Gut health can affect everything from mental wellbeing, to your risk of long-term conditions.
‘Gut health’, is referring to your digestive system, also known as your gastrointestinal (GI) tract.
Your gut contains huge amount of tiny bacteria and other bad and good microorganisms. But unlike harmful bacteria that can make you ill, the natural good bacteria found in your gut are good for you.
This is because they help to break down the food you eat, maintain the balance of bacteria in your gut and support your immune system to fight off other harmful germs.
The bacteria in your gut very often referred to as good bacteria or friendly bacteria, gut flora, microorganisms or microbes.
There are lots of factors that can spoil the balance of bacteria in your gut. Taking certain antibiotics, bad food or having a health condition such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or inflammatory bowel disease.
Supplementing your diet with probiotics can help restore the balance of bacteria in your gut. Probiotics are ‘live’ microorganisms such as good bacteria and yeast.
Taking a probiotic supplement helps to boost and balance the level of good bacteria in your gut.
As studies have shown, there’s a certain connection between gut health, specific gut conditions like IBS, inflammatory bowel disease and other diseases.
Multiple studies have suggested that taking probiotics could reduce how long you have a cold for, while others have reported that they may help to you to fight off pollen allergies.
Some researches have shown that your gut health could affect your mental health. This is sometimes known as the mind-gut connection, the brain-gut connection, or the gut-brain axis.
The communication between your gut and brain is thought to be involving your immune, hormone and nervous systems.
Other reports show that chronic stress can disrupt the bacteria in your gut, cause inflammation and damage the wall of your intestine.
But it’s not only probiotics that can improve your gut health.
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