Inside every human’s intestines are more than 3.5 pounds of bacteria often called gut flora or a microbiome. This bacteria is essential to digestion and is a delicate ecosystem that is constantly changing. Probiotics are found in food that promote the health of this bacterial ecosystem. Probiotics maintain a healthy balance, aid in digestion, and support one’s immune system. Probiotics should be included in one’s diet especially if one is feeling discomfort in head, stomach, joints, etc. Foods that contain probiotics are supplements or fermented foods like yogurt. There are also prebiotics that feeds the gut flora to prepare the ecosystem for positive growth.
- Your gastrointestinal system is lined with microorganisms that are known as gut flora, microbiomes, or gut bacteria.
- Probiotics promote the growth of the healthy types of bacteria that can benefit you.
- In addition to aiding your digestion, probiotics can boost your immune system.
“To understand probiotics, it’s important to first understand what’s in your gut.”