alleviate hangover symptoms like nausea.