While a healthy, fibre-rich diet and exercise are the best place to start, probiotics can also be a useful tool in helping to maintain a balanced gut flora.
A probiotic is defined as a live organism, bacteria or yeast which promotes health.
You might know them by common names like Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium and have probably seen or heard of them in capsule or powder form.
Probiotics have been shown to have an antimicrobial effect in the gut while also promoting immune modulation, can help to support gut barrier function and may help to reduce allergic and inflammatory responses while at the same time improving resistance to pathogens.
Taking a probiotic is as easy as popping a pill but here are seven myths about these powerful micro organisms, debunked.
- I should only use them when I have an upset stomach
- They didn’t fix my issues, therefore they don’t work
- They cancel out your antibiotics
- All probiotics are created equal
- Their benefits are just for the gut
- Numbers don’t matter
- They’re just for adults
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