What are probiotics?
There are around 30 trillion human cells in any human body. The bacteria in our body surpass human cells by a ratio of 10 to 1. That means there are approximately 300 trillion bacteria in and on our bodies! Think of the Microbiome as a diverse community of microorganisms that work together to keep your body healthy. Many of these microbes reside in the gut, and while the majority are harmless, some are helpful, and others can cause disease.
Probiotics are living microorganisms that, when consumed, provide health benefits to the host. They are good bacteria that help keep your body healthy and working well. These good bacteria help you in many ways, including fighting off harmful bacteria when you have too much of them and helping you feel better. Their main job is to maintain a healthy balance in your body. When you are sick, pathogen bacteria enter your body and multiplicate. Good bacteria fight off the unhealthy bacteria and restore the balance within your body, making you feel better.
Indeed, good bacteria keep you healthy by supporting your immune function and controlling inflammation. Certain probiotic strains help your body digest food, absorb its nutrients, create vitamins, aid weight loss, and reduce belly fat. A few of them will help keep your heart healthy, reducing the severity of a few allergies and certain digestive disorders. Others, called Psychobiotics may help to improve mental health conditions, increase memory and cognitive functions, and assist with depression. Some probiotics have been shown to promote the production of natural antibodies, inhibit the growth of harmful gut bacteria, keeping your immune system strong and healthy.