Put simply; probiotics contain live organisms (bacteria) that can help stimulate and balance good bacteria in your gut.
The lining of our gut is full of microscopic bacteria and these organisms create a micro-ecosystem in the gut called the microbiome.
The key to a healthy microbiome is balancing the good bacteria in your gut. This can be achieved through a healthy balanced diet and lifestyle.
What we feed our microbiome, can have a direct effect on our health. However, it is important to understand that everyone’s microbiome is different and exists in a delicate balance.
Sometimes there can be an imbalance of this bacteria, due to different intrinsic and extrinsic factors such as; illness, overuse of antibiotics, irritable bowel disease, surgery, unhealthy diet etc, which can cause health problems.
A combination of prebiotics and probiotics can be used to balance the bacteria in the gut and to improve overall health.
Prebiotics help the microbes already there to grow by giving them healthy prebiotic foods and probiotics add living microbes directly to your system.
There are many reasons someone may want to take probiotics, as they are used both to treat health concerns and to prevent disease. If the bacteria in your gut becomes imbalanced, it can directly contribute to health problems and can even affect your mood and behaviour.
Different probiotics are used for specific strains of bacteria that directly add to the population of healthy microbes in your gut and what work for one person, may not be beneficial for another.
Taking them as a supplement or in food can help to promote a good balance of helpful bacteria in your gut.
When we eat or drink probiotics they compete for space and for food with potentially harmful bacteria, evicting them from our gut.
Probiotics also stimulate our own immune system to help it to fight infections better. For example, some studies have shown that they can make colds last for shorter lengths of time and improve your response to vaccines.
Probiotics can also help us to digest fibre from our diet. When they do this, probiotics produce acid compounds that keep the lining of our gut healthy.
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