Your digestive system is key to good health. All the vitamins and nutrients within your food are absorbed into your body via your digestive system, and you tend to miss out on the health benefits of what you are eating if your digestion isn’t working as it should.
But your gut controls more than your nutrient intake – it plays a pivotal role in your overall health.
Daily life can become miserable if there’s an imbalance of good and bad bacteria in your gut. “If something goes wrong inside your gut, it’s not as immediately obvious as a broken arm or a twisted ankle.” Lisa Richards, a nutritionist and creator of the Candida diet, told us.
“However, the activity within your gut is actually one of the most important factors affecting your long-term health. The microorganisms that live within your gut play a hugely important role in your digestion, your immune system, and even your mood.”
Conversely, undesirable microbes can cause a host of health complications. Under certain circumstances, bad bacteria can trigger problems like bloating, gas, and other digestive issues.
That’s where probiotics come in – they help balance out the bad bacteria and can, according to many studies, be helpful in a variety of conditions related to your stomach and intestines. We’ll talk about some of those studies in a few seconds.
But before we start, we need to make a quick disclaimer. As we talk to you about the benefits of probiotics, you’ll come across some hard-to-pronounce bacteria. These aren’t interchangeable with each other. You can think of each of these bacteria as a house within the probiotics neighborhood; all the houses are in the same community, but not all the houses are the same.