Probiotics are live microorganisms that provide health benefits to your gut health when consumed in adequate amounts. They can be found in various foods such as yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, and other fermented foods, as well as in dietary supplements.
Main benefits of probiotics.
The main benefit of probiotics is their ability to promote a healthy balance of gut bacteria. The gut microbiota, which refers to the trillions of bacteria and microorganisms that live in our digestive tract, plays a crucial role in our health. A balanced and diverse gut microbiota has been linked to improved immune function, better digestion, and a reduced risk of various diseases, including inflammatory bowel disease, allergies, and even mental health disorders like depression and anxiety. This in itself shows how important it is we get the balance right!
Research has shown that probiotics can help improve gut health and support a healthy balanced gut flora. For example, a study published in the journal Nutrients found that consuming a probiotic supplement for 8 weeks led to a significant increase in the abundance of beneficial bacteria in the gut.
Another study, published in the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology, found that probiotics can help reduce symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and improve overall gut function.
This is why it is so important to ensure your Gut digestive tract is healthy and fed the right healthy bacteria. This is important for babies to ensure they get a great start with their immunity and this follows through later in life for adults. However, it’s important to note that not all probiotics are created equal, and the specific strains of probiotics and the dose taken may impact their effectiveness. This is where discussing it with your chiropractor or health practitioner is best to help keep your gut healthy, so it can continue to digest your foods so that you have energy to be your best.