Must-Know Facts About Probiotics


Probiotics are important to our health, so the more we know about them, the better.


Gut health is a very important part of overall health, and even though it isn’t the most enticing topic to discuss, gut health relies heavily on the existence of ‘healthy bacteria’ called probiotics.

Probiotics can be found in yogurt, fermented foods, or supplements, but they are integral to maintaining a healthy digestive tract. So here are a few little known facts about probiotics so you have a better understanding of how this beneficial bacteria should fit into your life.

Probiotics are actually alive. The word probiotic means ‘live bacteria’ so whether you realize it or not, in order for the probiotics to have a health benefit for you, they must be alive when consumed.

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There are 100 trillion bacteria living within and without our bodies. At any given moment, any person can have up to 1,000 different strains of bacteria in their gut and on their skin.

Eating live micro-organisms for health isn’t a new science. People have been using probiotics for digestion and food preservation for over a century.

Probiotics are good for immunity. 70% of your immune system is in your digestive tract, and probiotics play a huge part in keeping that part of your body healthy.

All in all, the science behind probiotics is pretty solid, so if you are having issues in your gut, or are concerned about your immune system, consuming more probiotics might be the answer you’re looking for.

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Published by karenmsutton

HSS Orthopaedic surgeon in sports medicine | Mother of 4 amazing children | Team physician for USA Women's Lacrosse | ACL injury expert

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