In the human gastrointestinal system are billions of bacteria and archaea that make up the gut flora, the gut biome. A probiotic is a food or supplement that contains beneficial microorganisms to repopulate the gut flora. Healthy gut flora is responsible for serotonin production, a chemical neurotransmitter that facilitates critical functions like mood, sleep, and metabolism. Additionally, between 70 and 80 percent of immune function is present in the gut.
The gut flora is a carefully regulated balance. When the harmony isn’t adequately maintained, it could lead to minor digestive complications, like diarrhea. If the gut biome gets unbalanced enough, it can lead to serious, life-threatening complications, like colorectal cancer.
It’s easy to throw the gut off balance. Eating refined sugars or processed foods can overstimulate the growth of detrimental bacteria.
When the gut flora isn’t adequately maintained, it can lead to a multitude of health challenges. Thankfully, taking probiotics is an easy and effective way to get your body back into balance. Stay informed: learn more about women’s probiotics and how they can lead to a road to better health in the visual deep dive below, courtesy of Nouri: