Think probiotics are only helpful for those with stomach or digestive issues? Think again. Experts say that 70% to 80% of our immune systems are located in the gut, so a healthy gastrointestinal tract is important not just for our digestive systems but for our overall health.
That is where probiotics can come into play. These live microorganisms, known as “good bacteria” may improve and maintain the health of your gut and therefore your health.
My son has a gastrointestinal disease and recently began taking a daily probiotic to restore his gut health. After learning about their potential benefits, I have begun taking one as well.
Probiotics may come in the form of tablets, powders, drinks, or in some fortified foods, such as yogurt. The most commonly used bacteria in probiotics are: lactobacillus, bifidobacterium, and saccharomyces boulardii. Probiotics are generally considered safe since the bacteria in probiotics are already present in small amounts in the body. With that said, it is still important to use a probiotic from a reputable manufacturer. You may wish to speak with your pharmacist and/or healthcare provider before starting on a probiotic.
The potential benefits of probiotics have become a hot topic for medical researchers. Evidence now suggests that you may be able to treat, prevent, or lessen the effects of some illnesses with daily probiotic use. Here are some of the other potential advantages of probiotics:
Please note that this post is intended to share information and ideas, as well as to create conversation. Please consult a medical professional before making changes to your lifestyle.