Probiotics: What do they actually do for gut health?

Ever bought a pack of yogurts at the store that was marketed as being a great source of probiotics? Probiotics are live microorganisms that can be found in cultured foods like yogurt, kefir, kombucha, sauerkraut, sourdough bread and many others. You may have heard that they’re good for your gut, but here’s what else you need to know.

What can probiotics do for your gut health?

  • Help build better immunity — The probiotics you consume can help build your immunity and protect you from bacterial infections in your body. They can help decrease the spread of bad bacteria through the body.
  • Decrease gut inflammation — Probiotics are what can help decrease the inflammation that may occur in the digestive system. Inflammation can occur in the gut barrier when there is an imbalance in good and bad gut bacteria, but with the help of some probiotic-rich foods, the inflammation can be reduced effectively.
  • Aid in digestion — Consuming foods that are high in probiotics is what can help your digestive system function properly. Not only can they help break down fibrous and starchy foods, but when combined with the benefits listed in the previous bullet points, they all contribute to better overall digestion. The digestive process can run more smoothly and efficiently when the bacteria are balanced in the gut.

If you’re contemplating the benefits of taking probiotic-rich foods, you should know that the benefits are numerous. They effectively contribute to your overall health by improving your body’s gut microbiome.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to Center for Digestive Health with any further questions!

Still wondering what other things you should know about digestive health services? Are you not sure why you might need care, or maybe you are looking for more information or have other digestive health questions? Please don’t wait to reach out to one of our team members for help. Our team of GI specialists has the training and experience to answer any questions you may have. They can also help you find the most effective treatments for your conditions and for common GI issues.

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