What are Probiotics? (continued)

Bacteria have a nasty reputation for causing diseases, but studies have shown that many illnesses and conditions can be treated and even prevented with foods and supplements containing certain types of live bacteria. Probiotics, which means, “for life,” can be found in supplements and foods such as certain yogurts, cheeses, lactobacillus milk, kefir, sauerkraut or kimchi. These dietary probiotics are often suggested by doctors to aid in digestive problems.

Unfortunately, not all of the bacteria in your body are good for you. An imbalance of having too much of the “bad” and not enough of the “good” bacteria, or dysbiosis, may negatively impact your body’s systems, and may lead to weight gain, gastrointestinal disorders, skin conditions, brain fog, various chronic health conditions, and even your mental health.

In essence, Probiotics help to:

* Ensure harmful bacteria and microorganisms do not proliferate in your gut

* Aid in digestion and absorption of nutrients, vitamins and minerals

* Contribute to proper immune system function

* Maintain a proper pH balance

* Keep inflammation under control by producing anti-inflammatory compounds that fight off

other disease-causing microbes