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Probiotics are live microorganisms that can be consumed through fermented foods or supplements. Studies show that the balance or imbalance of bacteria in your digestive system is linked to overall health and disease. Probiotics promote a healthy balance of gut bacteria and have been linked to a wide range of health benefits.
A growing body of evidence also suggests that probiotics can play a role in improving digestion and decreasing bloating (particularly in those with gastrointestinal disorders), improving immune function, promoting healthy blood sugar, and fighting acne and skin inflammation. Some studies have even demonstrated a link between probiotics and mood disorders like depression.
Probiotics include “good” bacteria. These are live microorganisms that can provide health benefits when consumed. These benefits are thought to result from the ability of probiotics to restore the natural balance of gut bacteria.
An imbalance means there are too many bad bacteria and not enough good bacteria. It can happen due to illness, medication such as antibiotics, poor diet and more. Consequences can include digestive issues, allergies, mental health problems, obesity and more. Probiotics are usually found in fermented foods or taken as supplements. What’s more, they appear to be safe for most people.
Potential benefits of probiotics have been seen in the treatment or prevention of:
● Irritable bowel syndrome
● Ulcerative colitis
● Crohn's disease
● H. pylori (the cause of ulcers)
● Vaginal infections
● Urinary tract infections
● Recurrence of bladder cancer
● eczema in children.