What are probiotics?

Probiotics introduce positive, or beneficial, microbes back into the gut

There are trillions of microbes in your body and the majority of them are found in the gut – often referred to as the gut microbiome. Having a diversity of the right kind of microbes in the gut has been linked to many health benefits such as improved digestion, a healthy immune system, healthy skin and reduced risk of digestive issues and other diseases.

Probiotics introduce beneficial microbes back into the gut to increase the diversity of microbes and rebalance the microbiome. Because your gut health is critical to support your immune system, they also give you an immune boost. Probiotics can be taken as a supplement – like Bio-Live – or they can be eaten in probiotic foods like sauerkraut, tempeh and kimchi.

The most common groups of beneficial microbes in probiotics are Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium. Each of these groups of microbes has many different species which in turn has many different strains. Different probiotics address different health problems, but essentially, it’s the microbes that decide what your body needs for optimal health. 

An unbalanced gut microbiome has been linked to obesity, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, heart disease, colorectal cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and depression.

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